VDO GPS In Rearview Mirror

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VDO has announced a new navigation device for your car (if you live in Europe) that integrates a GPS device into your rear view mirror. The 4” screen appears in the right side of the mirror that allows you to see the results of navigation where you are already “supposed” to be looking. Is it me, or does it sound like this thing is going to be huge – I mean a 4” screen (4:3 ratio) in the rearview mirror? Is this going to take up such a huge space on my windshield that I am going to have a massive blind spot there?

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Trimble Acquires AllSport GPS – Mobile Phone Based Fitness Tool

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Trimble announced that they acquired the parent company of AllSport – a company that sells a mobile phone application that allows you to turn your GPS equipped mobile phone into a fitness-tracking tool, and have launched a fitness application service under the Trimble name. We reported on a similar application from BIMActive this summer, and it sounds like an obvious win if you can implement it, right? The service includes a downloadable program and optionally an online data tracking service that can help you train better and can act as a central warehouse for all that you do. The services range in price from about $7 to $20 per month.

allsportmap.pngOne tier also allows you to download maps and see where you are in real time – very cool. A nice feature, and one that I have heard a lot of travelers ask for is that you can download recommended routes – so, if you are in a new city, you can get some decent routes to try out and keep the workout schedule alive. More after the jump.

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August 26, 2006

Not so Fast there Marty McDrunk – GPS halts Drinking and Driving

Just when you thought the lowly GPS was only going to show up in criminal tracking ankle bracelets and automobile navigation systems, now there’s a breathalyzer hooked up to a GPS and your car. Can’t pass the blow test? This new device not only detects the presence of alcohol, but locates the vehicle and even remotely stops the vehicle. Some models even offer an accurate blood alcohol (BAC) level. These new devices are designed to help reduce the instances of drunk diving, especially among the teenage population or the two time DUI offender who still drives around.

"Our intention with ACT GPS is to inform people of alcohol abuse both before and while operating a motor vehicle. By providing people with the proper information we hope to reduce future instances of alcohol related crashes and fatalities," expresses Ray Caperton with CTI, LLC.

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August 25, 2006

Trackback - Week in Review and Great GPS Deals

Interesting week behind us, taking a look back:

  • TomTom ONE available for Pre-Order at Amazon
  • GPS Review: TomTom ONE North America
  • New GPS: Garmin Nuvi 660 Leaked
  • Makayama Video for New TomTom GO Series
  • Sony PSP to Get GPS - Pictures Surface
  • Use Garmin eTrex Files in Garmin Training Center
  • TeleAtlas to supply Map Data to SpotScout
  • NAVTEQ maps Australia
  • Wherify Wireless Launches New Monitoring Service - GPS Based Phones
  • GPS Based Speed Demon Driving Monitor
  • Boeing Delays New GPS Satellites
  • Casio GPS Watch - GPR-100
  • Lowrancce iWay 350 Software Update

    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– Blowout price. Well off the $900 list price, making way for the Nuvi 360.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $700 and within striking distance of the Nuvi 350 price.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $400 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $450. Text to speech capability – says “Turn right on Maple St.” instead of “Turn Right”; a nice touch for an extra $50. Also optional traffic capability. See our review.

  • Sony Nav-U 70 - $100 Rebate extended - ends 9/12 See our posts for reviews of the Sony Nav-U.

    Lowrance iWay 350C – $50 Rebate right now. Mid Tier model that we reviewed earlier this year. Highly configurable. Rebate Through 10/30.

    Lowrance iWay 500C - $100 Rebate right now. BIG 5 inch touch screen and 10GB available for your MP3’s on board. Rebate though 10/30.


    Handheld GPS

  • Garmin GPSMap 60CS - $50 Rebate only at Amazon. Rebate extended. Now through 10/31/06.

    New "x" series GPS Units with the better SiRF star III Chipset. All $50 Rebates, all run through 12/31/06.

  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx - VERY capable GPSMAP handhelds, excellent performers.
  • Garmin GPSMap 60CSx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.
  • Garmin eTrex Venture Cx - Entry level color handheld with Mapping. Net Cost is within about $30 of the Monochrome Legend - DEFINITELY worth the upgrade - Color, Memory Card, USB Connectivity, 32 hour battery life..... consider at least the Venture Cx.
  • Garmin eTrex Legend Cx - adds a 64MB micro SD card.
  • Garmin eTrex Vista Cx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.

  • New Rebate on Garmin MetroGuide V8 - $30 back now through March 1, 2007.

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  • Sony PSP to Get GPS - Pictures Surface

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    So word on the street has it that Sony will finally release the GPS module for their PSP game next in the next month or so. We pictures have popped up on a site that not only shows the Sony PSP with the GPS module sticking out of it, but a new Pink PSP too. While this appears to be creating quite a stir, it might be a swan song for the handheld that kind-of caught on. Who knows, we’ll see. With Sony’s history or proprietary formats, do you think they’ll launch their own satellite system that only the PSP will use? Sorry couldn’t resist.

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    Use Garmin eTrex Files in Garmin Training Center

    Long time readers of GPS Lodge know that I like to use my Garmin eTrex GPS for bike rides. I have piloted several week-long bike rides with friends covering hundreds of miles with routes pre-programmed on the GPS giving us a decent turn by turn reference for the entire trip. (I know some friends will read this, so I have to say that we did make a wrong turn or two when intersections got crazy - the rides weren't flawless.) I also use it to plan training rides that can last up to 80 miles. It’s nice to be able to capture this information and log it somewhere. This past summer I found myself liking the Garmin Training Center interface that allows you to track training performance metrics like average speed. You can use Training Center with the Garmin Forerunner series, but I was unable to get my eTrex Tracks that I create when I ride, into the Training Center database. Here’s a workaround – Keep your eTrex, and use it like an Edge 205. Don't have Training Center? You can download that too - for free.

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    August 24, 2006

    TeleAtlas to supply Map Data to SpotScout

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    TeleAtlas has teamed up with Spotscout – a parking space location based service service. Spotscout will use TeleAtlas’ mapping technology to help it bring parking availability in real time. SpotScout’s software solution is designed to help drivers find information about available parking spaces via a mobile information network. Combined with Tele Atlas’ highly accurate and up-to-date digital maps, subscribing mobile navigation system users will be able to quickly “spotscout” for and reserve a parking space that a “spotscaster” near them owns, leases or plans to vacate.

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    NAVTEQ maps Australia

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    NAVTEQ reports that they have for immediate availability, a full coverage navigable map of Australia. (GPS Providers still need to incorporate into their proprietary formats before you can use in your car.) With the release of Australia, NAVTEQ® maps now cover 6 continents and 58 countries. This offering is another notable achievement in NAVTEQ’s initiative to grow its map portfolio and to support its customers in the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific navigation market.

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    August 23, 2006

    Wherify Wireless Launches New Monitoring Service - GPS Based Phones

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    Another “Where are my kids Service” has launched; Wherify Wireless. They launched nationally in the US today, through impressively, Toys “R” Us (as well as others), where the phone is available starting October 1st. The design is very easy for younger kids to understand and use. One has to wonder if all phones won’t offer this service in the future so that no matter what phone you buy, tracking can be set up for others to monitor – I’m thinking teens and the elderly here.

    The Wherifone is the world’s first GSM/GPS phone designed for children and seniors, and gives on-the-go parents the peace of mind of being able to quickly locate and communicate with their young children and elderly relatives at any time from anywhere, while also controlling who they can call and how much it will cost.

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    GPS Based Speed Demon Driving Monitor

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    There’s a new speed monitoring device heading our way but the difference here is that it is made by a teen, targeted at helping teens become better drivers. The Speed Demon is a GPS equipped device that monitors excessive speed above pre-set limits, which can then be used by parents to help punish, er, ah, help the teens become better drivers. The device does not however record everywhere the teen drives, respecting his or her privacy to do what ever they want below the speed settings….. The inventor Jonathan Fischer and his device recently won an inventor competition.

    ReadMore at the Speed Demmon Website

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