August 7, 2006

Inrix - Nationwide Average Speeds


Inrix is using their Dust Network of fleet vehicles to figure out what the average speed is on US roads. They didn’t just compute the average speed, but figured out the average speed by time of day, while taking into account things like weather, seasonality and major events (like that big game at the local stadium). So while this database must be huge, it can be used in fleet management type applications, and plugs into data provided by the leading map data providers, NAVTEQ and TeleAtlas. I don’t know what the database size is, but one has to think that this data will someday find its way to your GPS. So while live traffic feed data can cover major highways, they can’t always get you information on secondary roads, this data could help your GPS figure out what the best way to your destination given the wacky nature of traffic.

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August 4, 2006

Trackback Week in Review and Great Buys

Interesting Week behind us, taking a look back:

  • 2006 GeoCaching Contest launched
  • Garmin Announced some Killer Earnings - the GPS Market is soaring!
  • Garmin Announced plans for a Garmin Store on Michigan Ave.
  • GPS Review on Garmin Nuvi 360
  • Our GPS Review on the StreetPilot C550 was featured at the Garmin Blog. If you haven't gone over there, they have a lot of great stuff.
  • A remedy for Blue Screen Lock-ups on the Magellan RoadMate 800 was released.

    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a rundown:

  • At Amazon, Buy a TomTom GO 910 and get an iPod Shuffle FREE. Click the link and scroll down. Limited Time.

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– Blowout price. Well off the $900 list price, making way for the Nuvi 360. If you are thining about a Nuvi - check out these screen protectors.

  • 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.

  • Sony Nav-U 70 - $100 Rebate ends 8/5!! See our posts for reviews of the Sony Nav-U.

    Handheld GPS

  • Garmin GPSMap 60CS - $50 Rebate only at Amazon. Rebate through 8/21/06.

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

  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx - $50 Rebate. VERY capable GPSMAP handhelds, excellent performers.
  • Garmin GPSMap 60CSx - $50 Rebate - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.
  • Garmin eTrex Venture Cx - $50 Rebate - 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.

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  • Next Census to Use Handheld GPS Systems in US

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    In 2009 the Census Bureau is planning on using GPS technology to map the location of your front door, according to a recent NPR story. In the US, the Census Bureau is charged with the responsibility of taking a full census every 10 years. The idea of having 100,000 workers out there with GPS devices recording not only your household make-up, but your GPS coordinates may sound cool, but I would imagine that it will set off a huge privacy issue among the paranoid. Sounds a bit Big Brother-ish, eh? I say bring it on. They cite that they will be able to use this data in emergency planning and rescue services.

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    August 3, 2006

    NAVTEQ Supplies POI data to Under Secretary of Defense

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    NAVTEQ has been selected as the provider of Points of Interest (POI) information by the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for use on its MilitaryHOMEFRONTand MilitaryInstallations websites, which support quality of life and relocation activities for the military community. If it’s good enough for the armed forces to use for their families, it’s good enough for you.

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    August 2, 2006

    Traffic Solutions on the Today Show

    The Today show took a look at how traffic is hurting us, and some ways around it. They talked about Satellite Radio subscriptions for traffic feeds (XM and Sirius). They also looked at GPS devices, talking specifically the Garmin StreetPilot C550 , describing it as the “New Vanguard” (See our recent review of the Garmin SP C550) and the Pioneer Avic Z1 which learns about local work-arounds for avoiding traffic. They also talked about Verizon’s VZ Navigator for mobile phones and Google Maps for the Blackberry. Brian Cooley from CNet talks through the options.

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    Sony Launches GPS Geotag device GPS-CS1

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    Sony Electronics today announced a GPS device that puts your pictures on the map. The GPS-CS1 GPS device can wirelessly put a geotag on your photos so you know exactly where you took them. The 12-channel GPS unit is 3-½ inches long, weighs two ounces, and is sold with a carabineer to easily attach to a backpack or a belt loop.

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    July 31, 2006

    Update 2: Cobra 2500 with WiFi

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    Update: More news out on the Cobra NavOne 2500 launch. Word is out that it will be equipped with WiFi to help enable updates wirelessly. While data and firmware updates are sometimes few and far between, thereby minimizing the utility of WiFi, I could see a Cobra “Home” type application that would allow you to work on routes on your computer and send it to the Cobra 2500.

    We previously reported that iIt will apparently be traffic enabled to use the optional traffic reciever. It will also ship with an SD card slot which Cobra hopes you will fill with their Travel Guides which will be available for $39 to $99.

    Original Story follows: Cobra is set to launch the NavOne 2500, the follow-up to the well known NavOne 4500. The NavOne 2500 is set to enter the mid-tier segment of the market with a 3.5" color touch screen, and a new software platform for Cobra. More after the jump...

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    Garmin to Open Store in Chicago

    Garmin announced it will open a retail product showcase on the world-renowned "Magnificent Mile" in downtown Chicago, located at 669 North Michigan Avenue -- in time for the 2006 holiday shopping season. Garmin is bringing it down from the mountain and bringing the GPS word to the masses this holiday season.

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    July 28, 2006

    Cobra sales up Profit Off on GPS Write-Off

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    Cobra Electronics announced a sales increase of 9% for the second quarter - $39.6Mil vs. $33.7Mil year ago, but reported a net loss of $2.7 million due to write-offs of GPS assets. Their older generation products weren’t selling so well, and they wrote off both the inventory and the intellectual assets associated with it. They go on to talk about the positive reception that their recent GPS products have gotten and the high expectations for their newer NavOne 2500 product.

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    TeleAtlas Earnings - 17% increase in Revenue

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    On the heels of their Competitor NAVTEQ's announcement of an 11% revenue growth, Teleatlas has released improved earnings for the second quarter, of 60 Million Euros, a 17% increase compared to the second quarter a year ago. Profit swung from a loss of 1.3 Million Euros to a positive 4.5 Million Euros. The big push was from a strong 81% revenue growth in the personal navigation segment, no doubt powered by some of its big customers like TomTom and Cobra. They are also seeing strong interest in their Developers Link program that attracts developers to help them program and find uses for their mapping data. This will help them offer more to their customers in the future.

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