July 27, 2006

NAVTEQ Second Quarter Earnings up 11%


NAVTEQ reported record second quarter revenue for the quarter ended July 2, 2006. Revenue in the quarter rose 11% over the second quarter of 2005 to $135.9 million. Net income was $23.8 million, compared to $25.3 million in the prior year's second quarter. Earnings per diluted share were $0.25, compared to $0.27 in the second quarter of 2005. NAVTEQ supplies maps to GPS makers like Garmin and Magellan while also supplying online mapping services like Google Maps and MapQuest. NAVTEQ is generally known to be the stronger player in the US, while TeleAtlas is known to be the stronger player in Europe.

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Traffic.com Adds Coverage to 10 Metro Areas


Traffic.com announced that the Company has expanded its geographic coverage from 40 to 50 U.S. metropolitan areas. More than 120 million drivers now have access to free, real-time traffic information online and on-the-go. Traffic.com’s 10 new metropolitan areas are Albany, NY; Birmingham, AL; Greensboro, NC; Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Tulsa, OK; and Tucson, AZ. The expanded coverage enhances Traffic.com’s nationwide solutions and services supplied to business partners, government agencies, and consumers.

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GPS units in the press

A couple of stories on GPS units in the news that I wanted to pass along. The first is from the NYTimes that has a general overview on the GPS market, and how they are expanding beyond just navigation. If you’ve been a reader here you know all this already: NavMan and its ability to take pictures, traffic feeds through FM and XM satellite, music players, picture viewers and even form video players.

Another story came out of the LA Times that takes a more cynical look at GPS units, but again doesn’t offer anything that you probably already know. Anyway, sometimes it’s interesting to see what mass media is publishing to help understand what the masses think about GPS navigators.

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July 26, 2006

Take a Road Trip - Win MS Streets and Trips 2006 with GPS

Here's another contest that could have you winning a new copy of Microsoft Streets and Trips 2006 with a GPS locator. The contest has you taking a classic road trip this summer, taking a picture and writing up a story about your adventure; easy right? Well, you are taking a road trip anyways, right? Snap a digital picture and whip up a great story, how hard is that? Entries are needed by September, 2006.

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Infill G4 - In Car Windows XP PC with Navigation


Here's a sweet little Korean number that will do just about everything for you: The Infill G4, and in car PC running Windows XP home edition that comes with 512MB of RAM and a good looking 6.5 inch touch screen. Yes, of course it's a GPS unit with full navigation, powered by the SiRF star III chipset and it comes with navigational maps and free upgrades - that's a great idea. At about $2,000, I would hope so!

The unit of course plays DVD video and can handle the best movies with its 5.1 surround sound capability, and with a 40GB hard drive, it will surely hold plenty of music.

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Google Mobile Maps adds Traffic


Got Google Mobile Maps? Google Mobile now has traffic reporting for you while on the go through your mobile phone. Google has had the mobile maps for a while now, but the recent update adds traffic in 30 major metro areas (they didn’t say which ones). The system allows you to pick a route, and Mobile Maps will trace the traffic enabled areas in green, yellow or red according to the severity of the traffic. They will even predict travel times based on the traffic flow. This is a pretty good step forward that I haven’t seen much on, but anyone who has been snarled in traffic can tell you it’s tough to know how long the back-up will last. Mobile Maps is free (except for the airtime charges to you), and works as a java program on your java enabled, gps, mobile, phone.

Check out more at www.google.com/gmm

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July 25, 2006

Appalachian Trail Hut Coordinates and Trip to Mt Washington

Recently, we took a trip up to Mt Washington to hike up, stay over at the Lakes of the Clouds hut, and then hiked back down. The Lakes of the Clouds Hut is located in between Mt Washington and Mt Monroe on the Appalachian Trail. Of course I brought my Garmin GPS, and recorded the trip for prosperity, and as a certain measure of safety. While we generally had great weather, Mt Washington is known to have the worst weather in the US, claiming to have recorded the highest wind speed ever on land (somewhere north of 230 MPH). Anyway, in researching our trip, I came across a set of Latitude and Longitude coordinates for all huts and shelters along the Appalachian Trail. Thought I would pass on the link.

They also have a GPX file available with the coordinates to all the AT huts.

AT Huts Coordinates

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Updated POI Databases for US

Satellite GPS POI Database has been updated recently to include more Points of Interest across the US in a meaningful way, by adding more Red Light Cameras in LA, Memphis, the Boston Area and the Portland area. They have also added a database of YMCA's nationwide. The site has several dozen POI databases that are available, that are updated regularly and may include POI's that your GPS doesn't. The databases are easy to load up on your Garmin device. The site has all the information.


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July 24, 2006

New GPS: Lowrance iWay 600C


On the heels of the iWay 250C announcement, Lowrance has introduced the new iWAY 600C (and you thought with the recent merger you wouldn't see anything new from Lowrance....). The iWAY 600C is the first to offer both precision street-ready and marine-ready navigation... including a wealth of road mapping, plus charting for inland and coastal waters with depth contours...in one complete waterproof package. It's loaded with features including: a larger 5" , highest-resolution color touch-screen display, 30GB hard drive, built-in stereo MP3 player and full-spectrum FM transmitter; the iWay lists for $799.

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New GPS: Averatec Voya 350


Averatec Inc launched its first product for the consumer electronics market with the Voya 350 personal navigation system. Overall, the product similar features to a lot of other GPS products on the market. The Voya 350 has voice prompts, and automatic route calculation, a 3.5 inch touch screen and comes with pre-loaded NAVTEQ maps. It has 1.6 million POI's, a few million less than some of the market leading devices. It has a helix type antenna that should give it solid GPS reception.

The Voya 350 should be available in the US for around $400.

UPDATE: See a Review of the Averatec Voya 350 here at the GPS Lodge.


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