New GPS: Garmin Zumo 550, GPS for Motorcycles

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Garmin announced the debut of Zumo 550, designed from the ground-up to exceed the demands of motorcyclists. This will compete head to head with the TomTom Rider, as both have glove friendly controls, Bluetooth to helmet audio capability, and are waterproof. Garmin has loaded this up with some interesting features, and some nice touches. Fuel reminders with an easy route to gas stations, review your tracks on Google Earth when you get home, and swap trips and waypoints with other Zumo's.

“The Garmin Zumo is designed by motorcyclists for motorcyclists, so it naturally includes hardware and software features that make the device stand out from any other navigator on the market,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “Garmin has long been known as a pioneer in satellite navigation in aircraft, boats, cars, so we’re proud to be able to offer a unit that stands up to the demands of motorcyclists and a motorcycle’s demanding environment.”

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NAVTEQ Maps South Africa

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NAVTEQ has announced a full coverage map for South Africa. Included in the data set is over 450,000 km of roads, enabling customers using the NAVTEQ digital map for South Africa to create navigation solutions for the entire country. The full coverage product, which reaches approximately one hundred percent of South Africa's population, includes over 25,000 points of interest including high value listings such as approximately 3,900 restaurants and 2,100 hotels. Customers integrating the map into consumer and business applications will have access to data representing over 4,955 named places in the country.

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GPS Review: Navman iCN 750

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Another review has hit the Net on the NavMan iCN750, the only in-car navigation system that comes with an integrated digital camera. This time the review on this GPS was from PCMag. They said that they’d have a hard time forking over the $700-$800 for this GPS, even with the camera. Last week, Cnet reviewed the same model, and had a lot of fun with the camera. So, read them both and you decide.

"As a GPS navigation device, the Navman iCN750 is easy to use. On my vacation, it provided accurate, reliable directions and got me to my destinations without any hitches. The NavPix feature is interesting, but at $799.95, there are better GPSs available for the same money"

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July 18, 2006

New GPS: Lowrance iWay 250C

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Lowrance announced the launch of their Lorance iWay 250C GPS, a well priced mid-Tier GPS for a list price of $349. The iWay 250C will come equipped with a 3.5 inch touch screen, with pre-installed NAVTEQ maps for the US and Canada. The unit gives voice turn cues, as well as a load of common features like: street address search, avoid toll roads, and play your MP3’s. It will also show your pictures in JPG format. Expect it to hit shelves this Fall.

From the basic description, it sounds like the iWay 350C, so the jury is out on what happens to the iWay 350C this fall, upgrade? Discontinue? We’ll try to find out for you.

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July 17, 2006

Garmin - Built Conquest GPS on Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

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Garmin announced that Harley-Davidson will begin offering a customized GPS navigation system – named the Conquest – that features highly detailed, pre-loaded maps of North America.

The Harley-Davidson Conquest is available as an accessory for '96-later models (except VRSCR) using the new handlebar mounting bracket. The Conquest will also fit the Road Glide and Electra Glide FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTCUI, AND FLTRI 1998 model year or later with a mount that fits onto the motorcycle’s fairing for a clean and streamlined look.

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Japan May Launch Own GPS Satellites

Japan is considering launching some of its own GPS satellites to augment the US based GPS satellites so that the accuracy and coverage is improved for Japan and surrounding areas. Not satisfied with the accuracy of the signals, Japan could by launching their own satellites, improve accuracy in crowded cites and urban canyons. Apparently special receivers would be needed to access the signals, but since the plans call for the launch of these satellites in 2009 or after, don’t alter your buying plans yet.

Recall that India is also interested in their own navigation satellite launch - IRNS - ReadMore

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July 14, 2006

Up your Limit for MP3's on your Garmin Nuvi

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Have you hit the limit of 500 MP3's on your Nuvi? Well the recent software update raises the limit on MP3's that you can load on the Nuvi from 500 to 1,000. If you want this update, just run the software updater application to get the latest firmware and you're good to go.

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July 13, 2006

Traffic.com and AOL ink Deal - Traffic Feeds on AOL

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In a couple of traffic news items today, Traffic.com has been selected to be the traffic feed provider to AOL, and they also just signed a $3.3 Mil deal to put in traffic sensors around Philly and Pittsburgh. The AOL deal is significant as it will deliver its TrafficOne™ solution, which will be co-branded across the AOL site. Detailed, accurate traffic information for major metropolitan areas across the U.S. will include Traffic.com’s incident, flow data, and Jam Factor® reports and trending measurements. The my traffic.com suite of services will provide this information to AOL users online, on-demand or on-the-go, giving drivers exactly the information they need--when, where and how they want.

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How GPS’s work – Cool online Demo

There is a cool online demo of how a GPS works. This is from Crutchfield and shows the basics of what life is like when navigating with a GPS. Going home? Navigating through traffic? It can show you how these things work. If you are new to a GPS and aren’t sure how they work, check it out.

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July 12, 2006

Google and VW Update – Like Google Earth on your GPS

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We recently announced that VW and Google have teamed up to investigate what the future of GPS navigation should be or rather what it could be. Well they are also working with Nvidia to bring the future to us in a way that is more intuitive and easier to use. The NY Times recently covered this partnership. “VW is working on ways to display the facade of the destination building on the dashboard navigation screen, and to filter out all other irrelevant information. The company also expects to incorporate into its car systems a Google Earth feature that lets users trace a path on the digital map. A high-speed connection to the Internet would be required in the car to make the Google maps available.” Interesting stuff. More at the link below.

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