June 29, 2006

NAVTEQ - Program to Upgrade your Maps

NAVTEQ has announced a program to alert you as to when your maps are out of date. This works for in car and after market systems for a handful of vendors such as Alpine, Becker, JVC, Panasonic, Pioneer, Sony and VDO. The deal is that you register your product and then they let you know when there are updates for your maps. More at NAVTEQ

That's all well and good, but here's what I want.... after the jump:

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June 28, 2006

Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 Arrives for Review at the GPS Lodge


Update - Read our review:
Garmin StreetPilot C550 Review by GPS Lodge

The Garmin StreetPilot C550 arrived for review at the GPS Lodge, and we’re pretty excited. The StreetPilot C550 is the latest addition to the popular C-series for Garmin. Late last year we reviewed the StreetPilot C340, and though that it was great. Very simple, very accurate, very good. (Read our review).

The new additions to the Garmin C-series was announced back in March at the CeBIT in Germany, and included the C510, the C530 and the C550. The C510 has European coverage, and optional traffic alerts, the C530 has the same features for the US market and the C550 has Bluetooth hands free speaker phone capability, FM traffic alerts standard, an MP3 player, and text to speech capability to say street names. All C500 series products have the SiRF star III chipset, preloaded maps and an SD card slot for added features and memory.

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June 27, 2006

Need a GPS for a trip? Try renting a GPS

It's the summer driving season. Yes, there are still a few people out there who don't own a GPS, but need one for a while. Well there are a couple of places that you can rent a GPS for a weekend, week or longer for that special trip of a lifetime that just can't happen without a GPS. The selection is limited, but most places will arrange shipment to you and will end your rental period when you drop the GPS off to be shipped back to them.

GPS Rental Sites:

Lower Gear - Outdoor oriented site with handheld GPS and automobile GPS rentals

PhoneRental - Offers automobile GPS rentals.

GPSMart - Numerous Automotive GPS units for rent in Canada

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June 26, 2006

Traffic.com to Expand Atlanta Traffic Sensor Network

If you own a GPS equipped with traffic sensors, then you know how these can help you navigate the ever expanding traffic snarls these days, and it you have ever driven in Atlanta, you know that it’s bad there. Well it appears that Atlanta will be getting better coverage in the near future to feed your need for traffic information. Traffic.com plans to install these sensors along major expressways, including I-20, around the Atlanta metropolitan area by the summer of 2007.

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June 23, 2006

TomTom and Fiat Join up to offer the TomTom ONE


TomTom and Fiat have joined forces in the French market to offer the TomTom ONE in an options package that includes air conditioning, ally wheels and the TomTom ONE. TomTom continues to develop its automotive arm and the deal with Fiat further demonstrates this strategy. With a quick to market introduction and the added benefit of easily upgradeable software, TomTom’s navigation solution provides an attractive proposition.

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GPS Review: Magellan RoadMate 3000T

RoadMate 3000T

A new review has hit the presses on the Magellan RoadMate 3000T and from the article, there are a lot of solid featres in the unit. The unit is launched into the more crowded mid-tier sweetspot of GPS receivers for cars. For me, this is the place that solid features for a good price intersect. The units here have reasonably sized screens, easy to use interfaces with a touch screen driven system, and they are affordable in the $350 and up range.

Craig Ellison from PC Magazine has a review up, and in summary he says, “Magellan's RoadMate 3000T is a good, solid competitor in the $600 range. Features such as SmartDetour and Quick Spell differentiate it from some of its competitors. An improved interface and the combination of hardware buttons and touch-screen input make it easier to use than earlier RoadMate models.”

ReadMore at PCMag

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Mio H610 Handheld GPS


Update: More on the Mio H610

Mio is taking the GPS world by storm, and there’s a sneak peak at the Mio H610 that’s come out. The H610 looks like a competitor to the very popular Garmin Nuvi 350. The Mio H610 would have maps of 24 European countries pre-loaded, expandable with an SD card slot, a 400MHz processor, a 320 by 240pixel screen displaying 65,000 colors, and a host of extras like an MP3 player as well as some traveler aids like dictionaries and currency converters. Looks small, potentially too small to be useful in a car like the Nuvi? Don’t really know until we hold one in our hands. Looking forward to more news on the Mio H610 GPS, aren’t you?

ReaMore at Crave for more information.

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Mio Euro news: C710, C510E, C210, A701, P550 and P350

Mio recently launched the Mio C710 and the Mio C510E, essentially Euro versions of the Mio C710 and the Mio C310 that are on the US market. The Mio C510E is a personal navigation device with a small PDA style form and has a lot of nice features to it. We are writing up our Review of the Mio C310 GPS and it will publish next week. The Mio C710 essentially has added traffic (included) and Bluetooth; common features these days for the new crop of higher end navigation devices.

There’s a nice run down of the products from Crave in the UK – see Crave.

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June 21, 2006

One Too Many GPS Makers?

With the announcement yesterday that Philips wants to enter the GPS market, some folks, including myself, have been left scratching their heads on where this thing is going to go over the next few years. Garmin has a lock on the US market, and it’s theirs to lose if a great competitor comes in and grabs a big chunk of the market. TomTom is a good example of a strong player entering the market and grabbing a quarter of it from the hands of Garmin and Magellan. In Europe, it’s the reverse, TomTom is dominant and Garmin wants a bigger share. Enter Sony and Philips.

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The GPS as a Fashion Accessory - the Intempo "Buddy"


In a sure sign that the GPS market is starting to bubble over, the GPS has gone fashion accessory. Enter Buddy, the Intempo Digital GPS in Pink with butterflies and flowers to boot. Somehow, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this on a few dashboards in the coming months as a high tech fashion toy for the very style conscious. Sorry TomTom and Garmin; are we to expect pink high fashion next?

The Buddy does feature a 3.5 inch touch screen that will get you from here to there, with standard GPS functions. Prices at around £300 in the UK, this GPS will have to be more than a quick impulse buy for that date on Saturday night.

Via GadgetCandy

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