June 1, 2006

Video on your TomTom GO GPS from Makayama

Wow, so if there was ever a reason to love your TomTom a bit more, here's one. Slap the latest espisode of your favorite TV show or a movie on your TomTom for the trip. This software from Makayama allows you to put compressed video onto the memory card and play the video back on the TomTom.

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NAVTEQ expands relationship with AAA Car Club


NAVTEQ, has been selected by AAA (the travel club folks) as its preferred digital map provider for the United States and Canada. AAA already utilizes NAVTEQ maps for its Internet TripTik, an online travel planning, mapping and routing tool which allows AAA members to plan trips and acquire directions to and from specific destination points.

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TomTom Rider on Moto Guzzi Motorcycles


TomTom announced their worldwide partnership with motorbike specialists Moto Guzzi to provide TomTom RIDER on the Norge 1200 GTL motorcycle in Europe, North America and Australia. TomTom RIDER, TomTom’s navigation device designed specifically for two wheels, will come as standard on the new Norge 1200 GTL. It will also be offered as an accessory option on the Norge 1200 T, TL and GT. The TomTom Rider is customized for bikes and their special needs, like a touch screen that works with gloves on, and Bluetooth technology that allows you to route voice commands to your helmet.

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TeleAtlas and TeleNav Sign Partnership


TeleAtlas announced today an agreement with TeleNav, North America's number one location-based services (LBS) application provider, under which Tele Atlas will supply global digital maps for TeleNav's industry leading products. TeleAtlas has been on a tear lately with several new or expanded partnership announcements. The company's well known product is called TeleNav GPS Navigator, a mobile phone based system. It automatically updates maps and business locations, offers speech recognition, dynamicly updates gas prices and more, according to TeleNav.

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Maps of Iran Released for Garmin

So, you thought you might want to go to Iran but couldn't find a suitable map fo the trip? Bring your Garmin along and download some maps of Tehran and the surrounding area. LeadDog Consulting, LLC and GPS World Supply have released GPS maps for Iran. Coverage includes detailed street level maps of Tehran and Major Roads nationwide. LeadDog and GPS World Supply offer the only truly accurate Iran GPS maps in the world. (Recall GPS World Supply was involved in getting Garmin GPS units loaded with Map data of Iraq. Marine units going there used these units. See our Story.)

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Garmin StreetPilot C550 available for Pre-Order

Amazon is offering the Garmin StreetPilot C550 for pre-order and shipment come June 15th. They originally had the unit shipping today, but pushed things off. This is worrisome, as that's what they did with the Forerunner 305's - kept delaying and delaying. Anyway, the StreetPilot C550 looks like another hot GPS for this summer. Want to learn more about the StreetPilot C550? Check out the Review of the StreetPilot C550 GPS.

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May 31, 2006

New Icons for Garmin C510, C530, C550 and Nuvi


The folks over a the Garmin Blog have let us know about the ability to upload new icons to either the Nuvi, or the StreetPilot C510, C530 , or C550 GPS units. There are four generic vehicles, a sports car, a 4X4 truck, a compact Mini looking car and a motorcycle, as well as a 3-D pointer arrow. They can be had in 8 colors, and the upload to the device looks pretty simple.


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May 30, 2006

Another Contest: Win CoPilot Live


So, there is another contest running that will give away the Co-Pilot live that will add GPS functionality to your Pocket PC. So, check out the link to the Engadget site and submit your photo of the electronic gadgets that you take on vacation with you. It had better be impressive because there are some serious gadget hounds over there. Hurry, submisisons are due Friday!

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Win a TomTom GO 700


So Baskin Robbins is starting a summertime contest that has you searching for pink spoons, and offers you the potential to win trips to lots of destinations, watercraft, trucks, shopping sprees and weekly prizes that include a TomTom GO 700 mobile GPS. Check it out at www.findthepinkspoon.com

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May 28, 2006

INRIX Dust Network - Another Leap in Traffic Prediction

Inrix has been an interesting innovator on the bleeding edge of traffic reporting in the US. They have just announced a major initiative that incorporates information from GPS enabled fleets that radio back traffic conditions to the mother ship which then turns that information into real time traffic reports and ultimately predictions for the rest of us. If you didn't think that getting fancy math to predict traffic conditions was cool enough, how about incorporating information from a half a million vehicles in a commercial fleet to feed you traffic data. Wow. GPS already does directions but the future is traffic incorporation and optimized route navigation based on traffic flow. Right now the future of traffic looks like Inrix.

According to one article online, " Inrix's service will be available soon on web portals like MSN Auto, Cingular cell phones and in-car GPS systems like TomTom." Inrix has a deal with TeleAtlas, which supplies data to TomTom, Cobra and Mio, but not Garmin or Magellan. Uh-oh. Actually, Garmin and Magellan work with NAVTEQ who works with Traffic.com to get traffic feeds based on sensor data. This sensor data is geographically limited, and thus, the Inrix Dust Network has the potential to jump over this sensor based data feed capability.

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