May 5, 2006

Globalsat BT-359 Bluetooth GPS Receiver

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GlobalSat has announced the next generation of its Bluetooth GPS receiver, the GlobalSat BT-359. The new top of the range Bluetooth GPS is both stylish and functional.

The GlobalSat BT-359 contains the latest SiRFIII Low Power Chipset for high sensitivity. It communicates with Host Platform (PDA, Laptop, and etc.) via Bluetooth Serial Port Profile.

Want to learn more about the SiRF STAR III Chipset - "What is the SiRF star III Chipset?"

With the Bluetooth version 2.0 and built-in ceramic patch antenna, the BT-359 provides faster acquisition times and improves accuracy in urban canyons and under dense foliage.

It contains a replaceable battery with a large capacity (1700mAh), which enables the BT-359 to operate for up to 11 hours. A slide battery lid makes it easy to remove and replace the battery. It also supports WAAS and EGNOS for even greater accuracy.

This new GPS measures 82.0 mm x 41.0 mm x 13.4 mm.

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TeleAtlas and Pioneer set partnership

Tele Atlas announced it has signed an agreement with digital entertainment leader Pioneer Corporation to supply European and North American digital map data and point of interest (POI) content for Pioneer’s current and future in car navigation systems, including the new AVIC-X1BT and AVIC-N3 series of products. We've seen a few of these Pioneer GPS systems hit the market lately and it's no surprise that Pioneer is making a commitment to the skyrocketing GPS category. As TomTom, Garmin and Magellan move their units towards stereos with MP3 players, Pioneer is moving the GPS function into the stereo.

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May 4, 2006

US POI Databases

So, while Europe is well aware of POI databases (Points of Interest), the US is now becoming aware of them with the growing number of speed and red light cameras, and the growing number of GPS units in cars. Well if you need a database of POI's, there is a site that is tracking them and allows downloads for a donation. You can then upload to selected GPS units and set a proximity alert. The proximity alert will tell you when you are within a certain distance to let you know that you need to either slow down or make sure you aren't caught by a red light Camera. Garmin has a POI loader software download (free) that allows you to upload these POI databases to selected Garmin GPS units.


So if you are concerned about speed or red light cameras in your city, and whether it's all of Rhode Island (4 cameras), or the city of Los Angeles (205 cameras), maybe you want to check this site out.


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Amazon.com Promotion: 5% off GPS units

Amazon is running a special Consumer Electronics event where you save 5% off your purchase (up to $100) with the following promotional code: SAVECEEVENTT. This offer runs through May 8th. See: GPS Deals

On top of this, the Garmin Forerunner 201 is currently $99; a pretty good price for this fitness training aid.

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May 1, 2006

Garmin StreetPilot 2820 GPS

Garmin announced a new addition to their expanding line up of Bluetooth enabled GPS units today with the Garmin StreetPilot 2820. The Garmin StreetPilot 2820 is intended to be used for both automotive and motorcycle applications. The Bluetooth features will be a welcome addition in both applications. You want music? Yes, that's in there too; Garmin has included music playback capabilities, as well as FM RDS traffic (or XM traffic), as well as a huge database of trusted Points of Interest and maps. Worried about getting wet on the bike? The unit is waterproof to IPX7 standards, which means it can handle a little rain.


“The StreetPilot series is recognized for incorporating features that make customers’ lives easier,” said Gary Kelley, vice president of marketing. “Bluetooth capability is yet another example of our commitment to providing customers with navigation devices with more flexibility and integrated technologies than any other manufacturer.”

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NAVTEQ brings Traffic Service to Magellan RoadMate 700 and 760


Magellan and NAVTEQ have teamed up to bring traffic capabilities to the masses as they announced today that the Magellan RoadMate 760 and 700 portable vehicle navigation solutions are the first to offer NAVTEQ real-time traffic services via NAVTEQ Traffic RDS (Radio Data System). In addition, all Magellan vehicle navigation solutions introduced in 2006 will provide real-time traffic solutions, even entry-level devices, and will provide the one of the most cost-effective real-time traffic solutions on the market.
The subscription-based traffic service is available immediately for the Magellan RoadMate 760 through the purchase of the Magellan TrafficKit(TM) at the Magellan website or from select retailers. The TrafficKit is also compatible with the Magellan RoadMate 700 when customers obtain a software upgrade from the Magellan website.

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April 29, 2006

Cobra Releases Earnings

Cobra Electronics Corporation announced their latest quarterly results which included a 31.2 percent increase in sales, but a first quarter net loss of $1.1 million, compared to a net loss in the prior year, of $1.4 Million, absent certain non-operating gains. Things aren't all bad though for the GPS area, as "Cobra's sales increase in the first quarter reflected improved sales of mobile navigation products, including the NAV ONE 4000 and NAV ONE 4500," said Jim Bazet, Cobra's President and Chief Executive Officer.

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April 26, 2006

TomTom helps Nab GPS Thief

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Earlier this year we reported on the fact that the rate of stolen GPS units was on the rise here around Boston. Well, TomTom is now reporting that they helped out the Cambridge, MA police to nab a GPS thief. Apparently TomTom, which has its US headquarters only a few miles from Cambridge, donated a TomTom GO 700 unit to the police department who used it as a decoy for a GPS thief. Well, sure enough one came long, broke into the unmarked police car while it was under surveillance and stole the TomTom GO 700. They nabbed the thief who later confessed to stealing other GPS units. Nice Job.

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Pioneer Avic S1 Announced

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Pioneer Electronics unveiled the AVIC-S1, a compact and lightweight portable navigation device that gives drivers access to the entire map of the United States and Canada in a system slightly bigger than the palm of a hand. The highly anticipated system combines the essentials of an installed navigation system with the convenience of a true portable gadget that can be transported easily from car-to-car. The AVIC-S1 is fully contained in a 4.1" X 3.5" X 0.7" chassis, which includes a 3.5-inch touch panel display, 2 gigabyte flash memory for map storage, SiRF Star III GPS receiver, Bluetooth support and built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery to quickly deliver door-to-door route calculations and voice instructions.

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Inrix and Curious Software Collborate

Curious Software and Inrix Inc. announced the companies are extensively collaborating to enable media broadcasters with innovative, animated traffic maps showcasing real-time and predictive traffic flow and incident data from Inrix.

Curious Traffic Producer harnesses the acclaimed mapmaking power of Curious World Maps specifically for illustrating traffic reports. The simple template-driven user-interface allows broadcast media graphics and non-graphics professionals to 'click-and-create' still or animated traffic maps to be ready for air in an instant.

To read more on Inrix Traffic Prediction click
HERE

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