Alpine Blackbird PMD B100 GPS

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the market leader in the high fidelity and high performance mobile equipment has recently launched it's latest innovation a portable navigation device (PND) called the Blackbird PMD-B100. The system can be docked to system and it also has an integrated traffic receiver. Nice looking piece - I guess if GPS receivers can play music, why can't Alpine get into GPS? Music/GPS combo units are coming, so get used to it as a standard feature set for units $400 and up.

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January 9, 2006

Google and VW working on GPS System

Google and Volkswagon are working together to develop navigation systems for VW cars. Not a bad marriage. Volkswagen AG and the search engine Google Inc are working together to develop a prototype navigation system for cars, Google founder Larry Page said at the Consumer Electonics Fair in Las Vegas, said Die Welt newspaper.

The aim is to integrate the Google application Google Earth, an electronic world map, into VW cars. Google software will allow single images from satellites and aerial photographs to be incorporated into a detailed visual navigation system able to zoom in on buildings. Aerial views are OK, but I want pictures of the actual building. This would certainly help in the situations where you are looking for a specific building or location - if you could pull up an actual picture of the actual business/building. I would assume that you won't be bringing along a few terabytes of information on your VW Jetta, so maybe this is being planned for high speed internet connections to the car?

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January 7, 2006

Stolen GPS Units on the Rise

Now that you have that nice GPS hanging off your windshield, you'd better protect it. Thieves are starting to realize their value and the ease of stealing them. In Brookline and Cambridge, both just outside of Boston, reports of stolen GPS units are on the rise. Since mid-December, Brookline Police have noticed a rash of thefts of electronic Global Positioning System units from inside parked cars in town, following a trend across the state. In Brookline, and nearby Cambridge, police have received reports for more than 20 systems, which can cost more than $1,000 depending on the model, being stolen from inside cars.

Brookline Police Captain John O'Leary said that gadgets like these, which are new and in-demand, are easy targets when left on the dashboard in plain sight, especially because they're small and easy to pocket, and aren't permanently mounted in the car.

So watch out!

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January 6, 2006

Inrix - Traffic PREDICTION

Readers of GPS Lodge might remember the name Inrix as I have mentioned the company here a couple of times. Inrix has taken on the test of modeling traffic in major cities and then predicting what will happen as a result of bad weather, or an accident, let's say. Inrix knows that when an accident happens in the middle lane on a certain major road, that it will take so many hours for the road to clear again and function normally. Inrix watches in real time what is happening and then predict what traffic will be like as a result. With this information you can route plan for the fastest routing.

There are a couple of nice write up on them with some extra news (links below).

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January 5, 2006

Chitter Chatter Kids Phone - A GPS Equipped Kids Phone

The new Chitter Chatter kids' phone was designed to empower kids and parents with both phone and LBS tracking capabilities, with a suggested retail price of under $50. these folks are taking a different approach to the kids phone thing by dropping the phone into the watch form factor and using the GPS functionality to get location based information back to the parents.

Hop-on's Chitter Chatter kids phone will solve the answer the question of "Where is my child?" through state-of-the-art GPS Enhanced LBS (Location Based Services) tracking . The Track-Me! Feature allows the user to send the address of his/her location to their parents' cell phones via a SMS message. Parents can also track their children by sending an SMS message to their child's phone. The parents will receive the address of the child's location. The location can also be tracked over the Internet.

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New Mio C710 and Mio C310

Mio has been releasing GPS devices all last year with lots of interest, and now they have announced two more devices. The Mio C710 is a high end device with Bluetooth connectivity, media player functionality for photo and video playback, and if you are lucky enough to be in a traffic feed served market - you get to use the lifetime live traffic feed service. The Mio C310 lacks the Bluetooth and the traffic feeds.

See our Review of the Mio C310 - Read Review

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DriveSync Debuts at CES

DriveSync has s new approach to tracking cars - most likely teens of paranoid parents. This unit avoids the subscription fees by caching the results of where the car has been on the unit in a little USB drive. You then grab the drive, plug it into the computer and see what's up.

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Turn your Magellan Roadmate 800 into a DivX Movie Player

Over at GPS Passion there is a post that tells you how to get into your Magellan Roadmate 800 to modify it so that you can play movies on it. The Magellan RoadMate 800 is apparently running a full version of Windows CE4.2 and there is a keystroke sequence to get into the hidden menu. Once there, you can upload programs to alter the functionality. It may work, or it may blow your $800 for your RM800. I can't vouch for the accuracy and if you do this you're on your own.

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January 4, 2006

Pharos Traveler 525 GPS

Pharos announced that they are launching the Pharos Traveler 525, a PDA based GPS device that is the first such integrated device to include WiFi, Bluetooth in the Windows Mobile platform. the big news here is that it also comes pre-loaded with Skype for Pocket PC for PC to PC communication all over the world. Because it's Windows based, you'll be able to sync up with your desktop or laptop to bring your addressbook, appointments and documents with you. The Pharos traveler 525 comes pre-loaded with maps of 50 US cities.


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January 3, 2006

Read the Garmin Nuvi Blog and Win a Nuvi

So, Garmin figured that they would write up a blog from the CES this week, and they are writing it from the point of view of their new Nuvi traveler's assistant.

Nuvi is a portable GPS navigator, traveler's reference, and digital entertainment system, all in one. Combined with detailed maps, nuvi provides automatic routing, turn-by-turn voice directions that speak street names, and finger-touchscreen control-making it easy to find your way anywhere.

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