July 12, 2009

Week in Review - GPSLodge.com

Well, it's been a busy week this first full week in July. Personally, I have been on vacation, in the land of the GPS Store - a great week at the beach. Having time off during the first week of the Tour de France was great to see developments unfold as Lance returns in what appears to be full form, and watching Jake's Twitter feed (Garmin Outdoor PR Manager) tell the behind the scenes tales of a tour junkie (Did you know Jimmy Buffett is a Tour Fan and a Garmin user?). Team Garmin Slipstream, is doing well as is Lance's team; Astana. Should be an exciting Alps set of stages next week. If you are following us on Twitter, you'd know all of this already; if not go ahead and follow GPSLodge on Twitter.

Mobile GPS applications are all the rage right now, as big names are pushing into the iPhone and G1 space. TeleNav, TomTom and Navigon are all going into the iPhone space, while Trimble announced an Outdoors application for the G1.

Garmin started shipping their Nuvi 1200 and 1300 series; with a big push this week.

I will be posting my TomTom GO 740 LIVE review later today; stay tuned.

-Scott

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July 6, 2009

GPS vs. Map and Compass

When people hike into the woods for a day hike, sometimes the choice is not as critical, but when you are hiking, let's say into the White Mountains, or any back country area, you need to be able to rely on your navigation tools. I always carry a couple of sets of extra batteries to back up what I think I will need for my expected trip, and a paper map just in case. It's a system that hasn't failed me yet.

The AMC did a little run-off on the Map and Compass vs. the GPS in a nice little head to head exercise that helps set the stage for why you might want to bring both, while also pointing out the obvious: the GPS is a nice step forward in technology.

I will say that before you get a new GPS and carry it into the wilderness, you need to take the time to rely on it's capabilities and learn to use them to locate where you are, where you want to go and how to get there as fast as possible. There's a big difference between having a GPS, so that you know where you are versus having a GPS and being able to navigate with it.

Check out the AMCs head to head of a GPS vs. a Map and Compass

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July 3, 2009

Tour de France Contest - Map My Ride

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Here's a contest that can earn you some bragging rites or at least a few grand from MapMyRide.com, the program that allows you to map and upload bike routes to share them with the greater biking community. The site has really grown up since I first saw it with lots of integration of services, capabilities and features. The basic idea is that it is a great community of other riders where you can share rides, routes and tips. They have also wrapped training programs and training goals around the offering to make it a pretty compelling site. There is a free and premium version.

Check out Map My Ride and look into how you can Map Your Ride, and ride the virtual tour this year; maybe even win some prizes. Who knows, maybe Phil Liggett will be announcing you winning the virtual tour at the end of the contest.


at MapMyRide.com

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June 12, 2009

NAVTEQ Sees More Pedestrian Navigation

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NAVTEQ is talking about a future with more pedestrian based navigation, driven by their Discover Cities mapping work. The effort is delivering more data to hardware and service providers that enable the on foot navigation where there is not supposed to be traffic, or where subway or bus travel is involved. The idea that navigation help makes the jump to foot traffic is not a giant leap, but I am not sure how it will make that jump. The question if people actually be more likely to use this capability if it is through an over the air service to their mobile phone or through an add-on to their GPS navigation device like a Nuvi remains to be answered.

"The growing number of commercially available devices and applications reinforces the trend that pedestrian navigation is becoming mainstream," said Jeff Mize, executive vice president, global sales, NAVTEQ. "We are pleased that the high-quality data from NAVTEQ Discover Cities will enable our customers to provide consumers with accurate orientation and guidance to further enhance the pedestrian experience."

Full Press Release below....

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June 11, 2009

Cobra SL3 Red Light Camera Locator

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Cobra is launching a new Red Light Camera locator into the market to pump up their "Aura" database of red light cameras, offering a non-navigation GPS-based solution to being alerted to the threats of red light cameras, speed cameras and enforcement areas. The unit comes equipped with a database of "threat" areas pre-loaded and it simply plugs into your computer to update the database when ever you want. The database is 100% verified for accuracy, and available anytime. No word on the going cost after the 1-year trial subscription runs out.

The toy-like device will light up when you are approaching a danger zone to warn you of your imminent "photo-op". Cost is $99 and comes with a 1-year trial subscription.

ReadMore at Cobra.com

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June 10, 2009

GPS Saves Fuel - While Flying?

Thought I would pass this along - American Airlines is testing a new method of flying planes across the Atlantic on a Paris to Miami route. The planes usually fly in set pathways across the Atlantic that were established long before the current capabilities for better navigation with GPS, and they are not very direct or thus fuel efficient. The more direct route governed by GPS direction finding would hopefully save significant fuel. When coupled with other fuel saving tactics, even a small dent in the millions of gallons a year that they burn through would make a significant difference.

The system, dubbed NextGen, is a game changer if it works, but I am sure with the installed base of technology and expertise out there that is invested for current methodology, we're not going to see a big change overnight.

ReadMore - Miami Herald

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June 8, 2009

The Connected Car Future

Interesting article in the Economist about the future of the connected car. The article talks about the stuff we know - GPS navigation, Inrix traffic probe data helping get us around traffic, but then ventures into how Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communication might work as well as Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) communication might work too. Toll transponders are the most obvious use for V2I communication, but you might start getting a network effect of communication between vehicles to share not only traffic, but traffic signal colors, emergency vehicle alerts and sudden braking situations.

At the Economist

Via Inrix Twitter Feed

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June 2, 2009

Save Money When Driving - Get a GPS

A recent article in the Boston Globe detailed a few ways to save money while owning a car, and that includes owning a GPS. The article is a little thin, but certainly offers the idea that driving around lost wastes time and gas, get a GPS and get yourself found. We know from a recent study (Sponsored by NAVTEQ through so some readers have voiced concern over teh validity of the study - I think it's reasonable) showed a reduction in miles and gas consumption for GPS owners.

Now, you can do the math about wasted time and gas vs. the cost of a GPS, but I think the payoff is in the area of freedom and confidence. I can't tell you how many "away" games I have used the GPS to get to and had no problem while others are barely avoiding accidents as they read cryptic directions off of a print out from the coach on how to find a field.

Add to that finding a business, a Real Estate Listing, ANYTHING when you are new to town, and so on.....

How does a GPS save you time and money? Leave a comment to tell us how.

At the Boston Globe

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May 27, 2009

Geovative - JFK Tour of Boston

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While it may not be THE reason to come to Boston, it might make sense to grab this free driving tour of Boston and see a few locations around town that are meaningful to JFK. You can download the file to a Garmin or TomTom, or just follow some printed directions to get from historical place to historical place. The tour was assembled by the Boston Globe, and put up by Geovative, where you can find a lot of other GPS tours for download.

More at Geovative and the Boston Globe

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May 17, 2009

MLB Gets Geolocation Patent

In the never ending battle to sell its product, MLB has been awarded a patent to use Geolocation in an effort to understand a person's location and then based on contracted black-outs with other local stations, limit or shut down a game's feed. So think about a local station with exclusive rights who for some reason or another decides to black out a game, you won't be able to watch it on your mobile technology. Another example might be when a station has exclusive rights to broadcast a game in a market, but the user wants to instead watch on their mobile phone; MLB now has the patent to cover their ability to black you out based on your location.

Amazing technology put to a slightly style-crimping use. Oh, well.

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