Inrix Predictive Traffic Teams up with ClearChannel

Inrix is taking another big step forward to bring predictive traffic information to a GPS near you with an agreement they inked with ClearChannel, provider of FM based traffic data feeds. This is good news, as both Cobra and Garmin use Clear Channel's data feeds with their higher end units. So instead of seeing that it's raining out and then getting in a traffic jam, with Inrix's predictive technology, the traffic feed looks back at other days that it rained, and figures out that traffic slows way down on specific roads. It then predicts those slow downs and I would assume, feed it to my Car GPS to tell me that there will be a slow down on a certain road. Very cool, very big potential.

See our related article on Inrix working with Tele Atlas, as well as more background on Inrix.
See our Preview of the Cobra NavOne 4500 GPS with Traffic Feeds.

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November 7, 2005

Lowrance iWay 350c Gets Award at SEMA

The Lowrance iWay 350c gets the "Best New Mobile Electronics Entertainment Product for 2006" during SEMA show.

Lowrance today announced that its new, compact, cordless iWay 350c multimedia Automotive GPS Color Portable Automotive GPS won the "Best New Mobile Electronics Entertainment Product for 2006" at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) 2005 Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SEMA show, where Lowrance introduced the new iWay 350c, is the premier automotive specialty performance products trade event in the world featuring performance, accessories, restoration and motorsports products. (See our article on the Lowrance iWay 350)

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November 6, 2005

Another great review for the Garmin StreetPilot 2720 GPS

Another great review of the Garmin StreetPilot 2720 has surfaced, raising it up as one of the better GPS units out there to consider for the holiday season. The StreetPilot 2720 is a higher end unit that incorporates a sleek touchscreen with advanced GPS features bundled with the optional traffic feed system for a well rounded feature set. The Garmin interface is a pretty well accomplished system, that can be found throughout the Garmin StreetPilot line from the i-series (See our Review) to up through the C-Series and into the successful 2600 and 2700 series.

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November 5, 2005

New StarNet SDIO GPS for Dell Axims

Stellus Systems has launched an SDIO GPS that is compatible with the Dell Axim handhelds. StarNet is a GPS accessory that puts navigation and find-and-locate capabilities for home or business addresses, ATMs, restaurants and recreational activities (such as golf, boating and hiking), at your fingertips - a map-in-your-hand that helps you get where you're going. The Pocket PC handheld market is expanding its market share, and with the growing use of Handhelds, Stellus' StarNet SD GPS receiver is poised to enable additional functionality and services.

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November 4, 2005

Review: Garmin StreetPilot i3 GPS Review from GPS Lodge

We have been using the Garmin StreetPilot i3 for this review over the last couple of weeks here at the GPS Lodge, and it has worked very well, never letting us down for getting us from here to there. The StreetPilot i3 is a compact entry level car GPS that is a trusted rock solid performer on the road, with a nice set of features that can be bought for not a lot of money. If that someone special is a gadget hound, it would really make a nice addition to their wish list. Keep in mind that this is a basic car GPS, designed to get you from here to there, and as a result, is lean on the advanced features that come in units that can cost a lot more. (See our Preview Article preparing for this GPS Review on the StreetPilot i3)

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November 2, 2005

Lowrance iWay 350C

Lowrance is moving into the lower end of car GPS units with the Lowrance iWay 350C. It's a feature packed GPS unit that extends the GPS unit with some great extras like photo viewing, MP3 playback, and FM modulation for facilitating the MP3 playback. All of this fits in a tight bundle of GPS features that makes the Lowrance iWay 350 an appealing product in an ever crowded lower tier of the automotive GPS segment.

See our Review of the Lowrance iWay 350c: GPS Review: Lowrance iWay 350c Review by GPS Lodge

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November 1, 2005

Pioneer AVIC-Z1 GPS Unit

Pioneer Electronics announced today its most advanced in-car navigation system, the AVIC-Z1, a robust all-in-one navigation system that utilizes a 30-gigabyte hard drive to deliver information, entertainment and convenience to driving commuters. The highly intelligent system features smart routing, enhanced text-to-speech voice guidance, sophisticated voice recognition, traffic information and Bluetooth capability making it the most dynamic route guidance system in the market. Whew! That's a lot of stuff in one unit. One of the coolest features is that it actually learns what routes you like to drive and starts using them in your normal routing.

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TomTom GO 300 Arrives for Review at GPS Lodge

A TomTom GO 300 stopped by today for us to check out, and over the coming weeks, we plan to put it through the paces on the roads here around Boston. With my commute, I can't wait to try out the traffic alerts and re-routing options. The TomTom GO 300 comes packed with features in this mid-tier automotive GPS receiver; both the TomTom GO 300 and its sibling the TomTom GO 700, come enabled to connect through your Bluetooth enabled phone to download traffic and weather updates.

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Pharos Launches the Traveler GPS 505

Pharos has launched the Traveler 505, an easy to use all-in-one device that has a wide screen for a handheld, voice prompting and pre-loaded Points of Interest. Take it with you or take it on the road, the Pharos Traveler 505 comes equipped with the SiRF Star III receiver chipset, known for high accuracy and low power consumption.

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October 31, 2005

GPS Lodge: Monthly Round-up For October 2005

Things are picking up here at the GPS Lodge, and October was another big month. We wrapped up the month with an announcement on the New Garmin models: the StreetPilot 7200 and 7500 - two new models that are basically media hubs for the road. Huge screens, FM modulation, MP3 playing, and video playback. Garmin also announced a StreetPilot 2730; lots of features, but not the big screens of the 7000 series. In their spare time, they also announced the new PDA - the iQue M4.

The big announcement kindof towards the end of the month was the launch of the TomTom One car GPS in Europe. This entry level GPS for the car is out in Germany, but no news of it coming to the US. Our story got picked up all over the web... Gizmodo, Engadget, PocketLint, AutoBlog.... For all of those people who found us through these sites, Welcome to the GPS Lodge.

We started the month with the announcement of the Magellan RoadMate 800 announcement. Another huge new product for the automotive GPS segment. More and more options for taking the GPS in the car!

Some other product announcements from Lowrance: iFinder Hunt C, the iFinder H2O C, as well as a very cool way to skin your iWay 500C.
Fun stuff? Check out the Golf only GPS - the SureShot, or our story on Mologogo - tracking through your NexTel phone.

We have a lot of GPS Reviews coming out this month, stay tuned.

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