Enhanced GPS Service in Rental Cars with Traffic.com

Avis has announced a new feature on their Avis Assist system that is available with car rentals for an added $9.95 per day. Different from the Hertz NeverLost system that evolved to the consumer offering as the Magellan RoadMate 700 series, the Avis Assist is a Moto phone that allows you to get in touch with the call center, and they download directions to the handset that can then walk you through the directions. The software and service is available for other Moto phones through the Viamoto product line. With the enhnaced ability "they are adding real-time data from Traffic.com, which gathers information from digital roadside sensors, government sources, operations centers, aircraft and mobile units.

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Still Going: Huge Sale on Garmin GPS Devices

Just an update, the sale is still on today, but again, who knows how long it will last. Amazon is having a pretty massive sale on Garmin GPS's. From our work in looking at the prices, they are dropping the prices by $10-$40 off of their already discounted prices, depending on the models.


The Big Garmin Sale
Save up to 48% on select Garmin GPS. Find special low prices on Garmin's bestselling in-car GPS units including the just-released c330, on handheld GPS units like the waterproof eTrex, and even on chart plotters and fish finders. Take advantage of these low sale prices before they're gone.

Here are a few of the hot models to check out the prices:

Garmin StreetPilot c330

Garmin Forerunner 201

Garmin Forerunner 301

Garmin eTrex Legend

Garmin GPSMAP 60CS

Garmin eTrex

Garmin StreetPilot 2620

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August 27, 2005

GPS Lodge Review: MotionBased Website Helps Analyze GPS Data

MotionBased website service takes data obsession to a whole new level. It's a well thought out service that allows you to upload your GPS track data to their website, and allows you to analyze it in various ways through charting and other graphical methods. The other key aspect of the website is that you can also search through their very large TrailNetwork (>90,000 uploaded routes available to search) and look at prospective routes that you might enjoy. Overall, it the system still has a ways to go as far as features and ability to help you get the best out of the data, but the technology and usefulness is still impressive eye-candy, and fun to use. Best of all, the standard features are free so you can try before you buy (plus membership is around $8 - 12/mo.).

Getting Started - See MotionBased's QuickStart guide

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August 25, 2005

GPS NEWS: Mio GPS Smartphone A701

News of Mio's first GPS smartphone the Mio A701 has hit the wires, and it is configured as a Windows Mobile based phone. The specifications are a 520MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor with 192MB of memory of which 64MB as ROM. The phone has a 2.7 inch 240x320 pixel display, and a 1.3MP camera on the back side. It supports GSM and GPRS. It has Bluetooth connectivity and has an SD slot for expandability. Sorry - no WiFi.

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Garmin Strikes Deal with UK Traffic Data Supplier

Garmin and Trafficmaster PLC signed a deal today for Trafficmaster to provide RDS TMC - Radio Data System Traffic Message Channel - data feed service on Garmin's newly released premium Automotive GPS devices - the StreetPilot c340 and the StreetPilot 2720.

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August 24, 2005

Huge Sale on Garmin GPS Devices

Who knows how long it will last, but Amazon is having a pretty massive sale on Garmin GPS's. From our work in looking at the prices, they are dropping the prices by $10-$40 off of their already discounted prices, depending on the models.


The Big Garmin Sale
Save up to 48% on select Garmin GPS. Find special low prices on Garmin's bestselling in-car GPS units including the just-released c330, on handheld GPS units like the waterproof eTrex, and even on chart plotters and fish finders. Take advantage of these low sale prices before they're gone.

Here are a few of the hot models to check out the prices:

Garmin StreetPilot c330

Garmin Forerunner 201

Garmin Forerunner 301

Garmin eTrex Legend

Garmin GPSMAP 60CS

Garmin eTrex

Garmin StreetPilot 2620

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Moto phones to track kids for parents via GPS

Moto is working on phones specifically deisgned for cautious parents to give to their kids. These phones may have adult content censoring, and GPS tracking devices that would allow parents to know where the kids are. There are already several very kid friendly phones out there with minimal functionality designed to keep kids protected and keep the whole thing simple to use.


via Forbes

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August 23, 2005

What's next for the GPS?

A decent article came out from the news service this week on the future of the GPS, and where the technology can go from here. While we all await more features, longer batery life and better maps on the existing units, there are a whole lot of things that may be in the wings waiting for us. Reasearchers say that the GPS technology, "Can be used to guide visitors through museums. Other innovators plan to use it to beam cell-phone ads to specific locations, to enable stores and restaurants to lure hip wireless customers who are strolling in their neighborhoods."

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August 18, 2005

US Marines going to Iraq with Garmin 76S and 76CS GPS Receivers

US Marines will be using Garmin 76S and 76CS GPS recievers pre-loaded with Iraqi street maps and packaged with hardened Pelican cases and with RAM Military Mounting devices and external antennas. The companies that are doing the work to pre-load and equip the units are Homeland Security Technology (HST), along with GPS World Supply. As well as having GPS receivers pre-loaded with Iraqi streets, HST has the ability to pre-load with Afghanistan databases.
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August 16, 2005

FineDrive F400 Car GPS System

Asian FineDrive have recently announced the trendy FineDrive F400 Car GPS System.

FineDrive F400 Car GPS Features Include:
- Displays 3D cards
- Bulit-in SD card solt along with a 320GB hard drive
- 4" color Screen
- MP3 playback capability

The Finedrive 300 is available in the USA, some time in the future the 400 will just may be to. http://www.fine-drive.com/


via MobileWhack

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