January 14, 2006

TomTom buys Applied Generics

TomTom has made a big move into traffic data feeds in Europe signaling the importance of the traffic feed features of GPS in the coming years. Applied Generics has developed technology to generate real time road traffic flow data based on mobile network usage and cell switching data. The technology is already commercially deployed so this isn't some pipe dream lab experiment. Basically the technology passively looks at how mobile phone users are (or are not) switching between towers and determines traffic flow characteristics form their calculated speed.

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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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December 19, 2005

TomTom updates phone compatibility list - GO 300 and GO 700

Most people know that TomTom GO 300 and TomTom GO 700 are compatible with Bluetooth phones to deliver on their TomTom Plus services (weather, traffic feeds as well as the ability to download extra voices to navigate by), as well as, in the case of the TomTom GO 700, operate as a hands free unit for phone calls. Well TomTom has released the latest update 5.420, which has the ability to work with a few more phones.

For a phone compatibility list look HERE. For the GPS Lodge review on the TomTom GO 300 - click HERE.

If you need the latest TomTom update, click HERE.

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December 9, 2005

Buy a TomTom GO 700 and get a Motorola RAZR V3 Free

TomTom has released another new promotion for the holiday season!

With the purchase of a TomTom GO 700 from CompUSA, you will receive a free Motorola RAZR V3 cellular phone. This promotion will be available from December 11 - 17, 2005.

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Load Personal POI's on your TomTom GO 300 and 700

You know that the TomTom GO 300 and 700 have loads of Points of Interest (POI's) well you can now add your own. Lots of people are adding POI's to their units when there are speed cameras, school zones or frequent speed traps that can be located and added to your unit to remind you that they are coming up.

There are many other POIs that can be added and the list keeps growing as TomTom and other online communities update their POI databases. Note that this is very popular in the UK where there are a lot of speed cameras, but not as prevalent in the US.

If you are interested in a TomTom GO 300 - check out our review

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TomTom releases Pan Euro map for the TomTom GO 300 and 500

It used to be that you couldn't travel Western Europe with one set of maps in a few of the TomTom models, well now you can with a new map purchase that gives you seamless European coverage on one SD card - a whopping 1.5 GB worth of roads, and POI's. The maps are based on the new TeleAtlas data set, and includes maps from the countries/regions: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Czech republic, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Scandinavia.

The Maps can be had for about 250 Euros. They are compatible with The TomTom GO, Go 300, Go 500, TomTom One, and the TomTom Rider.


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December 2, 2005

TomTom Rider - The GPS for motorcycles

TomTom has taken a bold step and developed the TomTom Rider a GPS very much designed for motorcycles (or scooters) and all the challenges of using a GPS on a two wheeled vehicle. They have packaged their unit is a nicely sized unit that is packed with features. The expectations are that the TomTom Rider is solid TomTom all the way through meaning that it would be easy to use, have a quality look and feel as well as a friendly design interface that makes the GPS fun and friendly. We recently reviewed the TomTom GO 300 and really liked it. Check out our review.

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November 25, 2005

GPS Lodge Holiday Shopping Guide

Sometimes it's hard to navigate the world of GPS receivers and find what the best GPS is, so we thought we'd put together a list of GPS units we like, for you to consider. We took a look at a lot of different types of GPS receivers and broke things down to categories so you'd be able to better target the right GPS for that special someone this holiday season. See our review section for our opinion on a lot of these models.

Entry Level Automotive GPS
Garmin StreetPilot i3 - This is a great little unit that helps get you from here to there. Impressive performance for such a low price. It has a small screen that allows you to clearly see where you are going and where you want to go. It's easy to use, and is tightly designed. It's an impressive unit with a color screen and comes with maps of the US that you download to a flash card. If you can spend a little more, you can buy the Garmin StreetPilot i5which is essentially the StreetPilot i3, that has the entire US and millions of Points of interest pre-loaded.

Mid Tier Automotive GPS
Sorry I can't decide so I thought I would offer two:
TomTom GO 300 - is a great mid-tier car GPS that comes to us from Europe. The design is great, and offers the added feature of connecting through your Bluetooth mobile phone to download traffic and weather updates. This is a unique feature at this price level. It comes with a big SD flash card that you download maps onto - allowing you to carry around the entire US, with a limited set of Points of Interest (POI's). Cost $591 after $50 rebate and FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

Garmin Streetpilot C330 - is another great mid-tier car GPS that is easy to use with the highly accurate NAVTEQ base maps, the most up-to-date maps of the continental US. It includes a touch screen and millions of points of interest pre-loaded. If you want to upgrade to be traffic ready consider the Garmin StreetPilot C340 , which has the ability to accept the GTM-10 an add-on antenna that receives FM traffic feeds to help you route around traffic before you get there. Cost is $540 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon. We are currently reviewing the StreetPilot C340, see our preview. I personally LOVE this GPS, and is a great product. If you don't need high end features and huge screens, this is a great buy.

High End Automotive GPS
Magellan RoadMate 760 - A tried and true road warrior that has lots of positive reviews online. It has a lot of features and is very easy to use. This is the model that helps drivers at Hertz - the Neverlost model. Cost is $850 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Garmin StreetPilot 2720 - a good solid high end automotive GPS that offers loads of features including the ability to add the GTM - 10 antenna to receive FM based traffic feeds. Easy navigation and the ability to route you around traffic. Cost is $760 + $199 (for the FM antenna ) = $959 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Entry Level Handheld GPS
Garmin eTrex Legend - This is a good entry level monochrome handheld GPS that offers a base map and can accept the optional detailed maps. In our opinion, you should really get a GPS with mapping capability because for an extra $30, you can navigate across a map instead of some white space. Cost is $132 with FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

Mid-Tier Handheld GPS
Garmin eTrex Vista C - The Vista C adds several key features like an altimeter and an electronic compass. The color screen is bright and because it is a newer generation, the battery life is much longer on the two "AA" batteries. It comes with a base map and can accept detailed maps through its fast USB connection. Cost is $240 with FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

High End Handheld GPS
Garmin GPSMAP 60CS - The GPSMap 60CS is a bigger handheld that offers a big screen and s full compliment of features that you would expect to see in a high end handheld. It offers a reasonable memory that accepts detailed street or Topo maps. Cost is $360 with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon.

Fitness GPS
Garmin Forerunner 201 - For the runner in your household there is the Forerunner 201, a wrist mounted GPS trainer that allows you to track your pace, and then download the data onto your PC to see both the route and chart your results; showing you your pace versus altitude, etc. We have been using one for a couple of months and really like it. The Forerunner 201 is $113 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Funky New Traveling GPS
Need a great new gift for the traveler? The Garmin Nuvi is a great device and is potentially the hottest GPS for the this season that can help you navigate in the car, as well as offer translation of words into different languages and a currency converter. Bored? It can also play MP3's and audio books. Cost is $899 with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon.

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November 22, 2005

TomTom Rebate on TomTom GO 300 and 700

Looking for the $50 TomTom Rebate for 2006?

TomTom has released a new promotion for the upcoming holiday season with the purchase of any TomTom GO 300/700:

$50 Mail in Rebate and Free TomTom PLUS Traffic updates until 12/31/06

Available at lots retailers, including Best Buy, Circuit City, Comp USA, Fry’s, Micro Center, Sharper Image and Tweeter.

Also available at Amazon - TomTom GO 300 and TomTom GO 700, where there is an additional $50 rebate through the end of November on the TomTom GO 700 (Total $100 off the TomTom GO 700).

Related reading: GPS Review of the TomTom GO 300 from GPS Lodge.



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TomTom ONE released in the UK

The TomTom ONE was released in the UK today just in time for the holiday season. The TomTom ONE has hit the continent, but TomTom has not announced any plans for a US roll out. The unit is squarely targeted at the entry level automotive GPS segment, with a price lower than the TomTom GO 300. The new TomTom ONE has the now widely used SiRFStar III chipset which is well known for its accuracy and low power draw.

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