Audi is a maker of luxury and sports cars that are sold all around the world. Audi AG has announced that it is updating the GPS system in some of its vehicles starting with the navigation system inside the 2011 A6 by adding some new features from INRIX XD traffic.
Before we go too far into this, I must warn you, antsy fellows and ladies, that this only releases on AT&T Android phones today, but will expand to other carriers. This update of TeleNav for your handheld devices has several key upgrades: Multiple Route Suggestions, now with up to three different possible routes overlaid on the map with details included (distance, time.) Quick Search, a feature with which users can touch the Quick Search box on the home screen to type a landmark, category, business name, or address, this search including predictive search technology.
With all of these tablet devices running around the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we wanted to make sure that we found some time with a smaller tablet-like device. That's when we ended up at the Garmin Nuvi booth, and found ourselves playing around with the 3760T.
TomTom has been offering some cool ways to customize your GPS device on the inside for a while with special voice packs like Looney Tunes and Star Wars. TomTom is moving the personalization capability of its GPS devices from merely offering voices and digital content to actually letting the user choose what the outside of their navigation device looks like.
There's been plenty of concepts in the past that showcase how GPS can be integrated into our every day life, without having to hold some kind of navigational unit in our hands, or even our phones. And while concepts are all well and good, especially considering many of them include plenty of advanced, almost futuristic technology, we're more exciting to see companies actually release something we can use now. Recon Instruments has just made their Recon-Zeal Transcend goggles available to order, in two variations, featuring GPS-based information in the first head-mounted display.
Are you someone that people may consider a professional driver? Do you need to know how many miles you've gone? Or how many hours you've been behind the wheel from location A to location B? And have you not found that perfect personal navigation unit yet? Well you're in luck, then, because Cobra Electronics has just pulled the curtain off their brand new 7750 Platinum Navigation Unit, and its specifically created for all you hard working drivers out there.
Navigation units aren't meant for just the car or hikers anymore. As we've seen in other design concepts in the past, putting the units on your body, and helping you along right on the street level is becoming a hot trend lately. This time around, we've got a new design from a senior at Western Washington University, in Bellevue, Washington, working towards his B.S. in Industrial Design (with a minor in Sustainable Design). His name is Benjamin Peterson, and he's bringing a lot of technology into a small pendant meant to hang in front of your chest.
In Salt Lake City, Utah, there is a trade show called the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market happening right now. And there, a company that makes GPS receives and other personal navigation hardware called DeLorme have just unveiled two new receivers. They're called the PN-60 and the PN-60w, and while they have plenty of features, they've also got a price tag that will probably make you take a double-take.
When it comes to navigation, right now the best way to get where you want to go is to look at some other device. Even when you're in your car, you need to look at another piece of hardware, and take your eyes off the road, to make sure you're going in the direction you need to go. Sure, they get easier when the units talk to you, but for the most part you still want that visual certainty. Well, thanks to some engineers over in Japan, we might be getting closer to some Personal Navigation Systems (PNS) right on our glasses.
Today is turning out to be day of the GPS voice tones. NavTones has announced that the voice of KITT from the Knight Rider TV show of my youth is now available. The KITT voice pack is compatible with Garmin nuvi GPS units and the Garminfone on T-Mobile.