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Waze Beacons to make navigation work even in tunnels

Waze Beacons to make navigation work even in tunnels

We’ve all been there before. As useful and ubiquitous maps and navigation apps may be, there are instances and places where they just can’t be used. Like tunnels or underground, where GPS signals, sometimes even cellular networks, aren’t able to penetrate. That is, of course, a major concern for Waze, who might have finally developed a solution for “tunnel blindness”. Partnering with Bluetooth beacons experts Bluvision, Waze has just revealed Waze Beacon, a custom-made BEEKS Plus that broadcasts accurate location information to drivers, passengers, and cars, even in the darkest of tunnels.

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TomTom VIO is a navigation display that uses your phone

TomTom VIO is a navigation display that uses your phone

TomTom didn’t only unveil fitness wearables at IFA — it has also taken the wraps off a pair of navigation devices, the next-generation GO devices and the entirely too intriguing VIO. The latest TomTom GO range brings the company's most advanced satnavs to date, according TomTom, while VIO brings a new twist (and unique design) to an aged technology: it’s a puck-shaped navigation display that relies, in part, on your existing smartphone to provide directions.

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Google Maps editing features released today

Google Maps editing features released today

Google Maps apps on both Android devices and iOS devices like iPhone and iPad are receiving an update to Google Maps this week. This update will be available through Google Search as well as Google Maps, allowing users to make edits and add locations to Google Maps easier than ever before. This update will be coming to users across the United States as early as this morning.

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Garmin’s new GPS cycling computers track your riding pack

Garmin’s new GPS cycling computers track your riding pack

Getting outside and socializing needn't involve Pokemon GO, with Garmin launching a pair of new cycling GPS computers that each bake in rider pack interconnectivity. The Gamin Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 each do the usual tracking and navigation you'd expect from a cycling computer, but also include the company's GroupTrack feature.

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HERE makes bold play to define common language for self-driving cars

HERE makes bold play to define common language for self-driving cars

Mapping company HERE is driving ahead with its scheme to design the common language for all autonomous vehicles, submitting its Esperanto-for-autos to a vehicle safety standards body. Now dubbed SENSORIS, the car-to-cloud system was announced twelve months ago as an open specification for vehicle sensor data to be collected and transmitted to the cloud by connected vehicles.

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Lexus acknowledges widespread GPS navigation system issues

Lexus acknowledges widespread GPS navigation system issues

When I first started driving, GPS systems were still in their infancy. They still wouldn't be available for cars for several years, so I'd simply learn the roads by heart, and hope that Yahoo Maps could guide me well enough to get me to a destination that I'd never been to. Well, if you're driving a Lexus, you might soon find out that your car's built-in navigation system isn't functioning. So you'll have to find something else to guide your trip.

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DARPA awards contract for underwater positioning system

DARPA awards contract for underwater positioning system

The U.S. Navy has autonomous watercraft aspirations, and it needs a way for future unmanned (and manned) subs to navigate accurately. Here to help is DARPA, which has selected BAE Systems to create an underwater positioning system for deep ocean navigation (POSYDON). The program will produce a navigation system that eliminates the need to surface for updated GPS data.

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Apple Maps Nearby search, flyover and traffic support expands

Apple Maps Nearby search, flyover and traffic support expands

Apple Maps have been around for a long time and at least on iOS Apple Maps is more popular than Google Maps. Apple has announced that its map service has debuted Nearby in four more countries and has expanded Flyover and Traffic support to more locations. Specially there are five new Flyover locations including new data for cities in three different countries.

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Waze Planned Drives tell you how to get there and when to leave

Waze Planned Drives tell you how to get there and when to leave

If you travel frequently for business or pleasure and are the sort of person who doesn't like to be late, there can be some anxiety that goes along with driving somewhere for the first time. You don't want to get their so early that you have to sit around, but you don't want to be late either. Any GPS app can get you where you want to go, but the new Waze Planned Drives that just landed for iOS will tell you when to leave.

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Google Maps is getting more cab options than Uber

Google Maps is getting more cab options than Uber

Summoning a ride is about to get even easier, with Google Maps extending its ridesharing integration to cover options other than Uber. The new version of the app will be rolling out to Android users over the next few days, though those with an iPhone will have to wait a little longer before they see it.

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HERE ditches Windows 10 to howls of protest

HERE ditches Windows 10 to howls of protest

Mapping specialist HERE will pull its apps for Windows 10 smartphones at the end of the month, the company has announced, sending fans of Microsoft's platform into paroxysms of rage. The company, which until late last year was owned by key Windows Phone partner Nokia, confirmed the news today, suggesting that developing a new app for Windows 10 mobile would simply not make good business sense.

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Honda navigation concept plugs a phone right into the dashboard

Honda navigation concept plugs a phone right into the dashboard

Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto have come a long way in terms of integrating our smartphones into our car's navigation and entertainment systems, but they're still reliant on the software the auto manufacturer decides to install, as well their infrequent updates. Since all the features a driver needs are already on the phone itself, from maps and navigation to music and phone support, what if we could just connect the phone directly to the car, and have it serve as the infotainment hardware and display?

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