Clarion aims to take on your in-car entertainment needs with their new Next Gate iPhone controller. Announced earlier today, We got a quick hands-on with the new system here at CTIA 2012 and have all the details and a few pictures below of the 7" touch and voice-enabled iPhone companion.
All the technology crammed into our small phones is truly remarkable, but sometimes it can all go completely wrong. GPS is one such example, working perfectly when you have a clear view of the sky, and slowly dropping off once you delve further into the modern concrete jungles. Trying to get a signal indoors is especially bad, so how do we get around the problem? The advent of the Indoor Positioning System may just be what’s needed.
TomTom has released a software update for its sat-nav units, fixing a leap year GPS bug that users began experiencing over the weekend. The glitch caused many TomTom sat-nav units, including the Go Live, to fail in determining a GPS location, displaying a grey screen or a poor signal message instead.
Google Maps has now been updated to give you more accurate estimates of travel duration by using real-time traffic datas. Now when you use Google Maps to get directions, it will provide you with two estimated durations, one without traffic and one based on the current traffic conditions.
You really can't fix stupid. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has announced new voluntary distracted driving guidelines for automakers and others. The new recommendations call for the elimination of moving maps inside a vehicle. Apparently, some idiots behind the wheel are simply too stupid to have a moving map and drive at the same time without staring at the map instead of the road.
At Pepcom during CES 2012 we got the opportunity to hop into a vehicle containing a 7-inch display that would, when connected with Telenav's technology, be able to run all the navigation and service-finding awesomeness we've come to expect from the GPS navigation group. What we got to see what just that, an Android device not only mirroring itself to the display, but displaying a whole different interface made specifically for the 7-inch form factor, it showing maps, favorite places, traffic information, information about the current status of your car, and more. Have a peek as the demonstration speeds its way through downtown Las Vegas.
The Garmin nuvi 3590LMT has essentially everything available on their previous models, but adds a few much welcomed features and the thinnest 5" screen to date. The first of which is voice-activated navigation. It works as it should, and unlike Google services, voice control doesn't require internet access. This makes it much more responsive, an almost essential quality while on the road.
Google has pushed out its second update for Google Maps for Android in a week, with more new indoor floorplans along with various battery and location fix improvements, while previewing a new map-based Google+ game. The update follows the earlier addition of CES floorplan mapping to the app, and sees data collected using Google's Floor Plans tool pushed out into the Android software.
Parrot has unveiled a trio of new Asteroid in-car hands-free and navigation systems, the Asteroid CK, Asteroid Nav and Asteroid 2DIN, each offering voice control and more. The Asteroid CK is Android powered, running 2.3.4 Gingerbread on a 3.2-inch TFT display and supporting iPod/iPhone input, three USB ports, SD/SDHC media and line-in, and allows drivers to access apps, web radio - streamed through Bluetooth or USB tethering - and voice-controlled album search.
For those that might remember Google recently announced and released a new feature for Google Maps called indoor maps. Mapping indoors for big city shops and mainly malls, Home Depot, and other large traffic areas at first -- we can happily say it works amazing in Vegas, and even more so for CES.