A few weeks back I traded in my old Mustang for a new Mustang and one of the coolest things about the car is the Ford Sync tech. The hands free calling is cool that Sync offers, but the system is much more than a hands free calling device. Ford is talking up its next generation of in-vehicle tech that offers ways for drivers to save fuel and be greener called MyFord Touch.
We can all add GPS to our cars if we want by schlepping down to the local electronics store and paying anywhere from $70 to $500 depending on the features and brand you choose. Add on GPS systems work just fine for the most part, but there is no denying the fact that any add on GPS device is nowhere near as visually appealing as one built-in from the factory.
Navigation firm Mio is planning to use Android for certain models in their next-gen PND line-up. The Mio MiBuddy range will offer both Android models - complete with GPS navigation, media playback and internet access - and versions using the existing Windows CE-based OS of Mio's current PND range. While specific hardware details and model numbers are yet to be confirmed, Mio has revealed that the Android models will have WiFi and Bluetooth; future versions may add WiMAX.
Guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of English-lovers everywhere, TomTom's GO I-90 PND promises navigation "infotainment" with a double-DIN chassis and removable touchscreen slate. Intended to curtail the rush of buyers from PNDs to smartphone navigation apps, TomTom's latest replaces your existing in-car audio head-unit with a combination entertainment system and turn-by-turn direction system.
There are all sorts of uses for GPS devices from plain navigation while driving or walking in unfamiliar areas to helping you improve your golf game. A company from the UK called Satsports has unveiled a new GPS device called the Multi-sports GPS today that bundles GPS for running, biking, skiing, and golfing into one weatherproof device.
Details of HTC's car-kit for the upcoming HD2 Windows Phone have emerged, courtesy of retailer Clove. The HTC HD2 CU S400 Car Upgrade Kit includes a powered windscreen/dashboard mount and a replacement battery cover for the HTC HD2; when the Windows Phone is slotted into place it automatically loads up the finger-friendly NaviPanel navigation menu.
If you're tired of sluggish GPS acquisition times, truncated battery life while navigating and PND apps that mistakenly think you're two blocks away from where you're actually standing, it's worth getting excited about CSR's SiRFstarIV GSD4e GPS location processor. Based on the company's latest SiRFstarIV technology, the GSD4e has its own, dedicated CPU which allows it to maintain a positional lock while keeping power requirements minimal; that, says CSR, makes it ideal for digital cameras, handheld consoles, wearable electronics and other portable devices.