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Magellan’s new DashCams has one with 340-degree field of view

Magellan’s new DashCams has one with 340-degree field of view

Magellan, one of the most trusted names when it comes to personal navigation devices or PNDs, has a couple of new DashCams all ready to make their public debut at CES 2016 next week. While dashcams are really nothing new, even for the company, Magellan is bringing one particular model with a peculiar ability, a DashCam Navigator with two wide angle 170-degree cameras that offer a total of 340 degrees field of view. That's nearly a full 360-degree view of your surroundings, at least in theory.

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BMW debuts AirTouch concept, turning car interior into contactless touchscreen

BMW debuts AirTouch concept, turning car interior into contactless touchscreen

With CES 2016 rapidly approaching next week, BMW has gotten a jump on things and announced it will be showing off an advanced version of the gesture control tech demo it had last year. Dubbed AirTouch, the system basically turns the car's interior into a touchscreen, but one that doesn't need physical contact thanks to gesture-reading sensors. It's described as allowing control over many more functions than the current iteration available in BMW's 7 Series, which can only handle simple tasks like adjusting the volume.

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Google Maps on iOS now shows business hours, gas prices

Google Maps on iOS now shows business hours, gas prices

Almost everyone has had this experience, or nightmare navigating to a new destination. You decide to take your family or friends to a restaurant you've been hearing rave reviews about. Armed with Google Maps (or your choice of navigation), you are confident you'll reach your destination safe, sound, and, more importantly, fresh. Which you eventually do, but not in time to find out that the place closes shop at 8 p.m. If you had Google Maps' update app on your iPhone or iPad, that wouldn't have been a problem.

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Driving Change: Big Auto’s $2.7 billion bet on HERE

Driving Change: Big Auto’s $2.7 billion bet on HERE

HERE's plans for the self-driving future can finally emerge from their autopilot holding-pattern, with the company and its new automaker owners holding a quiet but enthusiastic coming out party in San Francisco today. Representatives from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler joined HERE execs to talk about the development of high-definition mapping, location-based services, and cars that whisper to the cloud and - eventually - drive themselves.

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Soon, every Audi, BMW, and Mercedes could be a digital mapper

Soon, every Audi, BMW, and Mercedes could be a digital mapper

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes Benz have snapped up HERE, and the digital cartographers are wasting no time in investigating how the luxury cars can shape smarter maps. The deal, which closed late last week and netted former HERE owner Nokia a $2.7bn payout, brings technology like HD Maps - high resolution data ideal for tomorrow's self-driving cars - into the reach of the German trio, but also gives HERE unprecedented access to driving data.

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Nokia HERE deal closes as German automakers grab robo-car tech

Nokia HERE deal closes as German automakers grab robo-car tech

Nokia's deal to sell digital mapping and location services specialist HERE to a trio of German automakers has closed ahead of schedule. The agreement, announced back in August, was initially expected to get regulatory approval sometime early in 2016, but that came through sooner than expected and Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler wasted no time in inking the contract.

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Waze’s ‘Star Wars’ promo brings C-3PO voice navigation

Waze’s ‘Star Wars’ promo brings C-3PO voice navigation

Google has introduced Star Wars promotional content on several its services, not the least of which is Waze, the cartoony navigation app. Those who use Waze have the option to add Star Wars content, including a C-3PO voice for voice navigation. This other-world guide is “fluent in over six million forms of communication,” and leads drivers where they need to go while hunting down both BB-8 and R2-D2.

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Google Maps now offers offline navigation and search

Google Maps now offers offline navigation and search

As one of the most popular and most used navigation and mapping apps on smartphones today, it's hard to imagine Google Maps getting much better than it already is. Until, of course, you find yourself in a situation with poor or no network connection and in desperate need of the app. Starting today, however, Google is launching a major revamp of its offline Maps feature, adding support not only for search, but for turn-by-turn driving directions as well.

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HERE’s how you prove smart cities are the future

HERE’s how you prove smart cities are the future

Turned off, HERE's 3D cityscape is the sleeping San Francisco that never really exists. The white, stylized version of the California tech hub - complete with a miniature chunk of the Bay Bridge - is tranquil in a way the real thing could never be. Turn on the projector overhead, though, and the city is flooded with data and light.

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Apple Indoor Survey app discovered, hints at indoor positioning

Apple Indoor Survey app discovered, hints at indoor positioning

A new app from Apple that snuck its way into the App Store recently has been discovered. Called Indoor Survey, the app is used for indoor positioning, or mapping out the inside of a building or venue using just an iPhone. The app doesn't appear in search results, however, and in order to download it, users must be registered for Apple's Maps Connect program.

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Hudway Glass gives you augmented reality nav on your windshield

Hudway Glass gives you augmented reality nav on your windshield

Typically, when we are using a navigation device we are using it on a device built into the dash of our car or via something stuck to the windshield. A new device is on Kickstarter called Hudway Glass that aims to make looking at those navigation cues easier and safer while we drive.

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Cyberattack risk prompts Navy to take up celestial navigation

Cyberattack risk prompts Navy to take up celestial navigation

Hackers have hit government agencies and private companies alike, and the instances of data theft and compromise are becoming increasingly severe. The risk of cyberattacks is ever present, and as such, the U.S. Navy has decided to restart teaching celestial navigation as a backup tool. The Naval Academy used to teach celestial navigation, but stopped in the 1990s, prompting outcry.

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