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Magellan eXplorist TRX7 is made for off-road adventurers

Magellan eXplorist TRX7 is made for off-road adventurers

Most personal navigation device or PNDs focus on safely getting you from point A to point B via the quickest normal route available. Magellan's new device, on the other hand, lets you take the route of the most fun. Targeted at the 4x4 and Powersports market, the eXplorist TRX7 does just what its name says. It gives drivers who love off-road treks the tools to map out their path, using the latest available map data. It even lets them save those trails, add pictures, and, yes, share on social media.

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Apple Maps adds 19 cities to 3D Flyover view

Apple Maps adds 19 cities to 3D Flyover view

While Apple Maps didn't get much attention among all the new features that debuted with iOS 9, and it may still lag behind Google Maps when it comes to popularity, Apple continues to expand and improve its own service. In this case, Apple Maps' unique flagship feature, 3D Flyovers, was updated this week to include almost 20 new cities and locations around the world, including several in the countries of Germany, Spain, and Japan.

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Waze is looking to reduce difficult left turns in traffic

Waze is looking to reduce difficult left turns in traffic

Waze is a popular navigation app that is able to give you the shortest distance between two places and the route it takes isn’t always a straight line. The app will route you along any twist or turn that will get you there fastest and sometimes those turns leave drivers more than a little nervous. Particularly the so-called "Waze left" that has drivers trying to make a difficult left turn across traffic to stay on route.

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Apple just bought Apple Maps its crystal ball

Apple just bought Apple Maps its crystal ball

Apple has quietly snapped up a mapping analytics company, as it strengthens the challenge Apple Maps presents to arch rival Google Maps. The latest acquisition is Mapsense, sources tell Re/code, a San Francisco startup which promises cloud-based visualizations and analytics of geo-data.

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TomTom RoadDNA promises precision GPS for autonomous driving

TomTom RoadDNA promises precision GPS for autonomous driving

Automotive manufacturers all round the world are well on the way to a future where your vehicles can drive for us in certain instances. Before we get to that autonomous driving future, we need GPS navigation capabilities that are highly accurate. TomTom has now announced RoadDNA, a precise localization technology aimed specifically at automated driving.

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Exploride heads up display makes your car smart

Exploride heads up display makes your car smart

Distracted driving is a huge problem all around the world and people who frequently use their phones inside the car are more likely to have an accident according to research. A new product called Exploride aims to make it safer for you to use things like maps, listen to music, call, text, and access other infotainment content in your car.

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Google’s Waze faces lawsuit over alleged database theft

Google’s Waze faces lawsuit over alleged database theft

Waze, the navigation app that Google bought and cops hate, is facing a lawsuit for allegedly copying a proprietary navigation database. The lawsuit is being brought by San Francisco law firm Kronenberger Rosenfeld, LLP, and was filed on behalf of PhantomALERT, Inc., which is described as a “GPS navigation technology company.” Waze was acquired by Google, but before that happened, according to the lawsuit, it copied PhantomALERT’s database without authorization. This data was then reportedly used in Waze’s own Android and iPhone apps.

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German car consortium ready to pay for Nokia’s HERE maps [UPDATE]

German car consortium ready to pay for Nokia’s HERE maps [UPDATE]

If this latest bit is true, Nokia might soon finally be able to unburden itself of yet another business tangential to its new found focus in networking technology. As earlier reported, a consortium of German automobile makers, namely Daimler, BMW, and Audi, are looking into purchasing Nokia's HERE maps business. Now it seems that the ball has started rolling, as the companies are said to have agreed to dole out 2.9 billion EUR, roughly $3.2 billion, to buy out what is probably the third, or even second, most popular map and navigation product in the market.

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Google’s Waze testing ‘RideWith’ paid carpooling app

Google’s Waze testing ‘RideWith’ paid carpooling app

If carpooling fits best into your lifestyle but traditional ridesharing services aren't operating in your city, you might one day have an alternative option through Google's Waze, a navigation app that provides standard road navigation functionality with assorted social features. The company will soon be testing a new carpooling app in Israel, according to sources, that will allow users to pay another commuter a fee in exchange for carpooling with them to and from work.

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New Garmin eTrex adds a Touch of tech to outdoor handhelds

New Garmin eTrex adds a Touch of tech to outdoor handhelds

Garmin has had navigation devices even before GPS became cool, but the onslaught of smartphones and tablets threaten its dominance. In order to keep up with the times, it has upgraded its product lines with new features to match those mobile devices. Its outdoor handhelds, for example, now have a touchscreen. Appropriately called the eTrex Touch, the new 25, 35, and 35t models offer a variety of new features to make the active life easier and enjoyable, like activity profiles and even some notifications from your smartphone.

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Google Maps will soon highlight US railroad crossings during navigation

Google Maps will soon highlight US railroad crossings during navigation

While it's hard to image there could be any remaining road data left that could be added to Google Maps for improvement, it turns out there is, and it could making using the service for navigation purposes a bit safer for drivers. In order to reduce the recent spike in the number of accidents at US railroad crossings, the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) has asked Google Maps to include the location of every public and private highway rail crossing.

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HERE boosts offline maps and public transit

HERE boosts offline maps and public transit

Offline navigation may be coming to Google Maps but Nokia's HERE app has long supported it, and is today revamping its offline maps with even more data. One of the biggest improvements is to HERE's mapping of Africa, with navigation and offline support added to seven countries including Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, not to mention far more road detail. Meanwhile, public transit line accuracy has also been tweaked to making it more illustrative of how you'll actually travel.

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