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Garmin viago hopes you’ll pay for personalized navigation

Garmin viago hopes you’ll pay for personalized navigation

Google Maps and Apple Maps may be free, but that hasn't stopped third-party navigation firms from trying to sweeten the deal, with Garmin's new viago smartphone app promising personalization features the PND stalwart believes will lure users away from the freebies. Although international mapping - with data from HERE - along with vehicle and pedestrian navigation, photo-realistic junction and lane guidance, and traffic/speed data are included, there are other features that can be unlocked through in-app purchases.

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Nokia HERE grabs Medio for context-savvy navigation

Nokia HERE grabs Medio for context-savvy navigation

Nokia's HERE division won't be happy until its maps are the navigation equivalent of Skynet, with news that it's acquiring predictive analytics specialist Medio for the next generation of "cognitive mapping." Medio's technology will be baked into HERE Maps to deliver real-time personalization, so that drivers, pedestrians, and others using the apps will get relevant suggestions - whether that's somewhere nearby to eat at lunchtime, or which is the most fuel-efficient route - without having to ask for them first.

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Nokia HERE grabs Desti for smart predictive traveling

Nokia HERE grabs Desti for smart predictive traveling

Nokia's HERE division has snapped up Desti, promising to add artificial intelligence to its future maps to help travelers get exactly the type of hotels, restaurants, and other POIs they want, whether it be for family trips or business. Desti - spun-off from the same team responsible for coming up with Siri - is a search engine for travel, using natural language processing and pattern learning to give advice in a way HERE says will eventually turn its apps into personalized virtual travel agents.

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Map Democracy: Telenav bets on the crowd crushing Google

Map Democracy: Telenav bets on the crowd crushing Google

There’s more than one way to get where you’re going, and there’s more than one app to navigate it, and if Telenav and OpenStreetMap have their way it’ll be the power of the crowd not locked-up, heavily licensed data powering it all. SlashGear caught up with Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap and currently OSM lead at Telenav, to find out what’s next for the team aiming to put Google Maps and Nokia HERE on notice, and democratize mapping in the process.

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Telenav Scout Maps and Navigation SDK courts Google-shy devs

Telenav Scout Maps and Navigation SDK courts Google-shy devs

Google Maps is getting some competition in the location-based services space, with Telenav courting developers with its Scout Maps and Navigation SDK for app and website developers. Packaging OpenStreetMap data - just as Telenav is now using in its own Scout app - in both online and offline forms, the claim is that the data is not only more accurate than Google's, but more affordable for developers, too.

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Telenav Scout switches to OpenStreetMap crowdsourced data

Telenav Scout switches to OpenStreetMap crowdsourced data

Telenav has switched its Scout for iPhone app to OpenStreetMap, planning a similar change for the Android version imminently, and meanwhile rebranding January acquisition Skobbler. The shift - telegraphed with the addition of OpenStreetMap founder Steve Coast to Telenav's team, where he heads up the OSM division - sees Telenav ditch paid mapping data in favor of a crowdsourced alternative.

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Google Maps boosts transit for UK, Chicago and Vancouver

Google Maps boosts transit for UK, Chicago and Vancouver

Google has boosted its Google Transit coverage in Google Maps, adding every UK transit line to the system, as well as improving bus coverage in Chicago and Vancouver. The update leaves Google Maps with transit information for 15,000 cites and towns, Google said today, spread across 64 countries.

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TomTom GO 40, 50, and 60 launch with lifetime maps

TomTom GO 40, 50, and 60 launch with lifetime maps

TomTom has launched three new devices, the TomTom GO 40, 50, and 60. With the navigational devices come TomTom Traffic, as well as Lifetime Maps, meaning the maps will always be updated for the device's lifetime. In addition, TomTom Traffic is now available across the entire TomTom GO series.

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Uber Family ride-sharing trial tipped for New York

Uber Family ride-sharing trial tipped for New York

Uber, the rapidly-growing car service that has caused quite the gnashing of teeth among taxi drivers, is geared up to launch a family-centric ride-sharing service called "Uber Family," it has been revealed. In addition, a recent job listing suggests the service is expanding the number of cities it operates in.

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Apple indoor navigation hire tips iOS 8 Maps

Apple indoor navigation hire tips iOS 8 Maps

When Apple makes a hire, it generally means they’re up to something big. Hiring an indoor navigation specialist like former Wifarer CEO Philip Stanger for their crew, Apple would appear to be preparing for a big change in the way they go about handling their Maps.

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Hammerhead LED bike navigator up for pre-order

Hammerhead LED bike navigator up for pre-order

The Hammerhead LED-based navigator for bicyclists, which was funded through a crowdfunding campaign late last year, is available for pre-order from the company's website. With the device comes the ability to navigate by bike without the hassle (and safety issue) of pulling out a smartphone or GPS unit.

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For autonomous cars, driving dumb is key

For autonomous cars, driving dumb is key

Self-driving cars may need to show some self-restraint when it comes to their “better than human” reflexes and abilities, the Nokia HERE team working on autonomous vehicle technologies suggests, if their flesh and blood passengers are to accept an AI taking the wheel. HERE calls it Humanized Driving, giving computer-controlled cars similar characteristics to the people they’re replacing so as to preserve a feeling of normality, even potentially becoming a virtual twin with the same style as the car’s owner.

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