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Nokia and Mercedes self-driving car project taps HERE research

Nokia and Mercedes self-driving car project taps HERE research

Nokia and Mercedes Benz will work together on self-driving cars, the companies have confirmed, with Nokia's HERE developing metadata-rich navigation and mapping data with extra information for robot drivers. The partnership, which comes alongside deals between Nokia HERE and both Continental Corporation and Magneti Marelli, takes map data and bakes in aspects like how many lanes there are, what direction they go in, what traffic signs are along the route, and the precise location of traffic lights, so that autonomous cars will better understand the roads they are using.

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Garmin HUD hands-on: A head-up display for the freeway fighter pilot

Garmin HUD hands-on: A head-up display for the freeway fighter pilot

Fighter pilots and Google Glass owners: Garmin is channeling a little of both with its latest navigation accessory, the Garmin HUD, and we took some time to peer through the head-up display while at IFA 2013. The Bluetooth peripheral is designed to sit on your dashboard and project simple guidance and directions to drivers using Garmin's StreetPilot or NAVIGON apps, without forcing them to look away from the windshield or - worse still - down to a phone shoved precariously into a spare cup holder.

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Garmin HUD offers head-up display directions from your smartphone

Garmin HUD offers head-up display directions from your smartphone

Garmin has outed the latest must-have gadget for the Top Gun wannabe, the Garmin HUD, a head-up display that hooks up wirelessly to your smartphone. Designed to connect via Bluetooth to an iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone 8 device running either the Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON apps, and HUD projects navigation directions, speed, and other information onto the windshield, meaning drivers don't have to take their phone out of their pocket, or glance down at it.

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TomTom wants to pay you to map paradise this summer

TomTom wants to pay you to map paradise this summer

TomTom is one of the best-known navigation device companies out there. As with any GPS navigation device company, quality maps are key. It doesn't matter how good the hardware is if the software is lacking. TomTom has a contest it is getting ready to kick off that is perfect for the summer. The contest will have you and up to three more friends or family members exploring one of five different islands, and getting paid for your time.

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Nokia Lumia 900 DC-HSPA with Nokia Transport hands-on

Nokia Lumia 900 DC-HSPA with Nokia Transport hands-on

Nokia's Lumia 900 HSPA edition doesn't break many new boundaries - we saw the LTE model at CES after all - aside from its DC-HSPA, but the new Nokia Transport app certainly promises to be useful. Another free preload in the fashion of Nokia Music and Nokia Drive, the app pulls in timetable directions for walking, trams, buses, metro services and more, all with an easily navigable UI.

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JVC Multimedia and Navigation head-units pack touch, BT, app support

JVC Multimedia and Navigation head-units pack touch, BT, app support

JVC has outed a bevy of new in-car head units, ranging from double-din touchscreen multimedia receivers through to motorized entertainment/multimedia systems, at CES 2012 today. Both the KW-AV multimedia range and KW-NT navigation range offer large LCD displays, iPhone multimedia support and, optionally, HD Radio access. Meanwhile, JVC has also added Bluetooth smartphone support with the new JVC KS-BTA100 module, as well as detailed incoming support for apps in its head units.

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Garmin nüvi 3500 series PNDs pack photo details and Smartphone Link

Garmin nüvi 3500 series PNDs pack photo details and Smartphone Link

Garmin's latest personal navigation range has been launched at CES today, the nüvi 3500 series, a flagship line-up of standalone satnav units with select models compatible with the company's new Smartphone Link hook-up between GPS device and Android phone. The nuvi 3450, 3450LM, 3490LMT, 3550LM and 3590LMT each have full color touchscreens (either 4.3- or 5-inches), lane assist and Garmin Guidance 3.0, the company's latest navigation engine.

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Parrot Asteroid in-car Nav & Entertainment systems revealed

Parrot Asteroid in-car Nav & Entertainment systems revealed

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.

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NAVIGON 2.0 adds offline maps to iPhone

NAVIGON 2.0 adds offline maps to iPhone

Garmin has launched a new version of its NAVIGON navigation app for iPhone, with v2.0 adding the option to download maps for offline access as well as introducing quarterly map updates. NAVIGON 2.0 for iPhone follows Nokia Maps' offline mapping with state-by-state downloads in the US (those using the app outside the US will likely get country-by-country download options) so that you can navigate while your data connection is turned off.

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