TomTom GO LIVE 820 and 825 PNDs find their way to Europe

TomTom has announced its GO LIVE 800 series PNDs for the European market, initially available as the 4.3-inch GO LIVE 820 and the 5-inch GO LIVE 825. Each packs a year's worth of TomTom LIVE functionality, including HD Traffic updates, speed camera alerts, weather forecasts and local search for hunting down nearby stores and services. There's also Bluetooth for hands-free calls.

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Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone hits App Store

Garmin looks to be hedging its bets when it comes to the hardware/software PND debate, launching not only the nüvi 2400 range of dedicated 5-inch GPS units, but its first iPhone app as well. Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone offers turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names, free traffic alerts, lane-assist with a junction view for complex highway navigation, and integration with iTunes for music playback while you're driving.

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Garmin nüvi 2400 Series PNDs offer 5″ touchscreen

As more people rely on their smartphones for turn-by-turn navigation, is there still a market for a standalone PND? Garmin reckons there is, hence the new nüvi 2400 Series of sat-nav devices. Fronted by a 5-inch touchscreen, the four-strong range - nüvi 2460LMT, nüvi 2460LT, nüvi 2450LM, and the nüvi 2450 - offer predictive traffic, automatic logging of favorite destinations, and, optionally, hands-free Bluetooth calling and voice-control.

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Ford SYNC Destinations app remotely programs your PND

Ford has pushed out their new SYNC Destinations mobile app today, allowing iPhone, iPad or Android device users to hook up to the TDI systems in their Ford vehicles and get Predictive Traffic advice for route mapping. Hooking up with the device's address book, as well as allowing up to 25 saved locations, the app lets you search for turn-by-turn directions and have them ready and waiting when you actually get into the car.

Ford's predictive systems take into account real-time speed, accident and incident information for all highways, interstates, arterials and city streets in 126 metropolitan areas across North America, and then use that to pick what the system reckons is the best route for your journey. So far, so good, but it then throws in local school schedules, sports games and concerts as well.

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Pioneer Network Vision head-up display for in-car PNDs due 2012 [Video]

Pioneer's head-up display ambitions - which the company showed off at CEATEC 2010 earlier this year - look headed to a commercial release, with Microvision announcing that it will be providing its PicoP laser projection engine for the Pioneer Network Vision system. We shouldn't have too long to wait until the results start showing up in front of our eyes, either, as Pioneer is targeting commercial introduction of an in-vehicle HUD in 2012.

Video demo after the cut

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Garmin chirp is your pocket geocaching pebble

Garmin has outed the unusually-named chirp, a $22.99 geocaching dongle intended for those people whose idea of a good weekend is snuffling round clutching their PND and looking for treasure in Tupperware.  Compatible with any of the company's wirelessly-enabled handhelds, the chirp can basically be programmed to give location hints for other geocachers, and then hidden - it's waterproof, usefully - so as to encourage them along the way whenever they pass.

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PND-centric Garmin-Asus’ Windows Phone 7 will arrive Q1 2011

Garmin-Asus has confirmed that, while the company expects to release smartphones running Windows Phone 7, there won't be any handsets from them using the Microsoft OS until 2011.  Speaking at the Singapore launch of the nuvifone A50 and A10, ASUS business development manager for handheld sales Fei Yen told CNET Asia that while the company has engineers working on Microsoft's platform at the moment, there are "no plans to launch Windows Phone this year."

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Garmin Edge 800 cycling PND packs custom maps with no calibration

Garmin has outed its latest PND, and the Edge 800 is targeted at cyclists either prone to getting lost or wanting to track their performance.  A compact unit with a 2.6-inch color touchscreen, the Edge 800 comes with a simple twist-on handlebar mount and can track not only position but speed, distance, time, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent.  Pair it with an ANT+ compliant monitor, meanwhile, and you can also record heartrate and speed/cadence (sensor depending).

Using Garmin's Custom Maps software, owners can manage their own topographical data or load on preconfigured packages, such as City Navigator maps, stored on a microSD card.  The Edge 800 also supports satellite imagery, and requires no calibration if moved between bikes: the company says you can simply twist it off the mount and snap it onto a different cycle.

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