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Telenav Shotgun PND Review

Telenav Shotgun PND Review

Telenav just announced the Shotgun, a new Internet-connected personal GPS navigation device (PND).  The Shotgun is the company's first two-way PND taking advantage of cellular networks to provide real-time traffic alerts, Internet content such as maps and business listings as well as updated gas prices.

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TomTom GO LIVE dynamic routing launched at IFA 2008

TomTom GO LIVE dynamic routing launched at IFA 2008

TomTom has announced a new dynamic navigation and route guidance service, GO x40 LIVE, together with three new GPS models to take advantage of it.  The GO 940 LIVE, GO 740 LIVE and GO 540 LIVE all have access to an updated version of TomTom's IQ Routes system, which uses historical travel time information for every road, specified for every day of the week at five minute intervals, to assess traffic and, if necessary, reroute.

TomTom update GPS with Google Maps link & new car mount

TomTom update GPS with Google Maps link & new car mount

TomTom have refreshed their ONE and XL satnav ranges, adding Google Maps compatibility, reworking the audio system for clearer voice prompts, and redesigning the windscreen mount.  Both models now support TomTom's Map Share system, which allows users to collectively update and polish mapping data in-between official releases, a guarantee that the maps provided will be the latest version, and pre-installed traffic camera information.  A new Help Me! menu gives shortcut access to emergency and breakdown service contact details, car maintenance advice, directions to the nearest hospital and first aid instructions. 

Navigon 2100 Max – thin, light, and easy to use and I’ve got it for review

Navigon 2100 Max – thin, light, and easy to use and I’ve got it for review

Navigon is quickly rising to the top in the Personal Navigation Device market, even superseding TomTom and Garmin in many areas. Their latest PND is the 2100 Max, which is coincidentally one of the few upgradeable GPS units on the market. It also has a 4.3-inch Widescreen, Text-To-Speech functionality, lane guide assistance and speed warnings along with a fairly comprehensive list of Points of Interest; I mean there were more than a couple points listed in the little town I live in.

TomTom GO 930, 730 & 530 with new HD GPRS traffic receiver

TomTom GO 930, 730 & 530 with new HD GPRS traffic receiver

TomTom have launched a new range of in-car GPS sat nav units at CeBIT 2008 today, together with a GPRS-enabled traffic receiver that plugs directly into a car's cigarette lighter.  The three new devices, the 930, 730 and 530, all feature the company's new IQ Routes technology which not only takes into account distance and permitted road speeds in calculating routes but also real-world typical speeds.  TomTom are claiming that in 50-percent of journeys this new algorithm results in a different, quicker route than before.  The GPS units also add Advanced Lane Guidance, which introduces more realistic junction diagrams, arrows indicating lane transitions and better voice prompts. 

World Premiere of TomTom’s new TomTom HD Traffic

World Premiere of TomTom’s new TomTom HD Traffic

Yeah, it says world premiere, but they only have a deal with Vodafone to collect the necessary GSM signals to calculate the traffic in an area. So, it looks like you can buy it anywhere, but only use it where there is Vodafone service.

The service will initially only be available in the Netherlands, and will offer external routes, that according to the data collected, should be faster. The first device to be blessed with the new HD Traffic tech will be the TomTom ONE XL HD Traffice, which is exactly like the ONE XL, but add a SIM card to get the traffic data with.

IFA 2007 – New TomTom range travels to North America

IFA 2007 – New TomTom range travels to North America

Vincent spent some time playing with the latest TomTom GPS navigation units and was pleased to find out that a number of models are crossing the Atlantic and finding their way to North America.  The range-topping GO 920 and the 3rd edition ONE will be available in September, with the former offering pre-installed maps of the US, Canada and Europe on its 4GB of internal memory.

 

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