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Waze toll prices use crowd power to add up the cost of your trip

Waze toll prices use crowd power to add up the cost of your trip

Waze is adding toll prices to its navigation guidance, flagging up just how much trips across North America and Israel will actually cost when paid routes are taken into consideration. The new feature is being added from today in the US, Canada, and Israel, and will be able to show an estimated cost of each potential trip in addition to how long a drive, and how far, they'll involve.

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Garmin DriveSmart 65 navigator makes Alexa your car co-pilot

Garmin DriveSmart 65 navigator makes Alexa your car co-pilot

When Amazon first announced the Amazon Echo smart speaker and its Alexa assistant, there were some jokes about putting it inside cars somehow. With the Echo Dot and third-party batteries, that almost became possible. Now they won't have to resort to hacks and workarounds thanks to the new Garmin DriveSmart 65 that not only gets drivers and their passengers to their destination, they can also make their shopping list on the go, all hands-free.

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Google Maps on-screen speedometer will warn you if you’re speeding

Google Maps on-screen speedometer will warn you if you’re speeding

Google Maps has changed the way we navigate the world but, for some, Waze was the one that changed the way we drive around. Of course, Google owns Waze so it's no surprise that some driving-related features have eventually come to the main Maps app. The latest is the inclusion of a speedometer right at the corner of Google Maps screen which could help drivers, or their passengers, notice how fast they might be going.

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Garmin Overlander goes off-road with adventure focused features

Garmin Overlander goes off-road with adventure focused features

Garmin has a new GPS navigation device, and while smartphones may have taken over in-car directions, the Garmin Overlander aims to prove that standalone still has its place. Targeting the overlanding community, the eponymous all-in-one navigator includes not only road mapping and directions but topographical mapping, too.

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Google Maps could start showing ads and its bound to get messy

Google Maps could start showing ads and its bound to get messy

"Google" is now also a verb because of how search has become so ingrained in our modern lives. There is, however, one other Google product that has subtly cemented its role in our lives. Google Maps has changed the way we travel and navigate partly because it made what was once a paid subscription feature available for all and for free. The latter isn't going to change but Google may soon be looking for ways to profit from its lead by, what else, placing ads in Google Maps.

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Waze Audio Player gets support for Deezer streaming service on Android

Waze Audio Player gets support for Deezer streaming service on Android

In October, navigation app Waze launched an in-app audio player with support for a handful of popular audio sources. This feature is designed to provide drivers with direct access to their favorite audio content, minimizing distractions and eliminating the need to toggle between apps. In its most recent update, the company has added Android support for the music streaming service Deezer.

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Apple Maps gets serious with more transit directions, indoor maps

Apple Maps gets serious with more transit directions, indoor maps

Once the butt of jokes, Apple Maps has grown up to become a serious rival to Google Maps, especially for those deep into Apple’s ecosystem who have very little trust in the search giant’s ethos. Although it still does miss out on some features, Apple is fortunately not one to slack off. No major announcement has been made but Apple Maps’ coverage is growing bigger and stronger, especially with the addition of new indoor maps and transit directions both in the US and the rest of the world.

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Waze Beacons keep drivers connected in NYC traffic tunnels

Waze Beacons keep drivers connected in NYC traffic tunnels

Waze is expanding its Beacons program to help drivers in New York City stay connected while in a traffic tunnel. Driving a car within one of these concrete tunnels typically results in a connectivity blackout, meaning the navigation app can no longer get a GPS signal. Waze Beacons help deal with this problem using Bluetooth to transmit data to phones as an alternative to a GPS signal.

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Garmin Golf Approach G80 GPS is built to teach and entertain

Garmin Golf Approach G80 GPS is built to teach and entertain

Garmin is a name mostly associated with car navigation systems but some might also know that the company makes all sorts of devices that are empowered by GPS technology. Even before it was making smartwatches and trackers, however, Garmin was already making Golf watches and handhelds to help players improve their game. With the new Garmin Golf Approach G80 does not only that, thanks to some new monitoring hardware, it also tries to make practicing and playing golf even more fun for both beginners and veterans alike.

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Quantum Compass could free us from satellites for navigation

Quantum Compass could free us from satellites for navigation

Any GPS user who has ventured into an area with lots of obstacles that prevent satellites from being seen by their navigation unit knows the woes of satellite-based navigation. Anytime the GPS device on your dash can't see the satellites, you lose your signal. Signal loss happens under heavy tree cover, in mountain canyons, and in cities with tall buildings.

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Google Maps EV charging locations are a genius idea

Google Maps EV charging locations are a genius idea

Google Maps is adding electric vehicle charging station information, promising to make powering up an EV or plug-in hybrid more straightforward. The new functionality is being added to the Google Maps app for iOS and Android today, and will follow on in the desktop version in the coming weeks, Google says.

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Google Maps for CarPlay released for iOS 12

Google Maps for CarPlay released for iOS 12

Google Maps has navigated its way to CarPlay, with Apple's in-car infotainment interface opening up to Google's app with the arrival of iOS 12. One of the most-requested features of CarPlay since it launched, it means no longer being forced to use Apple Maps when you hook your iPhone up to a compatible in-car infotainment system.

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