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LA fire forces police warning: Don’t trust map apps

LA fire forces police warning: Don’t trust map apps

As Los Angeles continues to burn, the LA Police Department has been forced to warn drivers not to trust their navigation apps, which may mistake roads where fires are raging for conveniently open routes. It's proved to be another example of how the Internet of Things may be heavily interconnected, but it isn't quite as smart as it really needs to be in order to be truly reliable.

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Google Maps adds two-wheel mode for motorbike routes

Google Maps adds two-wheel mode for motorbike routes

For most Google Maps users, getting directions to a destination comes with three or four options: cars, public transportation, walking, and possibly cycling. For users in India, though, soon to be followed by other countries, there is a fifth option: two-wheeler mode. This new option is represented by an icon resembling a motorcycle, and it is designed for motorbikes which may be capable of taking routes not accessible to cars.

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Huge Waze update brings support for motorcycles and voice commands

Huge Waze update brings support for motorcycles and voice commands

Waze is an app that tends to get new features on the regular, but the update landing today is definitely worth paying a little more attention to. The team behind the crowd-sourced navigation app says that this is one of the "biggest Waze app updates ever," and for good reason. There are three oft-requested features rolling out with this update, and they all center around making Waze a more personalized experience.

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Garmin Speak brings Amazon Alexa and GPS navigation to any vehicle

Garmin Speak brings Amazon Alexa and GPS navigation to any vehicle

Garmin has announced a new smart device that'll bring the best of Alexa into buyers' cars. The device, simply called Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa, is said to be the first in-car gadget that gives drivers access to Alexa, as well as navigation via Garmin's own tech. Alexa can handle more than just tapping Garmin's navigational database, though.

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Waze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS

Waze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS

There are some things that seem to be fated to go together, like cookies and cream, peanut butter and jelly, and driving and music. Driving and fiddling with your smartphone to play your favorite traveling tunes, however, isn’t one of those and, in some places, might even be illegal. That is why Waze and Spotify have teamed up earlier this year to give you both experiences in one app. Now that tag team is arriving on iOS so you can keep your eyes on the road and your ears on the music.

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Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Ask any Android Auto user what app they've been most eagerly awaiting, and the answer will probably be Waze. Sure, Google Maps is one of the best navigation apps around, but for the true road warrior there's no replacing its speeding ticket-saving cousin. The good news is that Waze for Android Auto is here, and I've been testing it out to see if it was worth the wait.

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Waze for iPhone can now give directions in your own voice

Waze for iPhone can now give directions in your own voice

If you're an iPhone users addicted to Waze and its useful real-time traffic and cop warnings, you can now get directions in your own voice. Waze for iOS has been updated with support for recording your own prompts and saving them into a custom voice command pack. The feature was first launched on the Android version of Waze back in May

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Apple Maps street imagery vans expand to more US areas

Apple Maps street imagery vans expand to more US areas

For a few years now we've heard about Apple deploying vans outfitted with camera equipment around the country to collect street-level imagery. While we'll have to continue to wait to see if this data will play a part in the company's autonomous car platform efforts, in the meantime it's surely going to use by improving Apple's own Maps service.

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Street View takes you up close and personal with a volcano

Street View takes you up close and personal with a volcano

As the name not so subtly hints, Google Street View was initially launched back in 2007 more as a navigation aid, showing locations, landmarks, and streets from the point of view of a person standing right in the middle of it all. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for people to use Street View as a way of experiencing the vistas of a far-off location by proxy, a use case that Google has officially embraced. Now Street View has become a way to see places you otherwise would never be able to reach. Like the gaping maw of an active volcano.

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Waze adds Spotify integration for in-app playlists

Waze adds Spotify integration for in-app playlists

Navigation app Waze has announced a new integration with Spotify that brings playlists to the app. According to the company, this integration means users can now access their Spotify playlists from within the Waze app, eliminating the need to toggle between the two while on the road. You’ll know when the feature rolls your way when a Spotify icon appears within your Waze app.

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Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps

Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps

Uber just got much more convenient, assuming you’re a Google Maps user, thanks to a new integration with Google’s navigation app. Rather than opening the Uber app and copying an address into the destination field, Google users can now find their location using Google Maps, then choose the small ride-hailing icon as the transportation method, enabling travelers to order an Uber car directly within the app.

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Garmin Drive 2017 navigator product line update adds free live services

Garmin Drive 2017 navigator product line update adds free live services

Garmin has introduced an update to its Garmin Drive lineup, a series of portable navigation devices targeted at everyday commuters. There’s the Garmin Drive, an entry-level product, as well as the Garmin DriveSmart, Garmin DriveAssist, and Garmin DriveLuxe. The 2017 update is adding what Garmin calls “essential live services,” that is live services that are now available to owners for free. The 2017 Drive products have an ‘enhanced feature set,’ says Garmin.

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