When it's not guiding you to a chosen destination, your GPS navigation system is usually just sitting there showing you your current location. Even units that feature traffic data may show you information about congestion, but without a destination chosen even these units won't route you around traffic.
BMW Group's Research and Technology arm is working to make navigation systems more useful by endowing them with artificial intelligence and teaching them basic learning skills.
The idea is that these intelligent navigation systems will proactively warn drivers about potential traffic jams along their regular routes, or suggest alternate commutes that are more fuel efficient. All of this is done without the driver's input.
BMW is basically trying to teach the navigation system to learn driver's past routes as well as time of day and passenger information. By combining this historic data with current traffic data and information from other vehicle sensors, the intelligent navigation makes decisions about the driver's potential destination.… Read more
Just last month, I was so stoked to find a Sony wide-screen GPS for $99.99, I actually bought one.
Too bad I didn't wait, as Dell has the Pharos Drive 200 wide-screen GPS for just $66.99. It's a new unit, not a refurb, and Dell picks up the shipping.
Needless to say, that blows away any previous deal I've posted on a wide-screen navigation system. (FYI, wide screen means a 4-inch, wide-format LCD, as opposed to the square-ish 3.5-inch screen on most cheapo GPS units. That half inch may not sound like much, but … Read more
Google on Thursday released an application called My Tracks that turns the T-Mobile G1 Android phone into a full-fledged GPS receiver.
The free software can record tracks showing where you've been, display them on a map, show elevation gains and losses, and share data with various online services.
As a geography buff, I have to confess that this one of the first applications that actually got me excited. I carry a Garmin standalone GPS device so I can geotag my photos and keep track of my trips, but My Tracks one-ups it in several ways.
For one thing, it's a phone and therefore much more likely to be toted at all times, not just on dedicated occasions. But more important, it's an Internet-enabled device, which means it shows my position on Google Maps--either map mode or satellite image mode, not just the feeble and expensive Garmin Maps--as long as it can find the Internet. Track data can be saved not just as a GPX file, but also uploaded and shared with Google Maps. And statistics can be uploaded into Google Docs spreadsheets or even Twittered (for example using the Twidroid application). … Read more
Every so often there is an app in the jailbroken market that reminds us about the limitations of the App Store. xGPS is one of those apps. It brings turn-by-turn navigation to jailbroken iPhones. This type of navigation is something that non-jailbroken iPhone users have been demanding for a long time.
We covered this topic several times in the past and even noted changes to the iPhone OS that could readily support turn-by-direction directions and outside vendor development of apps providing these kinds of directions here, here and here.
xGPS takes advantage of the iPhone access to Google's map … Read more
It's difficult to describe the 2010 Honda Insight without mentioning the current heavyweight champion of the green car world, the Toyota Prius. Both vehicles are dedicated hybrid models and are similarly styled, so it's easy to see why many assume the Insight is Honda's "Prius-killer."
Unfortunately for Honda, the Prius' more sophisticated drive train beats the Insight, offering more power and a higher EPA-estimated fuel economy. However, all is not lost, as the Insight brings a secret weapon to the green car wars: value.
With a much lower estimated price tag, the Insight may not … Read more
On Thursday, TeleNav announced that starting February 24, it will make its location-based service, TeleNav GPS Navigator, available to T-Mobile G1 owners, bringing real-time turn-by-turn navigation to the Google Android smartphone.
In addition to turn-by-turn driving directions, TeleNav GPS Navigator offers traffic alerts with one-click rerouting, business searches (with more than 10 million listings), gas prices, weather updates, and restaurant reviews.
Speech recognition is also supported, meaning that you'll be able to press a button on the G1, dictate an address or business, and TeleNav will then route to the destination. Alternatively, you can preplan trips through TeleNav's … Read more
Many of the vehicles that roll through the CNET garage are packed to the gills with gadgets, gizmos, and cool and thoughtful tech features. However, for our car stereo and accessory reviews, we turn to our Car Tech rolling test lab, a vehicle chosen because it is a black canvas with no amenities and hardly any features worth mentioning.
The stark contrast observed hopping back and forth between the two classes of vehicles has taught me a very important lesson about myself: I don't like being without car tech. Yes, dear readers, I've been spoiled by high-tech gadgets.… Read more