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  • Waze icons

    No one particularly likes being told what to do by others, so Waze now has the ultimate solution for that problem: have yourself tell you what to do. Waze now lets users record their own turn-by-turn directions for audio, offering an alternative to many preset options, according to Lifehacker. The "Waze Voice Recorder" is included in the latest update for the GPS application for Android smartphones (sorry, iPhone users). It prompts the Waze user to record the various directions used by its system in their own voice. Directions such as "turn left" and "exit right" are among the basic phrases...

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    Non-Satellite GPS Could Soon Be A Thing

    The "quantum compass" sounds like something Dr Who might use, or a 1990s special edition car name. In actuality, it's the name of a new device under development with the British military to allow GPS-style navigation in submarines without the use of satellites. The big news here is that GPS itself...

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    Appeals Court To Decide On GPS Tracking Without A Warrant

    In January 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled that attaching a GPS tracking device to a subject’s car without a written warrant was the equivalent of an illegal search, prohibited by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The current administration views things a bit...

  • Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California
    San Francisco Ponders Taxing Drivers By Mileage

    Building and maintaining roads, bridges and tunnels is an expensive proposition, and rising costs mean that municipal, county and state budgets often fall short. Raising tolls, or raising the taxes levied on gasoline are both ways to address revenue shortages, but neither are popular with drivers...

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    Big Brother Caught Watching: GPS Trackers Found On Cars

    At what point would you consider the attentions of the powers that be to breach your privacy? How about discovering that your car had been fitted with a GPS vehicle tracker without your knowledge? That's what happened to a young Californian man known only as Greg, according to Wired. The...

  • TeleNav GPS Navigator
    TeleNav Launches Navigator 7.1 For Android: Next-Gen Nav

    A stress-free journey is a happy journey, and the invention of satellite navigation was the biggest boost for in-car happiness since the bench seat... if you catch our drift. GPS Navigator 7.1 for Android is the latest navigation system, described as next-gen navigation to make drivers' lives...

  • OnStar

    It's often the way with the modern world: The products and services we use aren't just products and services any more - they're experiences. Where once you used to use a car to get from A to B with the occasional trip via C, now you can be as connected to your life on the internet as you are with your smartphone or home PC. The downside of this is that a lot more of your personal information is constantly in transit, whether paying for stuff when you're out and about or just driving around with a GPS signal trapping you. And with a recent change to GM's OnStar terms of service agreement...

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    Garmin's Big News Is...Updated GPS Units

    Late last week, Garmin rolled out a teaser campaign for something to be unveiled on August 24th. Assuming that Garmin is a forward-thinking manufacturer of high-tech gadgets, we imagined that the company might roll out an Android app (finally) or perhaps a telematics service to compete with OnStar...

  • ZMP RoboCar MEV-C automated vehicle
    Latest RoboCar Prototype: Ugly, But High Tech And Autonomous

    Some cars are beautiful. Others are fast. Some others are incredibly practical. Some other cars are none of these things, but their importance isn't in their looks, speed or usability but the technological advancements they'll offer to the car industry as a whole. The RoboCar MEV-C is one of these...

  • Chadwick Martin Bailey study on smartphone & tablet usage habits, May 2011
    Taps For TomTom: The Standalone GPS Unit Is Dead

    The lightbulb killed the gas lamp. The DVD killed the VHS tape. And now, the world is preparing for the death of another invention past its prime: the standalone GPS device. We've been expecting this funeral for some time. Google Maps' debut on smartphones was a bad omen, and each new travel app...

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    Technology And Apps Help Take The Pain Out Of Parking

    Along with standing around at a gas station watching your last paycheck click away before your eyes, parking has to be one of motoring's less pleasurable pursuits. Just like filling your car though it's a necessary evil, so in the absence of doing away with it completely, anything that makes it...

  • BMW "The Ultimate Drive" app
    BMW: The Ultimate Driving... App "Social, Mobile Experience"

    Some carmakers would have you believe that it's no longer enough to simply drive around in their product, that driving is now a connected experience and one to share with a wider audience than just your passengers. To this end, BMW's new mobile app, "The Ultimate Drive" lets you discover the best...

  • Traffic Jam

    If you were born some time between the 1970s and the mid 1990s you're what's known as "Generation Y", and new research has shown that you're much more likely to be stressed behind the wheel than your "Baby Boomer" predecessors. The survey was conducted by Galaxy Research, on 1,010 people across Australia. The cause of this increase in stress is down to Gen Y's tech savviness, according to the survey. Information overload from increased use of the internet and social media has dulled our ability to react to our surroundings, resulting in a poor sense of direction and reduced the ability to...

  • BMW Pathfinder "micronavigation" system prototype
    GPS Racing: Over 7 Million Brits Try And Beat The Sat Nav

    How long will a journey take from point A to point B? To get the answer, many of us will punch the destination into our GPS satellite navigation devices which give us an estimated time of arrival (ETA). However, a new survey thinks that subconsciously trying to beat the displayed ETA could be...

  • Lexus Enform Mobile App
    Lexus eDestination: Program Your Sat Nav Wherever You Are

    Chances are, if you're in the market for a new Lexus then you appreciate the luxury, technology and ease of use thats available to you. If this is the case, why shouldn't your Lexus Navigation System already know where you want to go when you step into the car? With Lexus eDestination, it can. Of...

  • Charting a new course:  Google maps
    You Have Reached Your Destination... With A Map, Not Sat Nav

    If you're aged between 18 and 24 years old you could be forgiven for having never seen a road atlas. These archaic paper-based devices require you to use planning and a sense of direction to navigate from one place to another, and remain silent throughout your journey. According to research by the...

  • Toyota Prius at parking meter
    Easier Parking In Hungary With GPS-Based Meter Service

    The good old coin-operated parking meter is a bit of an enigma in the modern automotive world. When virtually everything can now be paid for by cards or even mobile phones, having to fumble around in the ashtray for a few quarters seems a little last-century. Not so for Hungarian motorists, who...

  • Touchscreen steering wheel. Photo: Discovery News
    Pinch, Trace And Touch... The Steering Wheel Of The Future

    If you love a steering wheel festooned with handy buttons, and even if you don't, this might be the steering wheel for you. Engineers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have been hard at work on a new prototype steering wheel that takes interaction with your car to a new level. You may think...

  • 2011 BMW 5-Series Left Turn Assist

    The day I got my driver's license. It was one of the most memorable days of my life. But not entirely for the obvious reason. You see, when I wrapped my sweaty palms around the wheel and put my quivering foot to the gas, I was quickly met with a horrifying image. Within about 15 seconds, the instructor was frantically clawing at the emergency brake. Not a good omen. Before my test had hardly begun, in a nervous haste to try to look like I really knew what I was doing, I misjudged the morning traffic and nearly left-turned into fiery carnage. Luckily, my instructor was on his game. The funny...

  • T-Pad tactile touchscreen display (Image: i-programmer)
    Greater Interaction With "Sticky" Touchscreen Display Tech

    Touchscreen displays have revolutionized our gadgets, both in and away from our automotive lives. Now, they're set to get even better to use. From iPhones to satellite navigation systems, many of our electronic gadgets use the technology, and that's only going to increase as makers strive for ever...

  • Green GPS (Image: University of Illinois)
    Green GPS Picks Fuel-Saving, Lowest Emissions Routes

    GPS navigation systems and internet-based route planners allow you to pick the quickest or shortest route to your destination. However, until now there hasn't been the option to pick the greenest route, allowing you to use the least fuel and reducing your journey's emissions. Researchers at the...

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    Audi, MIT's AIDA 2.0 Previews Next-Gen Car GPS Interface

    The first generation of Audi and MIT's collaboration on a futuristic in-car interface system produced a somewhat creepy, ostensibly friendly, in-car robot. The second generation, previewed in the video below, looks more like the product of a sci-fi movie, aiming to redefine the way we look at...

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    Could Patrols Use Nav Traffic Data For Speed-Trap Placement?

    The navigation-system provider TomTom, which uses crowd-sourced traffic data to help find the fastest routes, has been caught in the Netherlands selling users' speed data to police—who then might use that to decide where to set up speed traps. Live traffic information is arguably one of the...

  •  Garmin portable navigation kit now offered on all Volvos
    Entire Volvo Range Now Offered With Portable Garmin GPS Navigation

    Automakers have been working closely with electronic component suppliers over the past couple of years in order to develop a new generation of low cost navigation and infotainment systems designed for both vehicle and personal use. Harman International previously confirmed plans to supply a...

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