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  • Waze Connected Citizens Program

    Waze has helped many a motorist in recent years, but the app's data can now be used to help U.S. cities. The company announced on Tuesday that it is now leveraging its crowd-sourced traffic data to offer free alerts to all U.S. cities via its "Connected Citizens" program. Waze, which is owned by Google, is extending the data from its partnership with Esri for use by cities. Esri provides the navigation and traffic mitigation service's geolocation data, which can help city planners and officials make key decisions about infrastructure. Officials will also be able to see wrecks in real time...

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    Apple completely rebuilding its Maps application

    Apple knows its Maps application isn't up to snuff, and it's taking the matter seriously with a totally rebuilt app. When Maps first launched, the app used third-party data to provide the basis for the critical "maps" element of Maps, but now, Apple is taking full ownership and building the map...

  • 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid
    Bentley Bentayga Hybrid's savvy navigation system maximizes efficiency

    Bentley debuted the Bentayga Hybrid at the 2018 Geneva motor show promising a more fuel-efficient but equally luxurious experience. After all, the Bentayga was previously available only with a V-8 or W-12 engine, neither exactly frugal in fuel consumption. Sure, the Bentayga Hybrid will provide 31...

  •  Garmin portable navigation kit now offered on all Volvos
    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...

  • TomTom Commuter concept
    TomTom Previews Next-Gen Navigation Tech With Commuter Concept

    Dutch navigation specialist TomTom recently held an event where it showcased some of its up-and-coming technology, the highlight of which was the new TomTom Commuter device that has been designed to help take the guesswork out of daily driving. Most commuters know all the different routes to their...

  • Chrysler Uconnect with navigation
    Chrysler Presents Updated Uconnect System At 2013 CES

    Chrysler has revealed a new version of its Uconnect touch-screen interface at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, which the automaker claims is the first in the industry to enable dealers to upgrade the system with navigation, weeks, months or even years after the car is bought. This means that...

  • QNX CAR 2 in-car infotainment platform

    If you're a typical car owner, or even an enthusiast, you probably don't know what QNX is--but you should. Or at the least, you should know about the company's work in the field of in-car technology, because chances are good you use it every day. In the near future, you'll use it to do new things with your car, and to customize the look and feel of the interface. Andy Gryc is the product marketing manager at QNX, a company that has spent 33 years working in computer operating systems. What does that have to do with cars? Quite a lot, actually. We recently spent some time talking with Gryc to...

  • Apple iPhone 5 and iOS6 Maps updates
    iPhone 5 & iOS 6 For Drivers: Real-Time Traffic, Navigation, Yelp

    Unless you've been living under a digital mountain of rocks, you've heard the new iPhone 5 was announced today. Maybe you even watched a liveblog of the updates. But here, we bring you the juicy details of the iPhone 5 and the iOS 6 updates from a driver's perspective. So how will the latest bounty...

  • Apple Maps app - image courtesy of Apple
    Apple Maps Rewrites The Book On In-Car Navigation, We Think

    With the launch of a single app (and a new mobile device operation system), Apple has apparently managed to make portable and in-car navigation systems all but obsolete. Announced at this week’s Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference, Apple Maps promises to deliver unprecedented levels...

  • Iter Avto navigation system from 1930 - Image courtesy London Media
    Navigation Systems Not That New: Here's One From 1930

    Being a teenage gearhead geek in the 1980s was bittersweet. Since the Trapper Keeper’s calendar was never full of dates with cheerleaders (or honestly, many girls of any clique), it left more than a few evenings open for television shows like Knight Rider. While the 300 mph top speed was a...

  • 2011 Volvo XC90 FWD 4-door I6 Steering Wheel
    Will Vibrating Steering Wheels Make For Safer Roads?

    Of the five senses that the human body is equipped with, sight and sound are the primary ones used behind the wheel of a car. You could argue that touch comes into play as well, since most vehicles now come equipped with steering-wheel-mounted audio, telephone and cruise control buttons, too. That...

  • Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street are the new voice of TomTom
    Sesame Street's Bert And Ernie Available On TomTom GPS

    If they can't tell you how to get to Sesame Street, no one can. For years we've heard the show's theme, now Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie can be downloaded on TomTom GPS devices to relay turn-by-turn navigation. To make it happen, TomTom collaborated with Sesame Workshop and Locutio Voice...

  • TomTom GO LIVE Top Gear edition cancelled

    BBC's editorial guidelines specifically prohibit presenters from endorsing products that could be used on BBC shows. In other words, there can't be a Top Gear themed TomTom GO Live nav system after all.

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    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...

  • TomTom GO LIVE Top Gear edition
    Can't Get Enough Top Gear? TomTom Has The Nav System For You

    TomTom is introducing a special Top Gear themed edition of its GO LIVE navigation system, featuring both Jeremy Clarkson and The Stig.

  • BMW Real Time Traffic Information
    Want To Beat The Traffic Jams? BMW's Real Time Tech Can Help

    By the time you're miles deep into a huge queue, traffic information on the radio or warnings on the sat nav can seem like a bit of an insult to your intelligence. That's why the most effective solution is one that BMW will be offering to all new European BMW buyers as part of its ConnectedDrive...

  • BMW Real Time Traffic Information
    BMW Upgrades Real Time Traffic Navigation Technology

    Over the weekend we gave you a glimpse of some of the future ConnectedDrive technologies BMW is working on for its future cars, some of which we’ll be seeing much sooner than later. The automaker has now announced one of these, an upgraded version of its Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI)...

  • Traffic Jam
    Tech Blamed For Stressed "Gen Y" Drivers; Some Tips To Help

    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...

  • BMW Pathfinder "micronavigation" system prototype

    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 putting millions of drivers at risk. It's known as GPS racing. Described as such it sounds fun, but it's leading to millions of motorists driving more dangerously. The ICM survey found that an estimated 7.2 million drivers in the UK alone have raced to a destination to beat the ETA predicted by their sat...

  • 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...

  • RoadAhead screen grab
    Road Ahead App May Be The Road Tripper's Best Friend

    If you’re like us, you have a passion for road trips and a serious preference for certain brands of food, gasoline and coffee. If you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, a new application may be just the thing to turn road trip frustration into road trip bliss. Called RoadAhead, the app will...

  • 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...

  • AIDA 2.0
    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...

  • Homer Simpson
    Homer Simpson Squeezes Into TomTom's App For iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

    Given the vast number of free navigation apps available for Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Windows handsets, we've been more than a little skeptical about the future of satnav makers like Garmin and TomTom. After all, why should consumers shell out for a fairly limited piece of hardware when they...

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