According to reports from the NPD Group, the leading global provider of consumer and retail market research information, GPS sales are set to increase 8% this holiday season compared to last year.
That figure however is a little misleading. The sales may go up by 8% this year but the average retail prices on PND’s are down by 25%, meaning that the revenue will actually fall by 16%.
If you’re the outdoors activities type of person then Satsports Ltd might have a GPS device for you.
The sport-specific GPS device that the company claim to be the “world’s first truly multi-sport interactive all weather GPS,” is for sale through their website and will cost you $490. The device will combined "true real time interactive navigation for skiing, snowboarding, golfing, running, cycling and automotive enthusiasts in a portable, all-weather device."
Digital mapping and navigation solution company - Tele Atlas, is no longer providing the map data for Google maps in the United States.
The details of the change were explained in a blog post by Andrew Lookingbill, a software engineer for Google:
Virgin Mobile has announced that it will debut its GPS service on the LG Rumor2 phone.
Virgin Navigator is powered by Networks in Motion and should be available later this month. The application will offer all the usual features you expect to find on a modern GPS including voice spoken turn-by-turn direction, local search, traffic conditions, gas prices, weather and more.
The iPhone has yet another new navigation app this week in the form of the MotionX-GPS Drive.
Fullpower Technologies, a Californian start-up company are the people who bring us this new navigation app and by all accounts they plan on competing with the big boys.
A recent Navteq-sponsored study has provided data that indicates driving with a real-time traffic equipped GPS can save you 4 days of driving per year.
Navteq, who provide quality map and data content for Garmin, BMW, Nokia and more, sponsored the study that analyzed data on drivers with no GPS, drivers with non-traffic enabled GPS, and drivers with real-time traffic information.
Pioneer has released a free iphone app that is designed to work with their two new in-dash navigation systems. The app will be compatible with their new AVIC-U31OBT and AVIC-C11OBT. The app called AVIC FEEDS will permit iphone users and Pioneer AVIC user the chance to link the two devices allowing the driver an array of options that were currently not available.
Mio have just launched their new line of budget GPS devices, The Mio Moov M300 and M400.
At just $119.99 for the M300 and $149.99 for the M400, it appears as if Mio has made a product that will fly off the shelves.
Navigon have unveiled their new line of navigation systems at this year’s IFA. IFA is a business event for consumer electronics and home appliances, it is regarded as one of the best events of its kind.
One of the coolest things about their new models is that all the devices, from the low end to the high, all feature pedestrian navigation. This is great if you’re anything like me and love to travel. The truth is, if you’re unfamiliar with a city or town one of the best ways to explore is on foot.
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