The exponential pace of technology development is already morphing the HUD into the futuristic Augmented Reality windscreen HUD. Such a display system takes HUD technology beyond the simple display of car performance and navigation instructions to an sophisticated augmented reality (AR) overlay of the cars windscreen that has the potential to dramatically improve driving safety. [...]
Downloading GPS Coordinates from Google Maps or Mapquest (i.e. your GPS coordinates and address) directly to your TomTom or Garmin GPS navigator. Downloading GPS coordinates from Google Maps Google Maps is one of the most well known and frequently used applications when it comes to finding directions and locations on a map. Google has put many features into [...]
GPS – making driving safer Many states in the USA and other countries are passing laws requiring hands-free use of mobile phones in a car. Bluetooth is a wireless technology which enables consumer electronics devices to communicate over short distances. Bluetooth enable GPS Purchasing a GPS unit with Bluetooth can be a way of gaining [...]
GPS Tek attended the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas from 8 to 11 January 2013 and found the latest and greatest GPS products. In the coming weeks we’ll be posting review articles on some of the leading technologies. LiveView GPS Tracking Devices The LiveView GPS booth had 3 outstanding products: LiveTrac G5 – hardwired, [...]
Magellan’s partnership with AAA (American Automobile Association) allows Magellan to offer AAA Tourbook information and Roadside Assistance access to customers purchasing GPS navigation devices with the AAA Tourbook included.
Speech recognition in GPS is still very much a high end feature for car GPS navigation devices however, worth considering as it does provide the ability to safely select a destination or modify a route while on the move. The flexibility of being able to issue voice commands and get verbal confirmation and navigation instructions [...]
Testing one of the new touch screen Sony Readers for a review it occurred that the new and very responsive optical touch screen would make and excellent touch screen technology for GPS navigation devices. The Sony Reader product line for 2010 uses Neonode’s optical touch screen technology that has been customized for Sony. Neonode calls [...]
Two sensitivity values can be specified for GPS receivers – acquisition sensitivity and signal tracking sensitivity. Acquisition sensitivity is the lowest power level at which a receiver is able to achieve a position fix which requires a lock on four GPS satellites to achieve.
When GPS III is fully operational, improvements over the present satellite fleet will include three new signals designed for civilian use: L2C, L5, and L1C. For backwards compatibility for existing GPS devices the legacy civil signal (L1) will still be broadcast. GPS III satellite services which will provide more powerful signal strength and improved accuracy, reliability, integrity, and availability.
Garmin’s nuLink! is a wireless data connectivity platform for delivery of various real time information services for its GPS navigation products. The service utilizes AT&T’s 3G network for wireless connectivity just as the latest Amazon Kindles do. Unlike an FM receiver which is used by other nuvi to receive traffic data, the built-in wireless module is capable of transmitting data (your location and search queries) as well as receiving it. Using the wireless connectivity capability Garmin has packaged numerous location based and other services as nuLink!
Improvements which can be achieved by having a GPS receiver with an on-board atomic clock include; less satellites required for an accurate position determination, accelerated GPS satellite re-acquisition, improved vertical accuracy and improved jamming resistance.
TMC/FM Traffic for GPS Navigators is an extra paid service which delivers to suitably equipped GPS navigators information about traffic conditions including heavy traffic, delays, accidents, road works, black spots and speed cameras. Who provides this service? In the U.S. Traffic Message Channel (TMC/FM), MSN Direct and XM NavTraffic are three prominent traffic service providers. Service [...]
CSRs eGPS hybrid positioning technology combines the best of integrated GPS and cellular measurements in order to expand the range of environments where accurate positioning is possible. The hybrid nature of the positioning technology also improves responsiveness and power consumption. Importantly eGPS does not depend on the upgrading of any existing infrastructure. Comparative demonstrations run [...]
Microvision’s PicoHUD HUD for GPS with laser powered projection is significantly smaller and brighter and has higher contrast than other HUD technologies available at the moment. The PicoHUD is a demonstration unit to showcase the capabilities of the PicoP display engine for potential use in HUD for automobiles, trucks and busses. Microvisions PicoHUD HUD for Automotive [...]
Head up display (HUD) technology is set to be the next significant technology to be integrated into GPS automotive navigators. Pioneer and Microvision are working towards having a automotive HUD product on the market in 2013.