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SiRF’s SiRFDiRect GPS Navigation Technology Accuracy Breakthrough

SiRF has introduced its new SiRFDiRect(TM) technology , which delivers to portable navigation devices the navigation accuracy and coverage which has previously only been available with expensive in-dash car GPS navigation systems. SiRF Star III chipset The SiRFDiRect technology integrates the award-winning SiRFstarIII(R) architecture with low-cost, small footprint heading and acceleration sensors which provide dead reckoning data for greater navigational accuracy in weak GPS signal conditions. Significantly, SiRFDiRect technology allows […]

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Ask Mobile GPS Location Based Service Launched

Ask Mobile GPS, a location based service, has been launched by InterActiveCorp providing Google Maps for Mobile with some competition. Ask Mobile GPS is a subscription based service which combines GPS navigation with a friend locator (ala TomTom’s Buddies), Evite (invitation) and Citysearch (local search). InterActiveCorp has plans to add other brands from its corporate stable to the application including; Match.com (dating), RealEstate.com (home listing) and Ticketmaster (box office service). […]

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GPS Receiver in a Mobile Phone SIM Card by BlueSky Positioning

A novel approach to GPS/mobile integration by BlueSky Positioning Ltd (UK) is likely to herald a far more rapid GPS enablement of the mobile handset market. BlueSky Positioning’s product, A-GPS SIM, is a Assisted-GPS module for SIM cards. When incorporated into a GSM or 3G phone it forms a complete network assisted GPS receiver. As described in GPSTek’s A-GPS Technology Guide, A-GPS uses the assistance of a data server in […]

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Free Dash Express Automotive GPS for on-road Testers

Some 2,000 fortunate testers recruited by Dash Navigation will receive a free Automotive GPS for the duration of six months of road testing being carried out by the company. Testers will have the opportunity to provide feedback which will influence the design of Dash Navigation’s GPS device. The company recently completed a successful six-month field trial in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dash Express GPS Automotive Navigation System Dash Navigation’s […]

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Trimble Launches Premium GPS Content Layer for Google Earth

On April 12 Trimble launched a Google Earth featured content layer of GPS-based adventure details. Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings. Trimble Outdoors has populated its Google Earth layer with premium fitness and off-road GPS navigation information, such as GPS tracks and waypoints, trailhead directions, trail descriptions, photos, video clips and audio. Layer information also incorporates interactive GPS-on-cellular applications from […]

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Pioneer’s Image Recognition Car Navigation System

At the recent Feel the Next Stage CEATEC Japan exhibition 2007 Pioneer introduced their prototype Image Recognition Car Navigation System. The prototype integrates a GPS navigation system with a camera and advanced image recognition software that analyzes the view of the road ahead. The intention of the prototype is to develop a system which provides superior, intelligent navigation advice, warnings and even alternate scenic route suggestions. The prototype system shows […]

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ACLYS GPS Receiver Chip 70% Cost Reduction Breakthrough

The predicted ramping up of location based services depends on the proliferation of GPS enablement – particularly mobile handsets such as cell phones and PDAs. This proliferation process will receive a boost from the rollout of mobile handset platforms based on CellGuide’s new CGX5900 ultra-miniature GPS co-processor designed specifically for mass-market mobile devices. ACLYS GPS Receiver Chip Cost Breakthrough The ACLYS GPS receiver chip has a claimed 70% cost reduction […]

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SiRFtitan Multifunction Platform Navigation Processor

SiRFtitan is one of SiRF’s Multifunction Platform products, a GPS and multi-functional processor designed to push along GPS navigation’s acceptance as an embeddable technology. The multi-functional SiRFtitan processor is just what mobile device manufacturers require for design flexibility and reduction of hardware and development costs for portable navigation devices which include GPS and other converging features such as infotainment. SiRFtitan Multifunction Platform Navigation Processor It is not a case of […]

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Automotive GPS Navigator Buyers Guide

Automotive GPS satellite navigators are a truly significant technological achievement. Their small size and speed of operation may give the impression that they are preforming a simple task but, this is in no way the case. The computational effort expended in determining the best route (especially with waypoints) is considerable. To illustrate how far these devices have progressed, consider the hardware required to complete the intensely complex task of triangulating […]

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Downloading GPS Coordinates From Google Maps or Mapquest to GPS Navigator

A useful, convenient feature available with Google Maps and Mapquest allows you to download a location you’ve found (GPS coordinates and address) directly to your TomTom or Garmin GPS navigator. With TomTom home running and your TomTom navigator connected to your PC, search for and find your desired location. You then click on the send link bringing up a popup Send to web form. To finish you pick the GPS […]

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