GPS

Suzuki Recalls Equator, Grand Vitara, SX4 For Fire Hazard From Garmin Satnav
Suzuki Recalls Equator, Grand Vitara, SX4 For Fire Hazard From Garmin Satnav

A couple of weeks ago, we told you that Garmin had recalled over 1.3 million GPS units due to a problem with the devices' batteries. When mated to Garmin circuit boards, those cells have a tendency to overheat, causing a fire hazard. Now that recall has bled over to Suzuki, which is recalling three...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
Today at High Gear Media: Hackers in Cars, Kia Optima, and Leaf

We've driven the 2011 Kia Optima enough for a very Quick Drive. First Drive? We'll save that for a future date. [MotorAuthority] Could your WiFi-connected car be vulnerable to hackers? And could you hire them to hotwire the Coke Zero machine? Just a thought. [TheCarConnection] Smart's Fortwo is...Read More»

Garminfone from T-Mobile
Garmin Recalls 1.3 Million GPS Units, Pushes Further Into Smartphone Market

If you're a Garmin fan, the company has good news and bad news. On the bad front, the company has recalled 1.3 million of its popular GPS units because they constitute a potential fire hazard. Technically, the devices themselves aren't at fault, just the batteries from an unnamed third-party...Read More»

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Misled By A Map? Fix It Yourself With OpenStreetMap

Updated (see below) There are three constants here on Planet Earth: death, taxes, and missing street signs. We can't do much about the first two -- yet -- but now there's a tool to help with item number three, and it comes from Microsoft: OpenStreetMap. OpenStreetMap is a new service available...Read More»

Speck Toughskin for TomTom
Need A Mechanic Now? TomTom And Localeze Team Up To Offer More Options

One of the biggest guns in satnav has just inked a deal with one of the largest repositories of local listings to make your life behind the wheel a little bit easier. TomTom and Localeze announced the arrangement yesterday, and the combined service is expected to launch in 2011. By now, everyone...Read More»

CoPilot Live USA
Frugal Shopper: Want To Save Thousands? Skip The Nav System

If you're trying to pinch pennies with your next vehicle purchase and not sure about the extra cost of a factory-option in-car nav system, don't get it. Especially if you don’t intend to splurge and get a completely loaded vehicle, skipping a nav system makes sense. Cross off the requirement that...Read More»

Google Maps Navigation app for Android 2.0 phones
Yes, You Can Still Sue To Make Money Off Your Sheer Stupidity

Ah, America: land of the free, home of the brave, and one of the few places you can sue someone over the results of an act that might be viewed anywhere else as sheer, utter stupidity. Take, for instance, one Lauren Rosenberg of Park City, Utah. Fortune reports that she used Google Maps on her...Read More»

Turn-by-turn navigation for the Bing iPhone app
One Bing To Guide Them: Microsoft Brings Turn-By-Turn To (Some) Handhelds

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that Google's turn-by-turn navigation service -- currently available on Android headsets only -- is heading to the iPhone. That spells bad news for Garmin, TomTom, and other third-party GPS manufacturers, and unfortunately, there's more where that came from...Read More»

Alpine Blackbird Portable Navigation System
Walmart, Starbucks Most Popular Nav-System Destinations

When in unfamiliar areas, drivers like finding pizza, Starbucks, and Walmart, and drivers in sprawling Phoenix are much more likely than those elsewhere to go out of their way for cheap gas. Those are among the many interesting findings from the navigation-services company TeleNav. Beginning in...Read More»

Homer Simpson on TomTom
TomTom Has Been Watching You Speed, And Now It's Telling All

You already know that many drivers use GPS devices, and that many of those devices are made by TomTom. What you may not have known is the degree to which TomTom has been tracking and recording data about your traveling habits -- specifically, the time it takes you to get from Point A to Point B...Read More»

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Cautionary Tale: GPS Strands Couple In Oregon

Here are a couple of words to the wise men (and wise women): be prepared for your holiday travels. For flyers, that means bring books to pass the time and wear slip-on shoes. For road-trippers it means bundle up, carry snacks, and don't always trust your GPS navigation system. A Nevada couple...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz's Mbrace for the iPhone
Mercedez-Benz's 'Mbrace' Puts Luxury In Your Lap

The intersection between technology and daily life became slightly more seamless yesterday with the launch of Mercedes-Benz's new "mbrace" telematics system. It features a lot of the bells and whistles we've come to expect from such gadgetry, like roadside assistance, real-time traffic, and the...Read More»

Truck Crunch 3 by Flickr user Kim Scarborough
Downside of GPS Navigation Systems: Trucks Hitting Bridges

Navigation systems using GPS seem to be behind a whole host of bad behavior. They lead BMW drivers to the brink of cliffs, and now they're causing truck drivers in New York State to drive into bridges. The engineering magazine IEEE Spectrum reports that GPS devices are directing truckers...Read More»

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Car Thefts Down Again—To A 20-Year Low

We have some good news. Even last year's start of the recession wasn't enough to reverse the downward trend in auto theft. The number of registered vehicles in the U.S. has doubled over the past 20 years, yet the overall vehicle theft rate has fallen—12.7 percent just from 2007 to 2008. According...Read More»

FollowMe portable navigation unit from Toyota and TomTom
Toyota Launches Portable GPS

This opening line from Toyota's latest press release may be the emptiest sentence we'll read all day: "Toyota Genuine's all-new FollowMe navigation unit is a stylish in-dash navigation and audio solution, which enables simultaneous and seamless operation of navigation, communication and...Read More»

Emergency workers in Tormoden, West Yorkshire, rescue a BMW 5-Series. Photo: Ross Parry / Daily Mail
BMW Driver Alert: Your GPS Does Not Substitute For Common Sense

It's not that we don't love BMWs; we do. It's just that their drivers are so easy to make fun of sometimes. Take one Robert Jones, a British driver whose trust in his TomTom satellite navigation system led him to follow its directions down an increasingly narrow, rutted and precarious path in...Read More»

One of the voice actors behind Mercedes' LINGUATRONICS system
Faces To Match The Voices Of Mercedes' LINGUATRONIC System

GPS and other in-car control systems have matured to the point that we've really begun to care about their sound. The clunky, robot voices from early generation models don't amaze us anymore; drivers want to hear someone friendly leading us through traffic jams and construction zones. To put a face...Read More»

Navigon 2150 Max traffic-enabled satnav
Traffic-Enabled Satnav May Save Drivers Four Days Per Year

A satnav study released last week reached some interesting conclusions: U.S. drivers who use GPS systems with traffic-enabled navigation save the equivalent of four days on the roadways each year. Moreover, as a result of driving smarter and shorter, those folks reduce their CO2 output by 21%...Read More»

Google Maps traffic - New York area
Google Maps Your Commute, Takes To The Side Streets

Google this week took one more step toward data domination—this one bolstering its Google Maps traffic data—and it could eventually have far-reaching consequences for the availability and price of traffic information for navigation systems. Step up to a navigation system on a new car, and it's...Read More»

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