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Why Isn't Satnav As Simple As Google Maps? Drivers Prefer Phones For Getting Around
Why Isn't Satnav As Simple As Google Maps? Drivers Prefer Phones For Getting Around

If your job requires you to spend time slouched in front of a computer, chances are good that you use several software programs to accomplish your daily duties. And naturally, you find some of those programs easier to use than others. That's similar to the way that many drivers feel about...Read More»

BMW Pathfinder "micronavigation" system prototype
Sat Nav Is Distracting, Even When You're Not Looking At It

Mapping technology is hugely important nowadays. (Well, except Apple Maps, which is hugely hilarious.) But a new study implies that mapping devices can actually inhibit drivers' ability to see what's right in front of them -- and not for the reasons you think. According to The Telegraph, the study...Read More»

J.D. Power's 2011 U.S. Navigation Usage and Satisfaction Study
Hate Your Navigation System? J.D. Power Says You're Not Alone

Over the summer, we saw Ford take a tumble in customer satisfaction rankings -- not because of mechanical problems in its vehicles, but because of its MyFord Touch and SYNC systems, which many consumers found difficult to use. A new study from J.D. Power indicates that Ford isn't alone and that...Read More»

Angry teen driver
Survey Says: Younger Drivers Prone To Get Lost, Frustrated

Today's drivers have access to a multitude of tech tools that make travel easier: in-car GPS, telematics services, smartphone apps, and so on. But a new survey suggests that those tools aren't helping younger drivers keep their cool on the road. The study comes from marketing firm Galaxy Research...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Study: Most Drivers Are Distracted 25% - 50% Of The Time

By now, everyone agrees that distracted driving is a serious problem. What everyone might not agree on, however, is what constitutes "distracted driving" in the first place -- or the degree to which it's causing accidents on U.S. roads. A new study aims to address some of those discrepancies, and...Read More»

TomTom 1.6 for iPhone
TomTom Adds Crowdsourced Maps -- But Is It Too Little, Too Late?

July 11, 2008 is a date that will live in infamy for many manufacturers. That's the day that Apple launched its acclaimed App Store, and with it, a slew of mobile applications chock-full of productivity, entertainment, and social networking features. Since then, the market for apps has exploded...Read More»

General Motors' OnStar
GM Wants To Give OnStar Subscribers A Break -- On Insurance

General Motors' OnStar service has been popular with consumers, but it's facing stiff competition from other providers that offer many of the same services -- often, for free. How can GM stay competitive? By scoring insurance rate reductions for OnStar subscribers. GM has been working to secure...Read More»

Homer Simpson on TomTom
TomTom Posts Major Profit Loss: Is The End Near?

Earlier today, TomTom posted a major drop in profit for the third quarter of 2010. How major? About 37%. That may not be the deathknell for the Dutch telematics company, but TomTom clearly needs to revamp its strategy if it wants to avoid the corporate coffin down the line. Part of TomTom's problem...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Equator
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»

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»

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»

Waze.com website
Video: Waze App For Mobile Phones Crowdsources Your Commute

How should you get to work today? Let us count the ways -- via the Waze app for iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, and (now in beta) Blackberry. Waze is one in an increasingly crowded field of traffic applications for mobile devices. The service gives drivers advice on which routes are congested...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»

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»

TomTom's interactive Star Wars game
On TomTom: 'Luke, I Am Your Father! Now, Take The Third Left.'

Tuesday was Star Wars Day, and we spent it the same way every other fanatic did: by ordering a couple of pizzas, cracking open a case of Mountain Dew, and polishing our Yoda figurines while watching Robot Chicken's obsessive, amazing Star Wars parody. We also downloaded Star Wars voices to our...Read More»

Google Maps for the iPhone
Google Maps Turn-By-Turn Navigation Coming (Finally) To The iPhone

At long last, Google is set to roll out turn-by-turn navigation for the iPhone. Given that the service has been available on Android handsets for some time, we have to wonder: why the wait? It's probably because of Google's push to ensure that Android becomes the dominant smartphone OS -- though...Read More»

Traffic
IBM Is Working To Make Your Drive Faster & More Personalized

Traffic congestion isn't just annoying, it's wasteful. Every year, American drivers fritter away nearly a week of their lives and 26 gallons of gas while stuck on crowded roads. All told, that's enough fuel to fill 58 supertankers. Thankfully, IBM's industrious team of scientists are working on a...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»

Ford Sync wi-fi hotspot
Eyes On The Road: New Tech Developments Diminish Distractions For Drivers

Here at TCC, we spend a lot of time reading and writing about roadway safety. In recent years, we've provided extensive coverage of distracted driving issues -- especially texting behind the wheel and more recently, in-car internet. Both are serious concerns (phone-related distractions caused 6,000...Read More»

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