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Today In Tech: The Aha Mobile App For iPhone
Today In Tech: The Aha Mobile App For iPhone

First, the good news: technologically speaking, the Aha Mobile traffic app is at the front of the pack. It pairs the iPhone's built-in geolocation capabilities with data from INRIX, Yelp, SitOrSquat, and PhotoEnforced, making Aha your one-stop-shop for data on traffic, food, bathrooms, and speed...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»

The INRIX TRAFFIC! app
Mobile Apps: INRIX TRAFFIC! For iPhone And Android Users

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but there are loads of other things you can get for nothing -- including thousands of applications for mobile phones. Notable among them is the INRIX TRAFFIC! app, which has been available on the iPhone for some time, and recently launched on the...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»

2010 Subaru Outback
2010 Subaru Outback Fan Questions Features Rating, We Explain

Never let it be said that users don't read our reviews with an eagle eye. Reader Keith Siegel shot us a note this morning, asking the following question: I was surprised to see a score of "8" for Features in your 2010 Subaru Outback review. The only negative was the failure to offer memory seats...Read More»

Panasonic's HD in-dash satnav
Panasonic Launches Pricey Blu-ray Player, In-Dash HD Satnav

Tech fans and early adopters, take note: Panasonic is prepping for the Japanese release of its new in-dash high-def navigation system and an in-car Blu-ray player. The latter is pretty standard, although its ¥99,750 ($1080) price tag isn't. However, that's nothing compared to the satnav, which not...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»

Toyota Prius navigation screen
Men and Women Even Use Navigation Systems Differently Too

It will come as no surprise to anyone who's taken a road trip with a member of the opposite sex that men and women navigate differently. Now a new study shows that they even use in-car navigation systems differently. The differences start before purchase. Both men and women are equally aware of...Read More»

TomTom iPhone App and Car Kit
TomTom Finally Unveils $99 iPhone GPS App

TomTom has finally taken the wraps off its long-awaited iPhone GPS navigation app, and it's priced to start at $99. That's almost as much as a standalone GPS unit. The iPhone app pricing also doesn't include the optional car kit that holds the phone, charges it, provides hands-free calling and...Read More»

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