Garmin agrees to buy Navigon

Garmin, which manufactures navigation, communication and information devices and applications, wants to grow its automotive business (Photo: Garmin)

Garmin said it aims to expand its automotive business by acquiring navigation specialist Navigon. The Swiss maker of in-vehicle infotainment, navigation and telematics systems, said the two companies’ product portfolios complement each other, which will help grow sales to the global auto industry. “With Navigon, we are also acquiring one of the top-selling navigation applications […]

TomTom introduces new business tools

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TomTom today announced two new features aimed at increasing safety and efficiency for businesses. The Amsterdam-based provider of navigation systems and services said it is launching Active Driver Feedback and WEBFLEET OptiDrive. Active Driver Feedback promotes safe driving by providing drivers immediate feedback on their driving performance via their TomTom PRO navigation devices, the company […]

Honda Europe launches new navigation system

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Honda Europe has launched a compact navigation system that can provide an alternative to more expensive embedded products. The new “Compact Navigation 2.0″ has a range of functions, including turn-by-turn directions, advanced routing options, and integrated Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free phone use. Honda says its specially designed attachement bracket doesn’t require a suction cup […]

BMW to offer improved traffic information

BMW will offer drivers improved traffic information later this year, when it rolls out its new Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI) system. The German premium carmaker said the system, which will use traffic data from a broad range of sources, will be available this autumn as an option that can be added to the BMW ConnectedDrive […]

INRIX powers Audi’s connected navigation

INRIX said it is providing the traffic information services that will bring improved navigation to Audi’s new A6. The US-based company said its INRIX XD Traffic software debuts in the A6, which will feature the German premium carmaker’s new MMI navigation system. The system will allow drivers to get real-time traffic information that INRIX receives […]

Daily Mail: Cambridge scientist develops emotionally savvy sat-nav

A Cambridge professor has built a prototype of an in-car satellite navigation system that can detect a driver’s mood and respond to it. If developed further, the system could help avoid overloading a confused driver with information, for example by turning down the volume on the car radio or avoiding repetitive instructions. According to a […]

NAVTEQ’s Traffic Patterns now available in Brazil

NAVTEQ said its Traffic Patterns routing software, which helps commuters circumvent congestion, is now available in Brazil. The mapping and location data specialist, which is owned by Finnish mobile phone company Nokia, said launch coverage for the Brazil edition of Traffic Patterns includes nearly 11,000 kilometers of roads in six of the country’s largest cities: […]

Frost & Sullivan sees strong navigation growth in 4 Asian countries

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Frost & Sullivan predicts strong growth for car navigation systems in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. In a research report that looks at the prospects for car-navigation systems in these four Asian countries, the researchers put the spotlight on high-potential markets that are often overshadowed by the bigger growth markets China and India. Frost & […]

Bosch navigation app features 3d “artMap”

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Robert Bosch’s new navigation app for the Apple iPhone features a special “artMap” that presents major orientation points in an easily recognizable 3D format. The app, which is initially available for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, provides lifelong map updates. All maps are preinstalled and the software can be used without […]

Strategic routing: BMW takes on the urban-congestion challenge

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BMW and the city of Duesseldorf are trying to reduce traffic congestion through the use of intelligent navigation systems and different traffic management. The German premium-car maker is fully aware that the use of in-car navigation systems can actually increase traffic congestion in major metropolitan areas. That is because drivers, using navigation to avoid a […]