Feeds

Satnav technology becomes self-aware

Recognises your favourite roads, driving style, etc

The next step in data security

Satnavs are smart gadgets but they can’t drive on your behalf. So software firm Journey Dynamics has designed the next best thing: a GPS box that apparently learns your motoring habits and then selects the best route for your various journeys.

The firm claimed that its MyDrive application analyses “tens of thousands of different characteristics” in order to determine how a specific driver drives, including which roads they often frequent and in which conditions.

This information is then fed through to your satnav, which uses it to calculate the best route home according to your driving preferences.

For example, if there's a stretch of road that you tend to use no matter what, that road would be given more weight in route-planning than any others.

Unfortunately, the technology isn’t smart enough to search out roads strewn with takeaways just because it knows you often fancy a kebab while heading home.

Register Hardware’s not convinced that MyDrive’s inherently unique, as some satnav’s are already smart enough to seek out roads with less traffic on. But if the application makes your journey home fast and pleasant, then so much the better.

Journey Dynamics told us that MyDrive will eventually come pre-installed on GPS units, but the firm’s yet to disclose which satnav manufacturers have taken the technology on board. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away
Supermassive black hole dominates titchy star formation
Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize
Is there ANYTHING cured pork can't do?
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight
Our US allies to probe potential Vulture 2 servo freeze
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
Stray positrons caught on ISS hint at DARK MATTER source
Landlubber scope-gazers squint to horizons and see anti-electron count surge
Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS
Pixhawk avionics juice issue sorted, onwards to Spaceport America
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.