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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

Car-display manufacturer Navdy has refuted claims that its new device is dangerous, saying there are plenty of precedents for the technology. Navdy connects a mobile phone to a small projector and provides a “pilot's eye” heads-up display, using a transparent screen. This avoids the issues of multiple images which you get if …
Simon Rockman, 16 Aug 2014
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Russia successfully launches Glonass-M

Russia has successfully launched another Glonass-M navigation satellite into orbit today. Russian space boffins kept themselves busy while waiting for tonight's attempt to contact lost Martian probe Phobos-Grunt by sending the Glonass-M up on a Soyuz booster from the Plesetsk space centre, state news agency RIA Novosti …
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LightSquared offers low-power olive branch to GPS

LightSquared, the firm which so upset GPS users with their 4G-at-satellite-frequencies plan, has offered to reduce the interference by dialling back the transmission power and clear an exclusive band for precision GPS. The wannabe network operator has already offered to shuffle away from the Global Positioning System, …
Bill Ray, 12 Sep 2011

Brian Blessed lends his tongue to TomTom

Brian Blessed will become the new sound of satnav this October after a Facebook group of 25,000 showed support. With no current TomTom voices similar to the actor's famous boom, Mancunian motorist Richard Gardner started the unwieldily-named Facebook group, Campaign to get Brian Blessed to do a voice-over for my sat nav, …
Caleb Cox, 5 Aug 2010
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Satnav leaves family stranded in Outback for three days

We bring you today's GPS navigation mishap hilarity news from Australia, where a family of four were trapped in their car for three days after ignoring road signs. The family were travelling across Australia from Brisbane to Perth followed the instructions of their GPS and entered the Darling River Road in New South Wales's …
Drew Cullen, 2 Aug 2010
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TomTom slashes LIVE subs

TomTom is offering new TomTom LIVE sign-ups free services for a year - and is halving annual subscription costs to £47.50. Existing subscribers for the traffic information service automatically get the new price and will stay on the new rates if they renew, TomTom says. New customers get the year’s free subscription when they …
Drew Cullen, 16 Jun 2010
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Satnav pensioner smashes into 1953 Rolls

An 85 year-old who blindly obeyed his satnav and performed a U-turn on a motorway slip road in Bavaria, crashed into a prized Rolls Royce. The owner of the 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn - one of only two in the world - promptly had a heart attack. Josef Rossfeld, 57, has recovered - but his car is a write-off, the German paper …
Hard Reg, 14 Jun 2010
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Underground mole-satnavs to work off lightning strikes

News has emerged of a secret US military programme intended to let troops navigate about inside huge underground enemy tunnel complexes by measuring energy pulses given off by lightning bolts. The project is known as "Sferics-Based Underground Geolocation", or S-BUG, and is focused on building "a mapping and navigation system …
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2010
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Killer Satnavs amok in 'Utah Polyhedron' phenomenon

Here at Vulture Central we are connoisseurs of the hilarious near-death satnav blunder, which is to news as deep-fried jetwash poultry giblo-nuggets are to nutrition - disgusting, unsatisfying, the bane of society and yet snorked up in moments even by those who should know better. Today the wires bring us what may very well be …
Lewis Page, 6 Aug 2008

Sony drives back into sat navs

Sony has found its way back into the sat nav market and unveiled two GPS devices which it claims offer an extra position finder over established GPS technology. The NV-U73T and NV-U83T both feature Position Plus which, Sony claims, uses pressure sensors, gyro sensors and acceleration sensors to help calibrate the driver’s …

Pioneer presents first ever 'hybrid' navigation system

CES Pioneer this morning presented what it claimed is the first ever "hybrid" navigation system, a GPS box designed to work with almost any mobile media source, including iPods and Bluetooth-equipped mobile phones. Through a combination of USB and Bluetooth for connectivity, SD memory cards and any audio input, the AVIC-F500BT can …
Scott Snowden, 6 Jan 2008

Mio intros 'true' 3D GPS

When every sat nav unit on the planet does what every other sat nav on the planet does, how do you differentiate your own offering? If you're Mio, you up the eye-candy count, adding 3D landmarks and topography to your maps. Mio C620 Mio's C620: piazza express The first of Mio's GPS gadgets to offer the feature, part of its …
Tony Smith, 18 Dec 2007

Via Michelin X970T satnav

Review Navigate with your Michelin sat nav as you wear out your Michelin tyres visiting destinations that you've read about in the Michelin restaurant guides. Will the new budget X970T put this brand on the sat nav map? Most sat navs provide a list of points of interest (POIs) that will find you a petrol station easily enough, but …
Leo Waldock, 6 Dec 2007

TomTom shakes hands with Google

TomTom has announced plans to incorporate Google Maps into its sat nav hardware. The idea is to let users plan, say, a long trip to visit the mother-in-law on their PC using Google Maps, building in stops for points of interest or petrol stations along the way. No video? You'll need to download Flash Player from www.adobe. …

Mio re-routes its sat nav range

You can tell it’s nearly Christmas when a company that’s been relatively quiet since the summer suddenly launches a wave of products in one go. Unfortunately, Mio’s only updating and, in one case, downgrading the features of existing models. Mio_C520t Mio's C520t The C520b and C520tb both incorporate SiRF's SiRFStar III GPS …
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2007

Mio launches cheap-as-chips sat nav

Mio has launched an entry-level sat nav which it claims is ideal for first-time users or as a 'backup’ to your main device. Mio_C230_sat_nav Mio C230: a 3.5in display and basic functionality The company has based the C230 on a 400MHz processor and it also includes the obligatory SiRF SiRFStar III GPS chipset. The C230 has a …
James Sherwood, 26 Nov 2007

Nokia 6110 Navigator GPS phone

Review Nokia has decided satellite navigation is where it’s at. The Finnish phone giant released its first GPS-enabled mobiles this year, and is promising a whole heap more for 2008. And its multi-billion dollar purchase of map supplier Navteq leaves no doubt how seriously Nokia is taking sat nav. The pertinently-monikered 6110 …
Phil Lattimore, 20 Nov 2007
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Nokia pays $8bn for Navteq

Nokia has jumped into the personal-navigation business with the acquisition of Navteq, for €5.7bn ($8.1bn). Chicago-based Navteq has about 3,000 employees based at 168 offices in 30 countries. The company will operate independently, providing existing customers with mapping information and continuing to run Nokia …
Bill Ray, 1 Oct 2007

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