Skipping CDs, navigation CDs do you even need CDs at all these days? We'll let you know all about it, but first I'm about to totally nerd out about all-wheel drive systems. This is the 14th episode of CNET Roadside Assistance for Thursday, the 26th of May 2011 and I am Antuan Goodwin alongside Senior Editor Wayne Cunningham. This is the show where the car tech guys take a moment to answer your emails and highlight your comments.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 014 cartech.cnet.… Read more
My theory about GPS navigation systems goes like this: the bigger the screen, the easier it is to read, and the less time you have to spend focusing your eyes on it instead of the road. Again, it's just a theory.
Big-screen models used to cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars (and many still do), but TigerDirect has the Magellan RoadMate RM1700 7-inch GPS for $99.99, plus $3 for shipping. That's after applying coupon code EQB31039 at checkout. (Note: I first spotted this deal yesterday, so I'm not sure how long the code will be live.)… Read more
Glympse is a brilliantly conceived mobile application that lets you share your real-time location via SMS, email, Twitter, or Facebook. It's a useful, easy-to-use tool that doesn't require you to sign up, create any profiles, or invite contacts.
Imagine asking a friend to meet you at a new restaurant in your neighborhood. With Glympse, you wouldn't text her the address; you'd merely send her a Glympse of your current location, and with a tap on her screen, she'd navigate her way there. Or if you're not yet at the restaurant, you might send her … Read more
Navigation company TomTom is offering up its real-time traffic products to "industry partners" around the U.S., the company announced today.
TomTom's real-time traffic offering is made up of three services. Enterprise Traffic pinpoints the exact location of delays, helping routing software modify expected arrival times. TomTom's HD Flow shows a real-time display of traffic speeds around the user's respective area. Finally, the company's Route Times gives better estimates on delays and total travel time. The services are currently being used in products in 13 countries outside the U.S., including Austria, France, and … Read more
It's been a while since we've taken a look at the largest of Magellan's GPS devices, the 7-inch monster RoadMate 1700, but today we have news of its successor: the extra-large RoadMate 9055-LM GPS navigator.
On its surface, the 9055-LM is similar enough to the 1700; both units have 7-inch WVGA widescreen displays. However, the LM suffix in 9055-LM denotes Magellan's decision to provide the newer unit with free lifetime updates of its maps and points of interest for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Lifetime traffic alerts on the RDS-TMC system are also included … Read more
Today we're talking about car navigation. Of course, when navigation units first came out, they were seen by users as magical. But how quickly we've become accustomed to having a device in the car that can tell us how to get where we're going. Now people want to know how to get there faster than everyone else--and that means getting traffic data into our navigation systems. We're going to talk about the state of the art in car navigation, and how traffic data is becoming a bigger part of it. In particular, we're going to dive into the interesting conceptual battle between sensor-based traffic reporting and crowd-sourced traffic.
We have two great guests today. Di-Ann Eisnor runs U.S. operations and is working on the "live mapping" function for Israeli crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic start-up Waze. Di-Ann is a neogeography pioneer and serial entrepreneur. Prior to Waze, she started Platial, the world's first social atlas.
Craig Chapman is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Inrix, a major provider of traffic information, directions and driver services. He was previously development manager for the automotive business unit at Microsoft.
Some of our discussion points… Read more
Today on the Reporters' Roundtable podcast, I'm hosting two innovators in the car navigation space to talk about the future of their industry. Inrix CTO Craig Chapman and Waze VP of Platform Di-Ann Eisnor will join me to discuss topics such as sensor-based vs. phone-based traffic data and the potential for crowd-sourced mapping.
We're also going to be talking about vehicle-to-vehicle communication, the gamification of traffic reporting, and what I consider the holy grail of automotive navigation: helping drivers find parking places (see Tiny start-up tackles parking).
If you have a question for my guests, or an issue … Read more
You know what's great? Portable GPS navigation systems. Best thing since sliced bread. You know what's not so great? Having to pay extra for map updates and real-time traffic data. Worst thing since moldy bread.
So this is particularly awesome: BuyDig has the TomTom XL 340TM 4.3-inch GPS for $89.25 shipped. (That's after applying coupon code SLICK25OFFTTTM on the lower left-hand side of the checkout screen.)
Update: Not only is this sold out, but the entire product page has been taken down! Well, all the more reason to get here earlier in the day, as … Read more
There are dozens of products and apps that can route you from one place to another by car. Many of these apps will even take real-time traffic into account and adapt directions to avoid congestion. What none of them can do is tell you where you're most likely to actually find a parking place once you're at your destination. That's what Parking In Motion is for.
This mobile app, in its early stages now, is mostly a directory of parking lots and garages. Like GasBag, a database of gas stations and the prices they charge, Parking In Motion shows you how much you're going to pay for parking at various lots. Users can update the data if it's inaccurate. Great feature: the app has arrows to show where garage entrances are.
Ultimately, the app will do much more, according to co-founder Sam Friedman. First of all, it will show which lots or garages are full. This information can't come from users--it'd be too late to be useful. Parking In Motion is instead working with garage operators to collect this data on a broader scale. But first it might have to help operators actually get that data themselves.
Tighter integration with parking structure operators will eventually allow drivers to reserve spots and to pre-pay for them--possibly with a discount. This is where Parking In Motion will make its money, taking a percentage of those transactions.
The app will also, eventually, offer advice on street parking. It won't be able to direct you to a specific spot, unfortunately. Even though many cities are installing smart parking meters, the data collection is too slow to direct drivers to open spaces. Rather, Parking In Motion will collect data from users and meters and tell them which streets or areas are most likely to have open spots, and how long it will likely take to find them.
Down the line even further, Friedman has this vision: "Five years from now, you'll be able to get in your car, find parking on the street, and pay for it from within your car. And then if you're in a meeting and it's running over, you'll be able to re-up your meter from the conference table."
The company's flagship cities are Philadelphia and Santa Monica, Calif., where it has reservations and street parking data coming online. But it has garage data in about 300 cities, and the iPhone app is free and available in the App Store today.
It's a relationship business Building the consumer-facing services are almost trivial for this company. The real challenge is getting good data. To get information from parking lots and garages, Parking In Motion will need to establish relationships with owners--and possibly help them upgrade their IT so they can report open spot numbers in real time. To get street parking information, Parking In Motion will have to either get the parking meter companies (there are a half-dozen of them) to provide data after winning approval from cities, or it will have to file Freedom Of Information requests to get the public-owned data. And it will have to do this hundreds of times. … Read more
I apologize in advance if this deal sells out before your Cheapskate e-mail arrives, but, hey, that's why I've routinely advised people to visit the site in the a.m. rather than waiting on the e-mail.
Anyway. Best Buy is offering the current-generation 8GB iPod Touch and an Insignia NAV01 4.3-inch GPS for $204.99, plus sales tax and $6 for shipping. That's about $25 less than you'd normally pay for the iPod alone. Both items are new, not refurbished.
Ay caramba! That's one seriously sweet bundle--which is why I suspect it will sell … Read more