Archive for the ‘Navigation’ Category

Russia: AvtoVAZ to start fitting navigation systems with GLONASS receivers?

June 13, 2009

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AvtoVAZ  may begin to equip their cars with GLONASS navigation systems from this year. A project is underway, whose first phase will include equipping GLONASS systems on 10-15 thousand cars on the assembly line in 2009.  The first phase of the project is estimated to cost several tens of millions of dollars.

Not surprisingly, the project is looking for government support, because such a “forced” installation of GLONASS will create a consumer market for domestic navigation system – a task that has not yet been solved by any other means of public incentives.

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TeleNav benefits as Palm Pre sales soar

June 12, 2009

Launched last week-end in the United States in exclusivity on the Sprint network, sales of the new Palm Pre seems to have started successfully. Wireless analysts have mentioned 50,000 to 100,000 units sold within the first week-end.

This is not only good news for a struggling Palm, but also for TeleNav. Indeed, the Californian company is the provider of Sprint Navigation, the turn by turn navigation solution which is not only pre-installed but also bundled for free with all Sprint plans offered for the Pre.

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Apple buying stake in TomTom – unlikely?

June 12, 2009

Apple has about $20 billion in cash, that Investors seem to think it will spend on TomTom. In terms of strategic advantage, it’s not clear what buying TomTom would bring to the table for Apple.

TomTom may certainly be interested in moving into the mobile-phone space but there is no obvious reason to believe Apple would want to make a move into the navigation space. If anything, the technology sector’s view of navigation has been severely chastened after the wild sums of money spent by TomTom and Nokia on buying digital map companies; demand has not grown enough to justify the premiums paid.

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Pedestrian navigation continues to march towards mainstream adoption

June 11, 2009

NAVTEQ has confirmed its industry-leading pedestrian navigation product, NAVTEQ Discover Cities, now powers several on-foot commercially available devices and applications throughout the world.

Offering up to 53 pedestrian-specific attributes, NAVTEQ Discover Cities enables an advanced pedestrian navigation experience while leading the industry in quality and coverage. NAVTEQ Discover Cities has extensive data that helps navigation devices and applications provide a variety of routing options to users – including those entirely on foot, or with portions on public transit systems.

For instance, when a pedestrian consumer wants the option to use public transit, NAVTEQ Discover Cities enables routes that take into consideration the location of bus and rail stations/ stops and their entrances/exits in relation to the pedestrian route as well as the train/bus network information, including transfer locations.

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Japan: Mazda Axela (Mazda 3) to get HDD navigation

June 11, 2009

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Mazda has released specifications of the new Mazda Axela (sold as Mazda 3 outside Japan). A 40-gigabyte HDD navigation system with a seven-inch display is available for all model grades as a factory-installed set option.

Read article and see photos here.

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