Garmin, TomTom and Navman will soon have satnav competition from an unexpected quarter: Goodyear. Yep, the car tyre people. They’ve signed a licensing deal with a firm called The NCC to launch eight rugged GPS devices at CES next week.
Features include Bluetooth and a remote control, letting you manage incoming mobile calls via the satnav device, rather than fiddling with your phone. Some models will also tie into MSN Direct, for live traffic updates, local petrol prices, weather reports and cinema listings.
Also expect a long list of features, including 4.3-inch touchscreens, stereo speakers, text-to-speech navigation, MP3 and video playback, inputs to plug in your MP3 player, TV tuner or DVD player, 2GB of internal storage and SD card slots. And they’ll be properly rubbery, as you’d expect from a Goodyear gadget.