Garmin-Asus, the tech company alliance that to me sounds more like an airborne disease, has announced two new additions to its nüvifone range of mobile phones.
If you remember, the company announced its first mobile phone about this time last year, and its newly announced G60 offers very much the same functionality as that handset -- namely 3.5G (HSDPA), 3.55-inch touchscreen display, location-based everything (email, SMS, photo sharing, social networking, going-to-the-toileting -- nah, not really), built-in accelerometer for exciting screen reorientation, lots of sat-nav stuff (as you'd expect from Garmin) and advanced web browser.
TomTom has announced that its latest satellite navigation system, the Go Live x40, is the first to contain a petrol price-tracking tool.
In the current economic climate (are you fed up with hearing that yet?), an automated tool which helps motorists to find the cheapest petrol is arguably more useful than having access to all the historic landmarks in Dorset (great though that is).
In fact, TomTom has calculated that each driver using the system could save an average of £162 every year (based on the user driving an average of 12,000 miles per year, 7.4 miles/ litre, at a saving of 10p per litre, in case you were wondering)...
Want a satnav, but haven't taken the plunge yet? Well, now's a great time, because Tom Tom has just announced TomTom ONE and XL Assist. These packages come with 12 months of free breakdown assistance in the UK or Western Europe, depending on how much you fancy paying...
We discovered yesterday that people using in-car satellite navigation systems can't be trusted to not to gawp at their mapping device when they should be looking at the road. Fortunately, one company has found a way that might reduce the level of distraction presented by these chittering GPS systems - to squirrel them away inside the rear view mirror.
A recent survey has revealed that satellite navigation systems have 'caused' up to 300,000 accidents on Britain's roads. More than 1.5 million people also claimed that they have performed sudden manoeuvres, changes in direction and blithely driven the wrong way down a one-way street at the bequest of their dashboard menace.
Garmin has introduced its "Rugged Navigation" nüvi 500 Series of Portable Navigation Devices, equally at home directing you whether you're walking, cycling, scootering, driving, or boating, thanks to NavTeq's mapping data and the ability to accept different types of mapping including TOPO for outdoor navigation and Blue Chart cartography for marine usage.
The nüvi 500 Series devices are fully waterproof, can be easily fitted to a scooter or bicycle, and are made from UVA/UVB and fuel resistant materials. It features a 3.5-inch colour touchscreen, and removable, rechargeable battery...
Satellite navigation devices are great, except when they accidentally land you on railway lines, but they can still wind you up in a serious traffic jam if you're not careful.
Although many models can work with information fed in from cameras and sensors to help drivers avoid traffic congestion, a new system in development allows drivers to feedback to the system in real time...
Medion's love affair with Aldi continues with the announcement that it will launch its budget E3212 satellite navigation system in store next week.
Retailing for just £119.99, the E3212 still boasts a 3.5-inch colour TFT touch screen, with 2D/3D display, and packs in RDS TMC traffic updates at no extra cost. Mapping includes complete data for the UK and Ireland, plus major routes throughout Europe.