Wikitude Drive – A GPS With Live Streaming Images

Tired of Garmin, TomTom and other GPS navigation systems? Want something special?

Then you should perhaps consider Wikitude Drive.

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TomTom OpenLR – Open Source & Royalty Free

OpenLR coopertive systems

TomTom is inviting the Intelligent Transport Systems (i.e Traffic information services, Map Content Exchange and Cooperative Systems) to participate in its OpenLR technology without having to pay any royalty.

OpenLR enables reliable data exchange and cross-referencing using digital maps of different vendors and versions.

The Universal Location Referencing technology will greatly support key actions of the ITS Action Plan of the European Commission.

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SPOT Unveils SPOT Assist, the World’s First Satellite-Based Roadside GPS Safety Service


The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger is a small, rugged and hand-held GPS unit that can access a world-wide satellite network system to keep you connected virtually anywhere you roam.

SPOT Assist’s roadside service will offer 24 hour assistance 7 days a week in the Continental United States and Canada later this spring.

By simply activating SPOT Assist with the “Help” button on the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, users can instantly alert a national roadside response center of their GPS location.

Backed by a leading provider of national roadside assistance, SPOT Assist services include roadside towing, auto-accident assistance, fuel services, tire repair, battery service, lost key and lockout.

Unlike conventional services, such as OnStar, that relay positioning through cellular networks, SPOT Assist combines a GPS receiver with satellite communications technologies to deliver location-based messaging independent of cellular coverage.

The SPOT Assist roadside service is expected to be available in other countries later in 2009.

“Our customers have been using SPOT primarily off-road and outside of cellular range to check-in with loved ones or to get help in a real emergency resulting in increased safety and security for outdoor enthusiasts,” said Tom Colby, COO of Globalstar and President of SPOT LLC.

“SPOT Assist is an innovative extension of the SPOT product portfolio, and represents one more in a growing list of ways in which SPOT is continuing to deliver services that help to ensure the personal safety and security of our customers around the world at a very modest cost.”

Now with SPOT Assist roadside service, SPOT customers can benefit from a complete GPS safety system which includes four functions that transmit messages based on varying levels of need:

• Help notifies the SPOT Assist roadside response center or others of your GPS location
• Check In lets contacts know where you are and that you are okay
• Track Progress sends and saves your location and allows contacts to track your progress using Google Maps™
• Alert 9-1-1 notifies an emergency rescue coordination center of your GPS location

Since its introduction in December 2007, the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger has helped initiate close to 100 rescues, many which resulted in lives saved, and has transmitted more than 5 million “peace-of-mind” and “track me” messages world-wide.

Pricing and Availability
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger retails for $169.99. Customers will be able to purchase SPOT Assist for $129.99 per year.

Source:  SPOT

CarTel Analyzed Traffic Using WiFi

The MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are using vehicles to monitor traffic by sending information from an onboard computer, the size of a cell phone, to a web server using WiFi networks passed during the trip.

CarTel understands where traffic delays are and recommends routes to avoid them.

CarTel is also linked to a vehicle’s onboard diagnostics system, so a driver can be alerted to potential problems.

This project if successful will enable drivers to get real time traffic and help them cut their commuting time significantly.


TomTom XL 330 Review

We have published a review of the TomTom XL 330, which is a basic GPS navigation device that is well-built, comes with preloaded maps of the USA and Canada, has a wide 4.3″ screen and a nice display.

TomTom XL 330

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