Sat Nav News

Fancy a bite to eat? Get on your sat nav!

March 5th, 2012

With new technology being tested in Japan, users of sat nav devices could soon be able to order meals via their sat navs when they fancy a bite to eat.

These days, many people use their sat nav devices to get around the find their way around in places that they are unfamiliar with. There are many different sat navs to choose from, with both small and large models, high tech and basic models, and ones that come with a range of celebrity voices to keep you entertained whilst you are on the road.

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Insurance premiums could fall with monitoring sat nav

February 20th, 2012

It has been revealed that satellite navigation giant TomTom  has signed up with Motaquote insurers to bring a new monitoring sat nav to market, which could help drivers to cut car insurance costs.

As most drivers are only too well aware, the cost of insurance cover has soared over recent years, making it more and more difficult for drivers to run and maintain their vehicles. The cost of cover has become crippling for some drivers, particularly younger drivers with less experience on the road. However, there could be some good news for those who are prepared to take steps to reduce their car insurance cover.

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Local Transport Minister calls sat nav summit

January 16th, 2012

It has been announced that the Local Transport Minister, Norman Baker, has called a sat nav summit to try and iron out issues relating to out of date or incorrect directions on these devices.

Many of us have heard about or even been involved in incidents involving sat navs providing outdated information and incorrect directions. At best, this can be frustrating and annoying – at worst it can be dangerous and could lead to accidents and injury.

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Drivers like sat navs that make their journey more fun

December 2nd, 2011

Many sat nav devices can be really dull and dreary in terms of the content and voiceover. However, more and more drivers are now enjoying the light hearted aid of comedy sat navs to liven their journey up.

Having a sat nav is something that has become essential to many drivers these days in order to help them to get around and speed up their journey from A to B. However, many drivers who end up with a standard sat nav find that the content and the voiceover that is used it extremely dull and makes their journey all the more miserable, albeit that it shows them the way.

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Conflict of interests mean Clarkson sat nav deal is scrapped

November 7th, 2011

It has been revealed that a deal between sat nav manufacturing giant Tom Tom and the BBC has been scrapped due to conflict of interests arising over one of its big stars voicing a sat nav.

There are many sat nav systems that use the voices of stars to tell us which direction to take, bringing a novelty factor to these satellite navigation systems and making them a little more appealing compared to some of the sat navs that use the standard, sometimes droning, voices that are more likely to send us to sleep than to send us in the right direction.

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Rising number of people suffering from ’sat nav rage’

October 7th, 2011

A recent report compiled from a survey of British drivers has shown that a rising number of people are now experiencing what has become known as ’sat nav rage’.

Most people these days have heard of road rage and may even be someone that regularly experiences road rage. However, there is now a new form of ‘rage’ for drivers to experience whilst they are on the road – ’sat nav rage’ which seems to come with the territory for those that have the popular dashboard devices.
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Garmin unveils range of new Nuvi sat nav devices

September 15th, 2011

Satellite navigation giant Garmin has recently announced a range of new products in its Nuvi sat nav range, which are expected to hit the shelves at the start of next year.

Sat nav products have become more high tech and more affordable over recent years, with a number of satellite navigation specialist firms bringing out a great choice and range of products that are designed to meet the needs of different types of users and consumers, from those looking for basic sat nav devices to those that want something that is more advanced.
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Despite Breakthrough Gadgets, Sat Navs Will Hold Strong

September 9th, 2011

123Despite Breakthrough Gadgets, Sat Navs Will Hold Strong

As smartphone and tablet technology is pushed to the limit, mobile manufacturers would like the world to think that these devices can carry out any job imaginable. A smartphone can capture video one moment and act as a GPS the next. What this really results in is lower-quality videos and somewhat unpredictable directions as most mobile technology relies on spotty signals in high mobility situations. For manufacturers of dedicated sat navs, this means that their uni-tasking devices still have a place in the market.

Performance Unparalleled
One of the key features that can make smartphones and tablets unreliable as directional GPS units is their lack of dedicated maps. These mobile devices rely on a 3G or 4G connection while on the move to continually update maps and directions. Unfortunately, download speeds in high mobility situations are unpredictable at best.

Sat nav units have been pre-installed with global maps that can be quickly downloaded and updated via a hard line connection to a computer or a wireless connection with a satellite. For many drivers, this is enough reason to push for a Sat Nav device to complement their smartphone or tablet. Luckily for these customers, companies such as TomTom have decided they are going to stay true to their portable navigation devices (PNDs) and at the same time take a page from social media to make their products more appealing.
Getting Connected

Sometimes, travelers are looking for just a little something more than directions. They are looking to remain connected with friends, find the best places to go in town, and book their reservations ahead of time. This is why TomTom and other manufacturers have begun working with titans such as Yelp, Expedia, and Google to make their GPS units a PND and so much more. At the end of 2011 and beginning of 2012, owners of these devices will be able to search out their favorite restaurants by customer rating and then request an early check-in at their hotel a moment later.

TomTom has also worked alongside Twitter to offer a handful of new features with their next generation of navigational units. Drivers will be able to update others on their location and estimated time of arrival without constant phone calls or text messages. While even the management of TomTom is predicting as much as a 20% drop in sales over the next year, it seems that sat navs will hold strong with a few of these tricks up their sleeves.

Guest author David Novak of new gadgets website TheGadgetGuyColumn shares his insight on the future of Sat Nav.

Note: Photo courtesy of mikebabcock via FlickR Creative Commons.

More Deals and Options for Sat Nav Buyers

September 6th, 2011

tomtomUsers of satellite navigation now have more options than ever before thanks to some rather interesting market trends. The line dividing personal navigation devices (PNDs) and smartphones is becoming blurrier every day. That’s because the popularity of mobile devices such as iPhones/iPads and Androids have prompted many sat nav providers to offer applications compatible with such devices.

TomTom recently announced that they have released their own app for Apple’s iPad, adding to their existing app for the iPhone. The release comes on the heels of falling sales of physical PNDs and the rising sales of smartphone devices.

This is not necessarily bad for businesses like TomTom or even consumers for that matter. The change is opening doors for the company that may not have been seen even a few years ago, and consumers can reap the benefits. New PNDs will be “connected” through cellular networks to services like Yelp, Expedia, Trip Advisor, and Twitter. Yes, we said Twitter. The new devices can be setup to announce travel plans, future destinations, and even travel times. TomTom is calling the new features “apps” in keeping with smartphone lingo, and apps like Yelp can help consumers find user reviews for potential destinations in more highly categorized areas (bars, nightclubs, etc).

These new releases and upgrades come with an added benefit: falling prices. As PND carriers shift slowly to wireless internet for their future endeavors, current devices will reap the benefits of smartphone focus in a sat nav device, all while sales slowly decline and companies look to make personal navigation devices more attractive.

Finding deals on satellite navigation devices is going to be easier to do as more and more users adopt smartphones as part of their daily lives. With features on the rise and prices on the decline, now may be the best time for consumers looking for money-saving options in sat nav.

Guest author Ross Fraser from money saving website Peazyshop offers his insight into sat nav deals for consumers.

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TomTom to get valuable data from Highways Agency for consumers

August 12th, 2011

Satellite navigation system giant TomTom is to be fed important traffic updates direct from the Highways Agency, which will keep road users better informed.

It has been reported that the satellite navigation giant TomTom is to be fed information from the Highways Agency which will then allow consumers to get access to valuable road traffic information when they are on the road. The up to date information will come from all major roads and motorways across England and will keep road users far better informed whilst they are out and about.
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