Death Valley sounds like a terrifying place. So if you're driving there on vacation, you'll count on your GPS to get you the fuck out. Except that, thanks to its reliance on outdated maps, your GPS wants you to fry.
Nokia and its mapping division Navteq are developing a rival to Street View, one that offers full three-dimensional computer models of villages, towns and cities, and could one day allow those urban centers to form the backdrop to realistic games.
Google's Street View team famously photographs all kinds of weird stuff as they drive the world, but Navteq, who basically invented this stuff, just built a mount with seven cameras and 64 lasers to see everything better, in 3D.
Four days a year and 21% less CO2 emissions. That's what a GPS with real-time traffic information will give to you, and the entire planet. At least, that's what maps maker Navteq says. As you can expect, there's a catch.
Lowrance isn't big in the automotive GPS business, but if you're a boater, you know them. Yesterday they launched the Endura Sierra, Safari and Outback: Sturdy, touchscreen handhelds that take outdoor maps of all kinds.
The Gadget: One of Garmin's flagship Nuvis, the 880 responds to commands from your voice, triggered by a little remote control you attach to your steering wheel.
Garmin has decided not to pursue purchasing Tele Atlas, and instead signed a six-year deal with Navteq, agreeing to help Navteq improve its data. For those of you playing along at home: TomTom will likely get Tele Atlas, and Nokia's takeover of Navteq won't affect Garmin's long-term relationship. [Garmin]
Garmin says it will outbid TomTom for ownership of map provider Tele Atlas. Ironically, Garmin has always used data from Navteq, which is now being purchased by Nokia. Soooo Days of Our Lives. [Garmin]
When Panasonic introduced its Strada in-dash GPS system, I was like, "Where's the portable, dudes?" Well, it's here. The $500 Strada CN-GP50U will have the usual premium features such as Navteq maps of US, Canada, PR and Mexico, an SD slot and Bluetooth for hands-free calling, but it will also have Voice Command for…
Nokia is buying Navteq, the world's biggest digital map maker, for $8.1 billion. Nokia wants to be a leader in location-based services, and buying Navteq gives it the best access to the best database. GPS-maker TomTom is in the process of buying Tele Atlas, Navteq's only major worldwide competitor. [NYT]
Acer announced today another product in its hook-up with Ferrari: a pocket PC with GPS that includes the latest Navteq maps, and a feature called Powerful Trip Planning, that even shows you Ferrari Points of Interest, like Ferrari dealers and museums. Full specs below.