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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]
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]
One of the questions people often ask when they buy a GPS navigator is: Will it work if I take it on vacation in Europe? Usually, the answer is long and complicated and costly. "Yes, if you go to the retailer site, buy a disc or a download of the Euro mapset, find your GPS's USB cable, load it up, then pray you did it…
Better 3D city views and more detailed road warnings are just some of the things we can expect from the next crop of GPS systems. Tele Atlas is working on giving GPS units more info its users can use. Don't own a car? Pedestrians will also be able to take advantage of the new units, which will reveal bus/subway info…