VOXX Electronics announced that the updated CarLink wireless service is available for purchase. The new services feature the latest vehicle safety standards alongside Remote Start and Savings services with the plug-and-play OBD II device.
In a report today about Apple firing Maps manager Richard Williamson over the poor launch of its Maps app, it was also noted that it was looking for ways to improve its point-of-interest data. Specifically, it is looking to 'outside mapping experts' and mapping company TomTom NV to help it refine that data.
Apple's POI data in Maps is one of the major complaints that users have had with the service. The data was provided largely by Apple partner Yelp, and has displayed many inaccuracies that have led to improper directions being given
Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Sony and Qualcomm have formed the In-Location Alliance, which will work to improve the accuracy of indoor positioning, the companies said on Thursday.
Indoor positioning is the next frontier of mobile services. Finding out where you are in a mall or a sports arena using a smartphone is difficult today because GPS coverage usually isn't available. Besides improving navigation accuracy in those kinds locations, the In-Location Alliance will also prioritize low power consumption and making the technology both easy to implement and use, according to a joint statement.
As more consumers around the world upgrade to smartphones, the
adoption of indoor positioning systems will soon provide users
granular navigation data more effectively than GPS.
As announced by Broadcom recently, the company has released a new chip designed for smartphones that may advance the adoption of indoor positioning technology more rapidly. The new chip can use data that's being recorded by a smartphone's accelerometer, gyroscope, compass or altimeter and incorporate that information into indoor positioning applications. Assuming the smartphone registers a starting point through GPS, the chip would be able to record
Indoor location positioning looks poised to be the next hot mobile
service with its ability to enable smarter mobile offers and more
accurate local searches. Google has an early lead but an analysis
of patent filings points to a number of technology companies
fighting for supremacy in this emerging space.
It has always been difficult to accurately track a person's location indoors. Since GPS is a satellite-based system, devices require a "line of sight" to satellites to operate. GPS generally does not function indoors and is particularly weak in large, enclosed spaces like malls,
Garmin Ltd raised its forecast for the year as it starts to gain from its move to add high-margin services to its staple personal navigation devices (PNDs), which have seen a freefall in sales over the past few years.Shares of the No. 1 U.S. navigation device maker rose as much as 9 percent in morning trade to $37.20, their highest in a year-and-a-half. They have fallen about 70 percent since their heydays in 2007, when they traded above $125.
Garmin and its European peer TomTom, known for their personal navigation devices
TomTom, the Dutch navigation equipment and digital map maker, is switching focus away from the cash-bleeding personal navigation devices that made it a household name to its auto and mapping services to restore growth and profits.
"We have started a restructuring program which will focus our organization on the areas where we see the greatest potential for growth, of which Automotive and Content & Services are clear examples," said Chief Executive Harold Goddijn.
Best known for its personal navigation devices (PNDs) used by car and truck drivers, TomTom also sells real-time traffic services
TomTom will expand its offerings to include a satnav application for Apple's iPad, hoping to balance the fast shrinking of its key personal navigation device (PND) market.
TomTom's Thursday launch, at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, follows smaller rival Navigon, bought by Garmin last month, which already sells a navigation service for iPad.
The iPad, which was launched early last year, still has the tablet-computer market almost to itself. Apple has sold close to 30 million iPads, whose prices start at about $500.
The Federal Communications Commission and other regulators are prepared to stop wireless broadband startup LightSquared from operating if its network poses any risk to GPS services, the government agencies stated Tuesday during their monthly meeting, reports Reuters.
LightSquared’s business model relies on supplying outside companies with wholesale access to its high-speed wireless network, which operates on a portion of the wireless spectrum that causes interference to GPS. That interference prevents the estimated 500 million GPS-enabled devices and services — like airplane tracking