Five OEM Navigation Systems that Are Worth Your Bucks
May 18, 2012

While just about any navigation system on the market will get you where you're going, not all of them are created equally. This is especially true in the world of OEM in-car navigation systems where screen size, interface design, feature sets, and (most importantly) price vary wildly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some automakers offer cutting edge GPS navigators with innovative features that you'll wonder how you ever got along without. Others will make you wish you'd skipped the pricey navigation package and just packed a smartphone.

Garmin Sells 100 Millionth Device, Sees Q1 2012 Revenues Grow 10%
May 2, 2012

Smartphones and their readily-accessible GPS connections have made the traditional GPS market a tenuous place to be - but Garmin's not going down without a fight. The company announced today that it has reached 100 million products sold over the course of the company's 23 years. Along with that milestone, the company announced its Q1 2012 financial results, highlighted by $557 million in revenue; this represents a 10 percent increase year-over-year All of Garmin's business segments and geographic locations contributed to this growth - most notably, fitness segment revenue increased 26 percent

Petra Plans Car Audio Expo
April 16, 2012

Petra Industries said Monday that it will hold its 10th Annual Car Audio eXpo April 22, at its headquarters in Edmund, Okla.

The event, titled 'The Ultimate Mobile A/V Experience', will feature such exhibitors as Power Acoustik, Pioneer, Clarion, Garmin, Magellan,Scosche, SiriusXM, Whistler and more.

Garmin Enters In-Car OEM Business
April 2, 2012

Garmin has announced its entry into the in-car "infotainment" business. The company, based known for navigation products, will provide a factory-installed product for 2013 Suzuki vehicles.

PND Vendors Shifting Strategies to Compete with Mobile Apps
March 14, 2012

Shifts in the product offerings by Personal Navigation Device (PND) vendors can be seen as a bid to prevail in a market that is expected to decline by over 40% by 2016, says ABI Research.

According to the research company, PNDs are facing increasing pressures from mobile applications. "Most smartphones now come embedded with free navigation applications such as Google Maps," says Lim Shiyang, ABI research (New York) associate. "Although free, these navigation applications have started to match the performance of PNDs on a number of levels."

One other advantage of smartphone applications

A GPS Maker Shifts Gears
March 8, 2012

Remember KITT, the loquacious in-car computer on the television show Knight Rider? David Hasselhoff's digital friend has nothing on a new generation of dashboard "command centers," which combine smartphone docking stations with navigation systems once dominated by standalone GPS (global positioning system) products. In response to this competition, Garmin, the biggest maker of personal navigation devices, is, well, changing gears. The company, based in Olathe, Kans., is partnering aggressively with automakers to embed GPS systems in dashboards instead of relying on device sales, which have declined sharply as consumers

Garmin Adds Street View, Active Lane Assist to Navigon Apps
February 28, 2012

Shortly after adding social networking, Wikipedia and check-in features to its iOS Streetpilot onDemand app, today Garmin announced the addition of Google Street View in the Navigon app for iOS, and an Active Lane Assistant feature in the Android version. In addition, the company announced that it will soon make the Navigon app available for Samsung's Bada OS for the Samsung Wave 3, and also for Cisco's Cius business tablet.

The Google Street View addition will allow iOS users to see a street-level image of destinations or specific buildings and points

Garmin Finds a New Direction
February 24, 2012

In the pantheon of seemingly obsolete technologies, automobile navigation devices might seem ready to join laser discs and pagers. The auto gadgets that tell you how to get from A to B are being pushed out as cars increasingly have in-dash navigation systems and people use smart phone apps such as Google Maps. Garmin is trying to counter the trend by reinventing itself and moving beyond gadgets that sit on your dashboard. Now, more than a third of the company's revenue comes from GPS products that have nothing to do with cars.

The ‘Aftermarket
 Strikes Back'
February 1, 2012

Vendors add octane to new lineup.

A Bluetooth hands-free system with a 3.2'' color screen, Parrot Asteroid CK installs on the vehicle's dashboard and comes with a wireless remote control. Connected to the Internet via a 3G key or a tethering phone connected by Bluetooth or USB, the unit accesses Internet services for geo-location, driving assistance

2012 Digital Experience
January 13, 2012

Coinciding with CES 2012, Digital Experience highlighted a variety of featured-packed innovations at its rodeo-themed event in Las Vegas.