According to a recent J.D. Powers & Associates survey - new car buyers have a lot of hate for their factory navigation systems. Owners report an average of 3.5 problems with the built-in navigation systems that came with their cars. The worst offenders are those in-dash systems that attempt combine features like navigation, audio and climate control into a single device. But the silver lining seems to be the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) systems by Garmin found in new Chrysler models that sit consistently at the top of the satisfaction survey.
This week Garmin added a new custom voice pack to their expanding collection of voices that consumers can download to customize their navigation experience. Now the consumer can get turn-by-turn directions from Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie.
Don't look now, but Garmin has gotten up off the mat, delivered a better-than-expected quarter and has diversified its way out of what looked like a smartphone-powered train wreck. A year ago, the storyline behind Garmin went like this: Couple those moving parts with Garmin's unfortunate move into smartphones with the now defunct Nuviphone and it you didn't have to be a brain surgeon to figure out the GPS company was in trouble. But a funny thing happened on the way to the GPS cemetery. Garmin started growing its fitness line
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
Toyota's European Touch Life infotainment system is the first platform to allow true smartphone replication on the in-dash display.
The new system takes advantage of the Car Connectivity Consortium's MirrorLink (formerly Nokia Terminal Mode), which lets drivers and passengers access all of their smartphone apps from a car's in-dash touch screen. However, there are some limitations. True smartphone mirroring is only available on Nokia phones equipped with the Symbian Belle operating system. The Nokia Car Mode app lets drivers access the device's telephony, voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, and audio entertainment
The Cobra Tag helps keep track of lost keys with a smartphone app (and vice versa).
For me, nothing is more annoying than not being able to find my keys when I'm rushing out the door. Nothing. I suppose that I could just put my keys in the same place every time I return home, but why would I do that when I could just solve my problems with technology? Enter the Cobra Tag. What is it? This Bluetooth-enabled key fob promises to help scatterbrains like me keep track of their keys and Android or BlackBerry
Garmin announced this week its new Nuvi PND lineup for 2012, featuring the company's Guidance 2.0 and 3.0 navigation engines.