McMurdo Selects u-blox GPS Solution for Emergency Personal Location Beacon

Emergency location-beacon provider McMurdo (Portsmouth, England) has chosen u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland) as its supplier of embedded GPS receivers for its newest Fast Find personal location beacon.

Appello and deCarta powers LG Electronics’s GT505 new full-touch handset with mobile navigation

Appello Systems and deCarta today announced that they will power the new LG GT505 handset with the Wisepilot mobile navigation solution. This will allow owners of the LG phone to have state-of-the-art navigation directly on their GPS-enabled mobile phone. The LG GT505 will be available in Europe from June 2009.

Control in-car tech with a glance of your eye, Plus a foot-operated arm and broken eggshell speakers

Toshiba’s system works via a camera mounted above the steering wheel, which tracks your pupils and facial orientation

The Dawning Age of Social Navigation

Within five years, your cell phone will replace your Garmin, TomTom or whatever personal navigation device is currently sitting in your car, according to a Forrester report published today. Forrester supports this conclusion by arguing that more young people are using their cell phones for navigation and that because the phone is web-connected rather than offering static data, it provides a greater benefit. I’m not sure I would toss out the old Garmin just yet, however.

TomTom starts selling NAVIGATOR 7 online, latest smartphone navigation now available on microSD card

TomTom today announces it will offer TomTom NAVIGATOR 7, its navigation software solution for selected smartphones, via its web shop – The microSD card will be sold and shipped with the map of Western Europe, covering 22 countries for € 99,95.

Russian GPS, Glonass, to be tested on Ladas

Russia’s largest car manufacturer, AvtoVAZ, is aiming to produce 15,000 Lada Priora cars equipped with the GLONASS navigation system, Russia’s rival to the US’s GPS, by the end of this year.

Intrinsyc Destinator Integrates Blom 3D PhotoNav® Technology

Intrinsyc Software International announced a broad-based partnership with the Blom Group, a leading international provider in the collection and processing of geographic information. Intrinsyc’s line-up of Destinator software products for turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation now includes a version that tightly integrates the Blom 3D PhotoNav® oblique digital aerial images with Destinator’s routing engine, Point of Interest search functions, and landmarks and street names covering more than 1,000 cities in Europe.

GPS satellites not ‘falling out of the sky’: Air Force

The US Air Force has shot down fears that the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) is going to crash.
A possible disruption in GPS service, relied upon by the US military as well as millions of drivers around the world as a navigation device, was raised in a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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The market for speech applications in mobile computing expected to triple by 2014

As individuals around the world become more accustomed to using mobile computing devices in hands-busy, eyes-busy environments, the market for speech recognition technologies within these devices is expected to gain considerable traction within the next five years. In a new report, “The Proliferation of Innovative Speech Applications in Mobile Computing”, independent market analyst Datamonitor predicts the global market for advanced speech recognition (ASR) in mobile handsets will increase from $32.7 million in 2009 to $99.6 million in 2014. That for ASR in in-vehicle telematics is expected to grow at a similar rate, from $64.3 million in 2009 to 208.2 million by 2014.

Nokia is inviting ideas for services and content in a specific category: “Apps on Maps”

As one of the first steps to opening Ovi Maps towards developers, Nokia is inviting ideas for services and content on Maps through the Calling All Innovators contest in a specific category: “Apps on Maps”. The finalists will have a chance to work closely with Nokia to develop their ideas into applications and be part of shaping the developer tools. In addition to winning cash prizes, the finalists will also have a chance to see their apps distributed via the Ovi Store.