CES showed optimism for many Navigation / LBS Companies

The 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was down in attendance last year—some estimate as much as 40 percent. However, a new feeling of optimism, and several product rollouts, made this year’s edition seem livelier—even in a down economy. Ford, once again, is touting new features for its Sync telematics system and other companies are following along.

Portable Navigation of Becker and Falk under one roof.

With effect from January 11th, 2010 Becker and Falk are bringing together their PND brands. The umbrella company with the new name UNITED NAVIGATION GmbH obtains the global license for the two traditional brands. UNITED NAVIGATION combines more than 60 years of individual expert knowledge of Becker and Falk and will focus on further developing the two strong brands through new innovations in the area of portable navigation.

Elevator pitch on Galileo Application Days 2010

This high-profile conference offers any company active in the navigation/location/mobile industry to have the opportunity of keeping a professional elevator pitch during the Galileo Application Days 2010.

Berg Insight says 88 percent of PNDs sold in 2015 will have integrated cellular connectivity

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, global shipments of Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs) will peak at about 50 million units per year in 2012 and slightly decline thereafter. Growing shipments in emerging markets are not likely to fully compensate for the decline in Europe and North America, where higher adoption of handset-based navigation services will become the primary navigation solution for occasional users.

Will mobile navigation spell doom for PNDs? By Sarah Reedy for Telephony Online

When Google released its Google Maps Navigation application for Android, featuring turn-by-turn directions, live traffic updates and voice control, the stocks of portable navigation device–makers and GPS competitors took a sizable hit.

Tele Atlas Maps, Location Content Power Cobra 7700 PRO GPS Navigation and Routing Tool for Professional Truck Drivers

Detailed, accurate maps of US and Canada help drivers optimize routes and get to destinations efficiently and economically

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Android Moving Into Mio MiBuddy Navigation De

Mio Technology will launch a new version of its MiBuddy 4.7-inch touchscreen Internet and navigation device next year running Google’s Android mobile software, a company representative said Tuesday.

Personal Navigation Devices Battle GPS-Enabled Handset Challenge

The personal navigation device (PND) market is showing signs of maturity as price points decline sharply, consolidation occurs, and shipment growth slows, reports In-Stat. In addition, the increasing competition from GPS-enabled mobile phones represents the most significant threat the PND market will face. Nevertheless, stand-alone PND sales will continue to grow over the next five years, albeit at an anemic rate.

EGNOS ‘Open Service’ available: a new era for European navigation begins today

During a press conference today, Mr Antonio Tajani, European Commission Vice-President for Transport Policy, announced the official start of operations for EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service. The EGNOS ‘Open Service’ is now available.

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Intrinsyc Announces Shipment of GPS-E Soleus® Transit Device

Intrinsyc Software International today announced that Hong Kong-based GPS Technologies Company, Ltd. (GPS-E) began shipping a connected PND (cPND) running on the Soleus® Transit software platform. In November 2008, GPS-E licensed Soleus Transit, a turnkey software platform optimized for the development of connected personal navigation devices. Soleus Transit allows device makers to add compelling features that enable innovative and differentiated devices while significantly reducing development time and costs.