The nearest hotel is just a tap away, TomTom and Accor bring the freshest hotel locations to drivers

TomTom and Accor, the Europe’s leading hotel group have joined forces to make sure drivers can easily find a place to rest.

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Duke University Use Photo-Acoustic “Fingerprints” to Locate smartphones indoors

Your smart phone may soon be able to know not only that you’re at the mall, but whether you’re in the jewelry store or the shoe store.

Duke University computer engineers have made use of standard cell phone features – accelerometers, cameras and microphones – to turn the unique properties of a particular space into a distinct fingerprint. While standard global positioning systems (GPS) are only accurate to 10 meters (32 feet) and do not work indoors, the new application is designed to work indoors and can be as precise as telling if a user is on one side of an interior wall or another.

Pioneer Announces Free Apple App for In-Dash Navigation Systems

Pioneer Electronics USA releases its first iPhone application created for use with Pioneer’s new AVIC-U310BT and AVIC-Z110BT in-dash navigation systems. Pioneer’s AVIC FEEDS App establishes a link between the Apple and Pioneer products, letting iPhone owners find points of interest or search for destinations ahead of time on their phone and easily access them via Bluetooth from their Pioneer navigation systems. This eliminates the need to jot down or manually enter address information into the Pioneer unit and allows drivers to receive convenient turn-by-turn voice guidance while still being able to use their iPhone for other purposes.

Nanomatic Announces nanonavi-VC™ Application, available in Apple App Store

Nanomatic, a global company that makes mobile social applications and location aware devices, announced the availability of its nanonavi®-VC and for Virtual-Care™”application in the Apple App Store. The new nanonavi-VC app for iPhone and iPod touch allows users to combine and display all the relevant profile information of friends and family from every major social network and then map their locations.

Loopt: Now Available for the Sprint Instinct Family of Devices, Connects Mobile Users Through the Loopt Location Platform Solution

Loopt® announced that its service has launched to consumers on the Sprint Instinct family of devices, leveraging the Loopt Location Platform. Loopt allows individuals to discover the world around them via their mobile phone. With Loopt, individuals can see who’s around, what to do, and where to go.

Sense Networks Secures Series B Funding for Location Analytics, Led by Intel Capital

Sense Networks, Inc., provider of the world’s only real-time location analytics platform, today announced its Series B financing round led by Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization.

NXP and IBM launch first practical test of road user charging in the Netherlands

IBM and NXP have announced the start of a pilot that helps the Dutch government addressing the challenge of traffic congestion in the Netherlands. By giving the green light for the first practical test of road user charging in the Netherlands, the two companies demonstrate that the technique that makes road user charging feasible is ready for practical application in passenger cars.

Tele Atlas HD Traffic Delivers New Standard in Real Time Traffic to Navigation and Location-Based Industries

Innovative Solution First To Combine Multiple Sources to Give Detailed, Live Traffic Information, Helping Drivers Save Time and Money, Reduce Environmental Impact

SiRFatlasIV Multifunction Location System Processor Delivers Premium Location and Multimedia Power for Budget-Conscious Consumers

Targeting an emerging class of location-centric devices for budget-conscious consumers, SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc., introduced the SiRFatlasIV® multifunction location system processor, a versatile solution for creating high-volume, navigation and location-aware products. With its high performance location engine and twice the memory bandwidth of current entry-level systems, the SiRFatlasIV platform – available now in production quantities – is designed to minimize bill of materials (BOM) and overall system cost while giving manufacturers the premium location and multimedia performance they need to create innovative, value-priced consumer products.

TechnoCom Launches SpotOn GPS™, First U.S. Navigation and Search Application with Fully-Integrated Mobile Marketing & Advertising

TechnoCom Corporation™ announces SpotOn GPS™, a mobile advertising and marketing content delivery platform that provides comprehensive turn-by-turn navigation, search and mapping. SpotOn GPS leverages advertising with the utility of navigation, one of the most popular mobile applications.