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    Report: Ford tempers expectations of improvement in J.D. Power quality survey
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    Technology can be a fickle thing for automotive companies. Done right, tech can help sell cars. Done badly, and tech can sink a whole company's image. Ford is battling just that problem. Its Sync tech has certainly contributed to healthy sales recently, but customers started to complain with the ...

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    Official: Apple gives Google Maps the boot, adds free turn-by-turn navigation to iPhone
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    The big news in the tech world right now is the World Wide Developer's Conference which Apple just concluded. That's where the House that Jobs Built unveiled its latest operating systems for both computers and mobile devices, its latest laptop computer design and more. But what does this all have ...

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    Report: UK gov't backs GPS system designed for elderly
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    Q: What do you call a navigation system designed specifically for the elderly? A: A map. In all seriousness, GPS navigation technology designed to help the aged drive more safely could significantly reduce the number of accidents involving geriatric drivers. Old people already attempt to ...

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    Official: Google Maps regains ability to estimate your trip duration with traffic
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    Google Maps has reinstated the feature letting you know how long a trip will take in current traffic. According to Autoblog's sister site, Engadget, the previous algorithm didn't pass muster, so the updated calculations uses both historical and current traffic conditions to arrive at an estimated ...

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    Official: Garmin's first factory-installed nav units will be offered by Suzuki
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    Garmin, a company known largely for its aftermarket navigation systems, will officially debut its first factory-installed in-car infotainment system at this week's New York Auto Show. In the past, Garmin has partnered with some automakers to offer pop-up navi systems as an affordable solution to ...

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    Report: NHTSA distracted driver guidelines would render navigation systems useless
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has produced a minutely detailed document addressing and attempting to assess driver distractions. According to its numbers, "17 percent (an estimated 899,000) of all police-reported crashes reportedly involved some type of driver distraction in ...

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    Exclusive: 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 nav system uses altitude to optimize hybrid efficiency
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    Somewhat lost in the fanfare of BMW introducing a hybrid version of its best-selling 3 Series at the Detroit Auto Show was a brief mention of its new navigation technology. The 2012 ActiveHybrid 3 will be the first hybrid to use its nav system to help predict the best time to use and recharge its ...

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    Official: Surprise! J.D. Power reports consumers frustrated with navigation systems
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    For those of us testing dozens of in-car navigation and infotainment systems each year, J.D. Power's 2011 U.S. Navigation Usage and Satisfaction Study comes as no surprise. According to owners surveyed in the study, simplicity and ease-of-use are lacking in the majority of systems on the market, ...

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    Video: Bert and Ernie lend voices to TomTom, will guide you to Sesame Street
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    Sesame Street is teaming up with TomTom to provide family-friendly navigation narration courtesy of some of our favorite muppets. Bert, Ernie and one very special rubber duckie have been so kind as to lend their vocal talents to TomTom navigation devices. The trio are in good company. Darth Vader ...

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    Report: Jeremy Clarkson voicepack coming to TomTom navigation
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    Way back when, animated characters were voiced by anonymous folks with great pipes. These days, you need A-list celebs to sell pixelated fish and other playthings. The disembodied and slightly stilted voices of navigation systems appear to be going the same way, and Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson ...

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    Report: 2012 Chevrolet Cruze gets twice as good nav system for half the price
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    General Motors has announced that the automaker is reducing the price of its optional navigation system in the Chevrolet Cruze by 50 percent. Buyers who wait for the 2012 model will enjoy an upgraded system for the lowly price of $995, or around $800 more than an excellent on-dash aftermarket ...

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    Report: OnStar asks FCC to investigate LightSquared over GPS interference
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    The ongoing spat between a company known as LightSquared and a number of high-profile combatants including the Defense Department, the Federal Aviation Administration, John Deere and General Motors' OnStar service continues unabated. The Federal Communications Commission, which has to approve of ...

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    Video: Stranded Canadian couple latest victims of "Death by GPS"
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    Recently, we learned that sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvettes are out to get us, and now it seems that our beloved GPS has turned on us. Consumer Reports calls it "Death by GPS", and it's a term that refers to folks who wind up in dangerous or fatal situations because they blindly follow the ...

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    New nationwide 4G network to interfere with GPS units?
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    There's a whole world of radio frequencies and space-based signals that most of us don't care to know much about. But when it comes to our cell phones and GPS units, what we don't know may just hurt us... or at least hurt our ability to find the nearest fast food restaurant. Translogic reports a ...

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    Study: Men more likely to overrule GPS than women, still won't stop for directions
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    The voice of the navigation system tells you to turn right, but you are absolutely positive that it's a better idea to go straight for two more streets and then turn left. Do you listen to the sat-nav, or your gut? If you're a man, you're more likely to stick to your guns, at least according to a ...

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    TeleNav GPS comes to iPhone 4... for a price
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    Jealous of your Android-toting friends with their slick Google Maps Navigation service? Well, a new GPS app has arrived for the iPhone 4 and it's also free... for 30 days. TeleNav has released a new version of its GPS app for the iPhone and in addition to providing the usual navigation and POI ...

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    Emotionally sensitive satellite navigation systems in development?
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    It's one of the great ironies of our age that many of the devices that were crafted to make our lives easier are more prone to catapulting us into fits of blinding rage. Anyone who's been led astray by satellite navigation knows exactly what we're talking about. But what if your devices knew that ...

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    Exclusive: Navteq acquires Trapster
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    Earlier this week, the ink dried on a deal for Navteq to acquire Trapster, the speed trap and road hazard tracking company that makes GPS apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Navteq's interest in Trapster is obvious: One of the world's largest mapping and sat-nav software companies needs more ...

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    Navigon rolls out MobileNavigator for Android phones
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    Navigon no longer makes hardware for sale in the U.S., but if you still pine for the days of the 2090S you bought from Radio Shack then they might have some software for you. The German company has released an app for Android phones (to go with its already released app for the iPhone) with a few ...

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    Porsche offering modern nav system to replace classic radios
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    What if you could update your classic car with modern tech, without losing the style that you've come to love? Porsche now has a solution for owners of old 911s. Starting in October 2010, owners will be able to retrofit their cars with the Porsche Classic Radio Navigation System (Part # 911 645 ...

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