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Applanix Introduces POS LV 120 for Improving Land Mobile Mapping Productivity

October 10, 2012By
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Applanix has introduced the POS LV 120, the latest version of its positioning and orientation systems for land vehicles. Using commercial Micro-Electro-Mechanical (MEMS) inertial measurement unit (IMU) technology, the Applanix POS LV 120 is a small, lightweight system and provides an economical solution for any continuous positioning and orientation application. POS LV 120 is a fully integrated, turnkey position and... read more

Taxi Booking App Comes to U.S.

October 10, 2012By

myTaxi, a taxi booking smartphone application, today launched in Washington, D.C., its first introduction into the U.S. marketplace. The announcement was made during a live-streaming press conference given directly in a moving taxi. myTaxi was first launched in Germany in June 2009. It connects 2.3 million users to more than 18,000 taxis worldwide. Today marked the first time consumers in... read more

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Rand McNally GPS for RVers Includes Weather, Rear-View Camera Capability

October 2, 2012By
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Rand McNally today introduced the RVND 7720, a 7-inch RV GPS device with Wi-Fi connectivity allowing for real-time weather information and display, and new hardware with rugged casing, video input, and brighter screen. The new device — shipping now to stores, online retailers, and RV dealers and distributors — joins Rand McNally’s line of RVND GPS devices for RVers. Rand... read more

Toyota, DENSO Develop Device for Real-time Vehicle Data Collection

September 15, 2012By
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Toyota Motor Corporation and DENSO Corporation are jointly developing an on-board communications network device, CAN-Gateway ECU, that can take data gathered while driving and apply it to create a virtual simulation that enables a new way to enjoy driving. The CAN-Gateway ECU captures driving data — including GPS data, accelerator pedal strokes, steering angles, brake operation signals, gear shift signals,... read more

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ABI Research: In-Car Nav Market Bottoms out at $22 Billion, New Services Key to Rebound

August 7, 2012By

​The total in-car navigation market has been in continual decline for the last three years, but ABI Research believes it has now reached its lowest ebb. While pure navigation is unlikely to reach the highs of 2008 again, the overall market is reaching a revenue plateau, creating a solid platform on which connected in-car services can bring a new generation of revenue growth, the market research firm concluded. read more

GPS at the Olympics: Twitter Disrupts GPS Data from Olympic Cyclers to Broadcasters

July 31, 2012By

  UPDATE: Title changed to clarify that GPS signals are not affected, but the transfer of the GPS data to the broadcasters.   GPS is playing a role at the 2012 Olympics in London, through apps for smartphones to transportation issues, and even a clash with social media. Twitter Disrupts GPS Data from Olympic Cyclists to Broadcasters The International Olympic... read more

Sensing Location: Software Receiver Estimates Signal States During Outages

March 1, 2012By
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Future safety-relevant driver assistant systems demand vehicle state estimations accurate enough to match the position within a road lane, which cannot be provided by standalone GPS. A promising approach to meet the requirements is the fusion of standalone or differential GNSS measurements with vehicle sensor data like odometers or accelerometers. To achieve deeper sensor integration, a software GNSS receiver was developed at the Institute of Flight Guidance (IFF) that is able to use dead reckoning sensors to support its signal acquisition. This article presents an approach to estimate the signal states during outages based on the tightly coupled vehicle state, which reduces the reacquisition time and significantly increases the signal availability. read more

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Telematic Future: eCall, Insurance, Drive-Share

January 1, 2012By
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Consider two notable developments in 2011 that will influence the development of consumer transportation: China became the largest manufacturer of automobiles, producing more than 18 million vehicles, easily overtaking Europe and North America; smartphone volume shipments surpassed the volume of laptops and desktop PCs combined. Reflecting these two rising economic rockets, the November Munich Telematics show drew its largest attendance yet, 500-plus participants, and a greatly expanded exhibit area. read more

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