Three manufacturers of consumer GPS navigation products have responded to concerns raised by Australia’s competition watchdog, the ACCC, by agreeing to stop using ‘lifetime’ claims in their advertising of navigation services.
Navman has been quietly beavering away on dashcam technology for some time now, including a refinement of some anti-crash warning tech.
People often ask these days, what is the relevance of a device devoted solely to getting us from A to B when we all have our personal smart-devices? Phones or tablets can be mounted in cradles and all sport a myriad navigation apps willing to give us friendly, voice-controlled directions. It’s almost like the humble GPS device is now going to the same heaven inhabited by the (insert first syllable of your city name)Ways maps book that died over a decade ago.
You got your driver’s licence as soon as you could – a rite of passage. Now as a millennial with a mortgage you have teenage kids that want to do the same – if only to borrow your precious car.
Navman has released a “proper” integrated GPS and 2K dash cam that improves on its MiVue series by adding large vehicle assist and 123,000km of HERE 4WD off-road tracks.
Dashcams are the next hot item in car safety. Although not legally admissible evidence in court – yet – it can be the difference between being blamed or exonerated in an accident, or fighting a speeding ticket.
A portable in-car GPS (portable navigation device or PND) unit still has significant relevance, especially as map updates on some built-in-dash units can cost several times the price. Why?
Recent NSW legislation means P-plate (provisional) drivers will no longer be able to use a smartphone in a car as a phone or a GPS. Navman is quietly cheering the eminently sensible decision and hopes it will extend Australia-wide.
The next, big, must-have thing is a dash camera – an onboard camera that records when triggered by an event such as harsh braking or an accident.
Parenting is, of course, one of the toughest jobs.
Finding a place to eat while you are driving is often pot luck and using a smartphone is illegal and chews up data allowances.
Navman navigation devices will continue to use SUNA traffic information for at least another two years.
Portable navigation device maker Navman has just released a new affordable 5” GPS with lifetime maps.
There are a plethora of portable navigation devices and huge differences in price and features. Navman’s new 5” EZY260LMT breaks previous price and feature barriers.
GPS units tell you how to get from A to B – now one can tell you where to eat along the way as it incluides restaurants and cafes in its Points of Interest.
If you are long sighted and have a largish car then Navman’s 7” MYEscape III is perfect for you. It is also great for weekend off roaders, grey nomads, and travellers who want a premium GPS product.
Navman has released a range of crash sensitive GPS enabled drive recorders. The aim is to provide clarity and evidence when it comes to insurance claims for motor accidents. And with any luck, Australians will be contributing to the oft disturbing, sometimes hilarious pool of YouTube videos along with our Russian driving friends.
Navman’s new smart GPS is a new approach to in-car navigation – it combines a new interface with dynamic content from Yelp and Foursquare to deliver live recommendations for what to see or visit anywhere in Australia.
GPS brand Navman has commissioned an independent survey of drivers, aiming to characterise driving confidence by gender.
Manufacturers of standalone SatNav devices need to deliver features at an excellent bang-for-buck ratio to compete with in-car factory fitted as well as the many other GPS enabled devices on hand today.
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