Every time I see a patrol car roll by, I look into its windows wondering what the heck it uses for a laptop. If you’re like me, then you may wish to read beyond the jump to get a better idea. Raytheon, known for it’s military rockets, missiles, and other objects of destruction, is the one behind the magic for LA’s Sheriff’s Department. Starting today, the LASD gets new MDCSes (mobile data computer systems) in their cars, trucks, and even motorcycles. While the press release gives no specifications on the system, it does state that officers will be able to, “access a variety of law enforcement information including fingerprint databases, Global Positioning System (GPS) expedited routing to emergency calls, and other critical resources peace officers need to efficiently serve the public.” The near $20 million – ya, million! – investment replaces equipment from 1987. Ya, 1987!! Crazy, huh?
Raytheon Partners With Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to Raise Public Safety In Nation’s Most Populous County
New laptop computer systems will increase efficiency of deputies, deliver information faster to patrol cars
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2, 2011 — Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) announced today that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) vehicles equipped with new mobile data computer systems (MDCS) are now rolling out on the streets, protecting residents. LASD patrol cars, motorcycles, prisoner transport vehicles and SUVs outfitted with the Raytheon-integrated computer systems were being unveiled today at a news briefing in Los Angeles.
The computer systems will enhance the access of more than 2,400 field units to new public safety technologies. Deputies will now be able to utilize the Sheriff’s Data Network, Intranet and other criminal databases from their vehicles with the state-of-the-art mobile data computers. They can also access a variety of law enforcement information including fingerprint databases, Global Positioning System (GPS) expedited routing to emergency calls, and other critical resources peace officers need to efficiently serve the public.
Sheriff Lee Baca, whose agency is the largest sheriff’s department in the nation with a county population of more than 10 million, said, “Raytheon worked closely with our sheriff’s deputies, engineers and technicians to integrate the latest public safety technologies and capabilities into our vehicles. This new mobile data computer system will greatly increase the efficiency of deputies in the field, providing them more knowledge at their fingertips, and enabling them to do more for the public now and in the years ahead.”
Daniel J. Crowley, president of Raytheon Network Centric Systems, said, “Linking the complex hardware and software in the vehicles required a skilled systems integrator like Raytheon. That expertise is what makes our company a leader in the public safety market. As a significant employer in Los Angeles County, Raytheon has a vested interest in improving public safety for the county.”
The LASD will have the added benefit of using Raytheon’s new Public Safety Regional Technology Center, opening in Downey this winter, to maximize the capabilities of the system as new technologies become available. This is in addition to Raytheon’s laying the foundation for the new UCLA Center for Public Safety Network Systems that will create a collaborative research forum that brings together academia, industry and public safety agencies.
The $19.9 million investment with Raytheon by the LASD and the County of Los Angeles will dramatically upgrade the 1987 mobile digital technology currently in use and is important to the future of public safety for the millions of people living in the greater Los Angeles area.
Visit Raytheon’s multimedia Web feature (http://www.raytheon.com/newsroom/feature/rtn11_lsa/index.html) for photographs and videos showing the new mobile data computer systems in use.
Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter at @raytheon.
Also added to the 1.8 release will be Safety Cameras or as we like to call them here in the States, easy money for the city.
Get the rest of the deets below.
NAVIGON AG, a leading provider of mobile phone on-board navigation, today announced the availability of the eighth update for its iPhone app, MobileNavigator, the most feature-rich navigation solution on the iOS platform. The update adds a Reality Scanner feature that helps finding points of interest close-by, presenting them in an augmented reality view. Version 1.8 also includes safety camera alerts as an In App Purchase, an at-a-glance traffic gage and a new NAVTEQ map. In conjunction with the update launch, MobileNavigator apps and In App Purchase prices will be reduced by up to $15 thru April 28, 2011.
“In its eighth version, MobileNavigator delivered over 30 new features since our launch almost two years ago, helping drivers navigate stress-free through even some of the most challenging situations on the road.” said Gerhard Mayr, vice-president worldwide mobile phone business, NAVIGON. “MobileNavigator not only provides accurate directions but acts as a travel assistant with many industry first features. The new Reality Scanner function provides an innovative way of displaying points of interest close-by. Instead of showing them on the map, the feature projects them onto a real-time camera view.”
MobileNavigator 1.8 New Features:
Reality Scanner is a navigation industry first augmented reality feature for the iOS platform, providing an instant and effortless way of identifying destinations close-by. Users simply point the iPhone in any direction from where they are and instantly points of interest icons appear directly onto a live camera view, indicating the exact position of the location. Pedestrians won’t miss a beat while they are on foot, in a couple of taps destination such as restaurants, bars, hotels, and more are at their fingertips. Reality Scanner provides this information immediately, providing a quick overview of the immediate surroundings.
Safety Cameras alert drivers of upcoming static speed and red light cameras along the route, helping to potentially avoid costly tickets. The feature integrates the database from the industry’s number one safety camera detection company, RoadTraps. This database provides access to over 3900 speed and red light cameras in the US and is regularly updated to ensure the latest cameras are detected. NAVIGON Safety Cameras is available as a single In App Purchase of $4.99.
Traffic Check is an easy to read, at-a-glance gage graphic that appears after route calculation and inform drivers of current traffic conditions. The Traffic gage pop-up informs with a green, yellow, and red meter and disappears within a few seconds, indicating how the traffic situation is on the route ahead. If more detailed traffic coverage and alternate routes are needed for users who are not already using the built-in Traffic Live feature, a direct link to the In App Purchase is provided within the graphic. By tapping the “i”, the meter will flip directly to the apps extra menu where the In App Purchase can be made.
The Latest Maps by the leading map provider NAVTEQ.
Future Version Benefits NAVIGON is currently working on some major additions for MobileNavigator and only those who have this latest version are eligible to take advantage of the benefits in the next version.
MobileNavigator transforms the iPhone and iPad 3G into a comprehensive navigation device, comparable to standalone units. The app helps drivers to arrive stress-free and on time with
spoken directions and a unique combination of advanced driving guidance. Features include lane assistance, traffic rerouting, parking options, safety camera alerts, weather information
and much more. By providing directions even in areas without a cell or wireless signal, and the latest NAVTEQ maps saved on the phone, the app always has you covered. It is the most
feature rich on-board navigation application and a top-grossing app several times in 29 different App Stores around the globe.
Pricing and Availability
NAVIGON’s North American apps and selected In App Purchases are up to $15 off until April 28, 2011. The promotional offerings are below next to the regular prices.
MobileNavigator North America: $44.99 instead of $59.99
MobileNavigator USA: $34.99 instead of $49.99
MobileNavigator Canada: $34.99 instead of $59.99
MobileNavigator US MyRegion East, Central or West: $24.99 instead of $29.99, additional regions $12.99 instead of $14.99.
In App Purchases
Safety Cameras: $4.99
Traffic Live: $14.99 instead of $19.99
ZAGAT Survey® Ratings and Reviews: $7.99
Panorama View 3D: $9.99
NAVIGON Design Car Kit for iPhone: $44.95 instead of $49.95, available at BringMobi.com
MobileNavigator 1.8.0 is compatible with iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G. The app also runs on first generation iPhone and iPod Touch, but third party accessories for GPS reception are required for these devices. *iOS multitasking is supported by the iPhone 4 and 3GS only.
For more information, please visit: www.navigon.com/iphone.
Hey travalers, Navigon is giving away its MobileNavigator iPhone GPS app and iPhone Design Car Kit every day for ten days starting tomorrow March 3rd. If haven’t installed the best looking GPS application on your iPhone yet, then here’s your chance to do so for free…and dock it. Read the deets on how below.
Navigon Press Release
NAVIGON, a global leader of navigation applications, is about to launch a spring travel giveaway. The contest starts on Thursday, March 3rd, and will run for 10 days. NAVIGON’s iPhone navigation app MobileNavigator is the perfect travel companion, for international, domestic and even local travel. NAVIGON is giving away 10 ultimate travel packages that consist of an iPhone app version of choice (including all international versions for destinations that span the globe) and the new iPhone Design Car Kit.
How to enter?
It’s easy! Follow @NAVIGON_US on Twitter and Tweet #navigontravel.
Why is NAVIGON MobileNavigator the optimal travel companion?
MobileNavigator has many features that are tailored for travelers finding their way that make this app indispensable for getting around on foreign territory. The app offers maps for many countries around the globe and support of a wide range of languages, travel guides, local points of interest, speed warnings, no roaming fees when getting directions abroad (other than off-board navigation apps), social media integration and much more. MobileNavigator lets you leave your guidebooks, maps, and worries about getting lost at home.
NAVIGON will announce a winner every day at 5PM EST on Twitter between March 3 -12, 2011. We also have a dedicated page on our website that outlines details and terms & conditions. NAVIGON Contest Page.
“I can hear you know,” so says the Verizon guy with those black glasses on his new iPhone. Millions today will have the CDMA version of the worlds most popular smartphone and to celebrate – for all makes and models of smartphones – Navigon is slashing its prices by 50% on it’s award winning MobileNavigator. SvenOnTech reviewed it last year and we’ve seen it continues to improve with each passing update. With such a heavy discount, we feel you would be silly not to purchase this robust and beautiful GPS application for your iPhone, Android, or Windows Mobile phone. For those new to Navigon, or if you’re just interested in what’s new, take a look at its press release below.
NAVIGON AG, a leading provider of mobile phone on-board navigation, today announced it has now over two million smartphone navigation app users worldwide. In celebration of the important milestone, NAVIGON reduces the price on each version of MobileNavigator Android, iPhone and WindowsMobile by 50 percent for four days. A regional iPhone US version starts at $14.99. Current users can take advantage of the promotion with prices for In App Purchases Traffic Live, Panorama View 3D and Zagat Survey for MobileNavigator iPhone 25 percent off. MobileNavigator turns smartphones and tablets into navigation solutions that work like standalone units.
“Our two million users clearly show that premium navigation apps for smartphones are in high demand. Consumers realize the benefits of a premium on-board navigation app like MobileNavigator with all its dedicated driving features, such as traffic rerouting, lane and speed guidance 3D views and more,” said Gerhard Mayr, vice-president worldwide mobile phone business, NAVIGON. “Our 50 percent off promotion is an ideal opportunity to take advantage of all these features at a very attractive price, especially for all the new Verizon iPhone customers.” A benefit of NAVIGON’s on-board navigation app on the Verizon network is that it allows users to still receive directions while on the phone, since a data connection is not necessary. NAVIGON MobileNavigator carries the complete map material within the phone. The app relies on the GPS receiver, independent from a cell or wireless signal, providing directions and recalculations even when no cell phone signal is available.
NAVIGON MobileNavigator is available for Android smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and WindowsMobile smartphones. The Android version features an industry- first Reality Scanner function that projects points of interest icons directly onto a camera view, helping to find POI’s nearby. NAVIGON MobileNavigator* for iOS is the first universal navigation app of a major GPS company that runs natively on the iPhone and the iPad. Users with MobileNavigator installed can use the app on both devices without extra charges. It utilizes the iPad’s large display and user interface with a higher resolution, and new menus. Route planning is convenient on the iPad, showing a large scrollable, multi-touch map to select destinations in simple taps.
Pricing and Availability
MobileNavigator North America: $59.99 (on sale for $29.99)
MobileNavigator USA: $49.99 (on sale for 24.99)
MobileNavigator Canada: $59.99 (on sale for $29.99)
MobileNavigator US MyRegion East, Central or West: $14.99, additional regions $10.99 (first region on sale for $24.99, additional maps for $12.99)
In App Purchases
Panorama View 3D: $9.99 (on sale for $6.99)
Traffic Live: $19.99: (on sale for $14.99)
Zagat Survey Ratings and Reviews: $7.99 (on sale for $5.99)
MobileNavigator USA: $59.99 (on sale for $29.95)
Magellan, a pioneering GPS brand, today announced new features being added to its successful RoadMate® product lineup of car Navigation units that will enhance driver safety and enable easier viewing.
The new Magellan RoadMate 9055 GPS is a feature-rich navigation device designed for easy viewing that further expands Magellan’s successful 7-inch car Navigation product line. The RoadMate 9055 is the first of a select group of Magellan GPS units that will support a new, proprietary Magellan back-up camera scheduled for release this spring. The unit’s large, high-definition screen transmits a live feed from the vehicle’s bumper when the car is placed in reverse gear. Children and pets behind the vehicle car are now visible and can be avoided, helping make the road safer for both the driver and pedestrians.
Designed with drivers of RVs, SUVs, minivans and other larger-cab vehicles in mind, the RoadMate 9055 GPS also includes three features most requested by consumers: a high-definition WVGA screen, Bluetooth connectivity to mobile devices, and a lifetime traffic subscription that alerts drivers of congestion ahead and calculates alternative routes.
The RoadMate 9055 GPS’s large, 7-inch screen offers the user the same viewing area as most in-dash car navigation units for a crisp, clear view of the screen. Bluetooth connectivity enables hands-free operation of mobile phones, helping drivers to communicate safely while driving. Magellan’s Free, Lifetime Traffic Feature, feeds continual updates of traffic conditions in traffic-congested North American cities directly to the GPS unit. The driver is provided with an accurate estimate of travel times factoring in distance and traffic, as well as suggestions for less-congested alternative routes.
Why RoadMate Is The Ideal Road Mate
Preloaded with maps of the 50 United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and more than 6 million points of interest locations, all Magellan RoadMate models features exclusive rich content from the most trusted name in driver safety, AAA. The built-in AAA TourBook guide with Diamond ratings and descriptions for US and Canada provides highly detailed information about hotels, restaurants local attractions, and a guide to merchants offering member discounts. A special AAA roadside assistance feature (for AAA members only) gives you your exact location with a touch of a button so you can get the roadside help you need quickly and easily.
The RoadMate 9055 includes Highway Lane Assist which guides the driver into the proper lane for upcoming lane changes and exits, as well as Magellan’s proprietary OneTouch user interface providing users instant access to favorite addresses, searches and destinations. The GPS unit also features text-to-speech technology, which provides spoken street names while navigating; and a convenient Video-In jack, which can be used to connect an iPod®, back-up camera or other video source to watch live video on the bright 7-inch display (cable not included).
“We developed our large-screen navigation devices to help people get more information they need at a quick glance. Between our high-definition widescreens, our hands-free calling features, the quality of the AAA TourBook content and assurance of roadside assistance for its members, and the forthcoming back-up camera accessory, our RoadMate devices not only navigate drivers to their destinations, they make each journey safer,” said Mike Wagner, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Magellan.
The RoadMate 9055 comes with a specialized heavy-duty Extension Mount that brings the GPS navigator up close and personal. With three points of articulation and an extra 12 inches of extension, no cab is too large to maneuver the display within easy reach. The specialized multi-surface mounting pad will also stick directly to vinyl dashboards, safely securing the device and avoiding the long reach to the windshield. Drivers in smaller vehicles will appreciate the ability to bring the Magellan RoadMate 9055 GPS below dash level so that windshield space is not taken up.
The Magellan RoadMate 9055 GPS is now available at Amazon. It includes the extension mount and cradle, vehicle power adapter, and USB data cord. The unit retails at a MSRP for $299.99.
For optional accessories, including cases, pouches and additional mounting options, visit http://www.magellangps.com.
Magellan, a pioneering GPS brand, today announced the introduction of the Magellan eXplorist 310 GPS receiver, a power-packed, waterproof, and rugged handheld GPS designed for essential outdoor navigation.
The newest addition to the eXplorist family of dedicated outdoor GPS receivers, the eXplorist 310 provides outdoor enthusiasts with many of the features found in higher-end devices, including a premium world map and the ability to upload detailed topographic maps. Whether for an avid outdoorsman navigating to a favorite fishing spot, an up-and-coming geocacher graduating to more complex finds, or an experienced backpacker looking for a powerful, yet light and portable GPS receiver, the eXplorist 310 is the perfect companion for hundreds of outdoor activities.
With a vibrant, 2.2-inch transflective color screen, a highly sensitive GPS chipset providing 3-5 meters of accuracy, and the ability to record hundreds of waypoints, tracks, and routes, the eXplorist 310 GPS receiver provides all the essential navigation features required to venture into the great outdoors. It comes pre-loaded with Magellan’s World Edition maps that include the road networks in more than 200 countries. The device supports 10,000 paperless geocaches and users can expand the map detail and coverage by adding regional versions of Magellan’s Summit Series topographic maps. Users start each adventure with a single click, record every step, and monitor their progress by viewing the track summary statistics or quickly find their way home using the backtrack function. Two AA batteries provide up to 18 hours of continual outdoor use.
“The eXplorist 310 is a key addition to our outdoor lineup as it provides users with a high-quality navigation device at an outstanding value,” said Justin Doucette, Director of Product Marketing, for Magellan GPS. “From novice to expert, Magellan now offers the right handheld GPS receiver for anyone who ventures into the outdoors anywhere in the world!”
The eXplorist 310 will be available in March 2011 at an MSRP of USD $199.99.
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced its first turn-by-turn navigation app for iPhone, StreetPilot, as well as its full lineup of new smartphone applications for both iPhone and Android. Garmin’s new mobile applications — including StreetPilot for iPhone, Garmin Tracker, myMechanic, and My-Cast Lite — will be on display in the Garmin booth (South Hall #35831) at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
“Providing consumers with mobile applications is yet another way they can experience the benefits of Garmin – be it our navigation expertise or bringing the capabilities of our niche market products to a smartphone. GPS is an extremely helpful tool, but we recognize it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. We decided to introduce a new line of smartphone applications so that we can give customers a quality Garmin experience in the format of their choosing,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales.
The StreetPilot® App: Designed specifically for iPhone, the StreetPilot App gives iPhone owners unlimited use of Garmin’s industry-leading navigation with traffic alerts. The intuitive interface greets users with two simple options: “Where to?” and “View Map.” Customers can easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names to their destination.
The StreetPilot App includes many of the same high-end features available on Garmin’s standalone automotive GPS devices like free traffic alerts that enable drivers to steer clear of traffic accidents, road closures and construction; lane assist with junction view that directs drivers to the preferred lane and displays realistic images of upcoming complex junctions; and speed limit indicators that display speed limits for most major roads. It is an off-board navigation system so that customers always have the advantage of the most up-to-date mapping information available.
The StreetPilot App also integrates with a driver’s iTunes music library so they can access and control their music while on the move; integrates with their address book so they can navigate directly from their contact list; and uses the multitasking ability of iOS 4 to allow them to take a phone call while the navigation continues to work in the background.
The StreetPilot App is available now for $39.99 from the App Store on iPhone or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
NAVIGON AG, a leading provider of mobile phone on-board navigation, today announced the seventh update for its iPhone app, MobileNavigator, the most feature-rich navigation solution on the iPhone platform. The update adds a total of six new features and is already available now for all NAVIGON MobileNavigator US MyRegion apps. It will follow soon for the USA and North America versions. The update adds a total of six new features. MobileNavigator is now optimized to run natively on the iPad, making use of the larger display and the user interface of the device. Integration of Zagat Survey’s premium ratings and reviews for thousands of restaurants, and other leisure activities are available through an In App Purchase. The market first Active Lane Assistant shows drivers exactly which lane to choose in a moving on-screen animation. NAVIGON also adopted the app’s graphics to iPhone 4 Retina display. Further additions include a new Map Reporter function and the option for user notifications.
“NAVIGON’s updated version provides our over one million app users with the latest navigation technology from NAVIGON’s development labs,” said Gerhard Mayr, vice-president worldwide mobile phones & new markets, NAVIGON. “By transforming MobileNavigator into a universal app, optimized for both the iPhone and the iPad, premium features and content offerings are available across platforms. Instead of having a separate app for the iPad, we decided to develop one app that runs natively across both devices without extra cost for our dedicated customers.”
MobileNavigator 1.7.0 brings the following additions to the NAVIGON iPhone app:
Universal iPad Integration: NAVIGON is the first major GPS Company to make navigation universal; it now runs natively on the iPhone and the iPad. Users with MobileNavigator installed can use the app on both devices without extra charges. The app utilizes the iPad’s large display and user interface with a higher resolution, and new menus. Route planning is convenient on the iPad, showing a large scrollable, multi-touch map to select destinations in simple taps. Users can plan their routes at home on the iPad and then send them to their iPhone for navigation on the go. MobileNavigator can also be used for navigation on the iPad. Capitalizing on the large screen, the app demonstrates Reality View Pro™ and the map view side-by-side, providing an accurate overview of the way ahead. In-map elements such as direction arrows, Lane and Speed Assistant symbols are designed in proportion to the iPad display size.
Zagat Survey: An In App Purchase offers access to Zagat’s signature ratings and reviews of over 40,000 restaurants, hotels, attractions, golf courses, nightspots and other leisure activities, based on the thoughts and opinions of a worldwide network of thousands of surveyors. Zagat has become the world’s most trusted source to help consumers make informed decisions about where to go. Zagat’s content is integrated into MobileNavigator’s point of interest search, so users can easily find locations within a city, state or nearby. A tap on the individual destination reveals further information such as ratings of the appeal, decor and service as well as prices, telephone numbers and the full review text.
Active Lane Assistant: The market first feature Active Lane Assistant assists drivers with getting and staying in the correct lane by showing a live lane animation. Displayed in the lower right corner of the map view, the animation reflects the current lane configuration and allows drivers to see ahead. An orange line indicates the way the driver should follow. The optional feature can be switched on or off.
Map Reporter: The new Map Reporter feature enables users with the power to store changed road names, new speed limits, and one-way streets and submit them to improve the accuracy of future maps. The information is checked, verified and then integrated into later map updates.
Retina Display Support: Retina display adaptation is further enhanced and now also shows the map, map fonts and POIs in high resolution.
User Notifications and Newsletter: The update now also allows users to receive on-screen messages with important information about MobileNavigator within the app. In addition, users can also sign up for a newsletter and receive exclusive offers and first hand information by email.
MobileNavigator transforms the iPhone into an inclusive navigation device that saves the maps on the phone and relies on the GPS receiver, independent from a cell or wireless signal. It is the most feature rich on-board navigation application, featuring premium functions such as Traffic Live, Clever Parking, Reality View™ Pro, Panorama View 3D, NAVIGON MyRoutes, Live Weather, Connection to Facebook and Twitter, branded in-route POIs and much more. NAVIGON’s iPhone app has been the top-grossing app several times in 29 different App Stores around the globe, including the U.S.
Pricing and Availability
NAVIGON’s North American apps and selected In App Purchases are up to 30 percent off until January 6, 2011. The promotional offerings are below next to the regular prices.
MobileNavigator North America $59.99 (on sale for $44.99)
MobileNavigator USA: $49.99 (on sale for $34.99)
MobileNavigator Canada: $49.99 (on sale for $34.99)
MobileNavigator US MyRegion East, Central or West: $29.99, additional regions $14.99. (first region on sale for $24.99)
In App Purchases
Zagat Survey Ratings and Reviews: $7.99 (on sale for $5.99)
Traffic Live: $19.99
Panorama View 3D: $9.99
MobileNavigator 1.7.0 is compatible with iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G and iPad 3G. The app also runs on first generation iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad WLAN, but third party accessories for GPS reception are required for these devices. *iOS4 multitasking is supported by the iPhone 4 and 3GS only.
For more information, please visit: www.navigon.com/iphone.
NAVIGON AG, a leading provider of mobile on-board navigation, today announced the release of the US version of its award winning MobileNavigator for the Android platform. The first on-board navigation app of a major navigation company to launch on the Android platform, MobileNavigator brings premium navigation to the growing Android user base. Among many signature functions, the app includes the industry-first feature Reality Scanner that identifies points of interest by showing them in a live camera view. MobileNavigator is available now from the Android Market and includes Traffic Live and without an additional cost.
MobileNavigator brings first-class developments in GPS navigation technology and real-time travel information to the Android platform. “For almost two decades NAVIGON brings preeminent navigation technology; this long standing experience enables us to deliver sophisticated navigation solutions that transform smartphones into navigation solutions comparable to standalone devices,” said Gerhard Mayr, NAVIGON vice-president worldwide mobile phones and new markets. “Other than free navigation apps for the Android platform, NAVIGON’s app provides on-board premium maps and driving related features that go beyond providing simple directions, helping to make driving a more relaxed experience.”
Reality Scanner is an industry first feature for the Android platform. Utilizing the phone’s build-in camera, positioning, and compass components together with NAVIGON’S extensive POI database to project POI (points of interest) icons directly on the camera’s image. Users can point the device and instantly identify POIs in or around the location. Other premium features include, Reality View Pro, displaying photo-realistic 3D views of actual road, highway/interstate, signs and exits, and lane guide markers for easy driving decisions. Traffic Live uses real-time data from over a million drivers to route around traffic. NAVIGON MyRoutes analyzes driving habits, patterns, location, time/day and provides up to three routes clearly displayed in-map with ETA, distance and driving times for each (a comprehensive list of features is below). The NAVIGON Red Light Cameras feature provides drivers an advanced visual warning for most red light and speed cameras.
MobileNavigator relies on the devices’ GPS receiver as well as the pre-loaded NAVTEQ® maps, providing full function navigation capabilities when a cell signal is not available. Off-board navigation, in comparison, is dependent on a cell phone connection to download map and routing data. Therefore, no cell signal renders navigation useless or interrupted until a connection is re-established. “MobileNavigator addresses the concerns of savvy consumers who are dissatisfied with the inconsistent performance of off-board turn-by-turn navigation solutions using lower quality data that has recently entered the market. NAVTEQ maps are a key differentiator and part of NAVIGON’S overall strategic vision for enabling a more sophisticated navigation experience for consumers,” said Jeff Mize, executive vice president, Global Sales, NAVTEQ. “The superiority of NAVTEQ® maps is defined by its verified accuracy, richness of content and its breadth of coverage data. Equipped with proprietary data collection tools and state-of-the-art technologies, NAVTEQ’S Geographic Analysts continually drive the roads to collect, verify and update over 260 attributes, many of which can only be captured through direct field collection. This in-depth “human factor” delivers data consistent with real world conditions and is one of the most robust and accurate geographic databases in the world.”
In addition to the benefits of an on-board solution, NAVIGON’S hallmark navigation capabilities and third party partnerships come together in MobileNavigator customized and developed for the Android platform.
The extensive set of features and capabilities include:
• Reality View™ Pro clearly displays photo-realistic 3D views of actual road, highway/interstate, signs and exits, and lane guide markers for easy driving decisions.
• Traffic Live The most precise traffic information available today, using real-time speed data from over a million drivers including commercial fleets such as trucks and taxis and non-commercial drivers with GPS capabilities.
• Reality Scanner helps finding points of interest by showing them in a live camera view.
• Lane Assistant Pro prepares drivers to make an upcoming exit or turn with a lane map complete with arrows and actual road geometry.
• Speed Assistant Adjustable audio-visual warning alerts drivers of speed and can be turned on or off.
• Text-to-Speech Complementing turn-by-turn directions; informs the driver of both the street name and the direction to turn.
• NAVIGON MyRoutes analyzes driving habits, patterns, location, time/day and provides up to three routes clearly displayed in-map with ETA, distance and driving times for each.
• Day & Night Mode for map display.
• Direct Access to Contacts Allows navigation to contacts saved in the phone’s address book.
• Route Planning
• Branded POIs and POIs along the route and in Reality Scanner.
• 2D and 3D map view
• Coordinate Input Employ longitude and latitude coordinates as a destination as an alternative to traditional input like an address or POI by name. Email geographical coordinates for precise location identification.
• Automatic Portrait or Landscape
• Intelligent address entry for quick text entry and lookup results.
• Real Street and Hwy sign display
• Directly call POIs
• Pedestrian Navigation
• Google Local Search Connected instant search of local points of interest.
• Red Light Cameras provides drivers an advanced visual warning for most red light and speed cameras.
Pricing and Availability
MobileNavigator is available now in the Android Market and Google Checkout for *$39.99 for two-weeks. Post promotion the app retails for a one-time fee of *$59.99. The price includes the Traffic Live services. MobileNavigator is equipped with maps of the U.S.A. from NAVTEQ®.
*NOTE: Price subject to slight variations based on exchange rates between Euros and US Dollars.
ALK Technologies today announced CoPilot Live USA, bringing full-featured, voice-guided GPS navigation to Android smartphones and tablet devices for the breakthrough price of just $4.99.
Already a popular choice for iPhone and iPad owners, CoPilot Live USA for Android provides easy to follow, powerful turn-by-turn guidance with clear 3D guidance views and voice directions throughout the USA. Detailed street-level maps are stored directly on the Android device, not downloaded each trip, so drivers don’t need to rely on a mobile internet connection for navigation.
Destination entry is made easy thanks to predictive address matching that finds addresses as you type. Millions of useful Points of Interest (POIs) are pre-installed as standard, including gas stations, restaurants and attractions. The app also features sophisticated guidance features such as ClearTurn™ realistic display with lane indicator arrows and real sign post information for clear guidance at highway exits and complex intersections.
CoPilot Live USA can take advantage of a phone’s mobile internet connection to provide access to useful real-time information as standard, including Local Internet Search and location-specific weather forecasts. The app includes 14 days use of CoPilot Live’s advanced real-time traffic information service, ActiveTraffic™, which calculates routes and ETAs based on current traffic conditions.
Michael Kornhauser, Managing Director, CoPilot Live Navigation, said “The latest Android-based smartphones and tablet devices are capable of providing a superior in-car navigation experience. With CoPilot Live USA available for just $4.99, full-featured voice guided GPS navigation is now an affordable reality for millions of GPS-enabled Android phone owners.”
CoPilot Live USA is available for a one-time fee of $4.99 for unlimited use through Android Market and iTunes App Store. 12 months use of the ActiveTraffic real-time traffic service is available as an option for $9.99.
CoPilot Live North America, which includes both the U.S. and Canada maps, continues to be available from Android Market and iTunes App Store for $19.99.