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Friday, May 13, 2005
( Via Yaho0) Tomorrow's navigation system would be portable navigation devices.Aside from commercial or marine applications, most global positioning systems (GPS) are installed in cars - helping people get from point A to B while driving. A new breed of navigation systems is about to change this as consumers will soon get driving directions via their cell phone or PDA. Navigation systems are most often sold as original equipment by the auto makers. They typically include a color screen in the center console that provides maps and turn-by-turn driving instructions. These systems also provide voice output so the driver can keep their eyes on the road while driving. Vehicle navigation systems are costly options, and customers that opt for these features are typically buyers of luxury cars or high-end SUVs. But a new class of systems-called PNDs (for Portable Navigation Devices)- are about to make these features very affordable. "These portable solutions offer almost the same functionality as in-vehicle navigation systems, but at a fraction of the price," said Phil Magney, TRG's principal telematics analyst.
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