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MapmyIndia launches Incar GPS navigation

MapmyIndia – India’s navigable map data provider announced the launch of MapmyIndia Navigator, a GPS-based incar navigation device that promises to revolutionize the way we travel in India. Navigator uses satellites to determine current location. Navigator guides, turn by turn, with visual map instructions supported by voice prompts. It can either be mounted on the windshield or dashboard while driving or carried in hand while sitting in the backseat. The Navigator utilizes the maps of India, provided by CE Info Systems. The device is currently available in two hardware models, Delphi Nav 200 and AMAX 06GP5A. Both the personal navigation devices have builtin GPS (SirfStar III), 3.5” colour touchscreen, Samsung 400 MHz processor and additional multimedia features to play movies, music, photos, games etc. It is priced at Rs 21,000 in Delhi and Rs 22,000 in other states.

Yahoo ties-up with nine mobile operators in Asia

Yahoo has partnered with nine Asian mobile operators to provide internet search services, bringing its oneSearch distribution partnership to 20 operators worldwide. It also launched Chinese language version of Yahoo! Go 2.0 for Taiwan, an application for mobile internet access with a suite of widgets. The application has a selection of widgets including oneSearch, Flicks photos, weather, news e-mail and GPS integration for devices that have GPS.

NAVTEQ expands NAVTEQ transport

NAVTEQ has announced an expanded version of NAVTEQ Transport with new coverage in the Netherlands, UK, Belgium and Luxembourg, new data types and a harmonized global specification to enhance the functionality of truck routing and logistics planning applications across North America and Western Europe by plannig truck-specific routes using the NAVTEQ(R) map to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

1m fleet management units in Europe in 2008

According to Berg Insight report, the number of fleet management units deployed in commercial fleets in Europe will exceed 1 million in 2008. It cites customer awareness of the benefits of telematics as the main driver behind growth.

Google provides non-GPS LBS service

Google has released version 2.0 of Google Maps for mobile, with a beta version of Google’s “My Location” technology, a new feature which uses cell tower ID information to provide users with their approximate location in the absence of GPS capability on their phones.

New Nokia N-Series Phone unveiled

Nokia has launched the new Nokia N82, a phone with the ‘latest multimedia computer optimised for photography, navigation and internet connectivity.’ It will feature a 5 mega pixel camera, assisted GPS (A-GPS), and Internet connectivity.

Trimble Outdoors Apps Made Available for BlackBerry

Trimble has announced three of its GPS phone applications for GSM-based, GPS-enabled BlackBerry smartphones: AllSport GPS, Geocache Navigator and Trimble Outdoors. BlackBerry models that incorporate GPS include the 8800, 8820 and Curve 8310.

MSN talking to Indian telcos to develop LBS

Microsoft Corp., MSN, is in talks with Indian telecom operators to develop LBS for mobile users in the country. It will also launch maps on mobiles, which, combined with LBS, can help users with road navigation.

Launch of another vehicle tracking system in India

Dhanus Technologies, Chennai announced the launch of its vehcile tracking system, FleeTrac. According to reports, the firm had invested Rs 100 crore on the project and was targeting four million vehicles in the coming years. The system would use existing mobile airways and GPS to track fleets of cars and trucks, to monitor their movement.

BSNL, India plans four new services for its mobile subscribers

State-run telephone operator BSNL shall be finalising four new LBS as part of its strategy to augment the bouquet of new offerings to its mobile subscribers. It will comprise of Fleet Management Service, Track Your Buddy, Advertisement Services and Chatting.

Ashok Leyland, India to launch telematics fleet of CVs

Ashok Leyland would soon be equipping its trucks with telematics that would be GPS and GSM enabled, facilitating coordination of their fleet. On a test basis, it is currently making available its equipment known as ‘Alert’, to customers.

Hertz gearing up to navigate India

The rise in popularity of self-drive in the country has made the world’s leading car rentals company, Hertz to bring global GPS to their Indian fleet. According to officials, Hertz is looking at giving the self-drive business a boost, by providing navigation systems in cars for the travellers by the end of this year.

SatNav develops GPS for mobiles

SatNav Technologies Ltd, India has brought changes in its software design to enable even smaller mobile handsets to handle GPS. It has now made a compressed version to suit smaller screens and even match mobile phone needs.

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