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GPS at CES 2008


I’ve never been a fan of the “Acme Company announced this at CES today” type coverage even though I’ve done it in the past. So instead what you will get below is more of “quick pressions” in a Twitted style. Plus I figure I’m here to meet and see… I can write in detail after the show. Come back to this page for rolling updates.

Southwest Airlines now specifically allows GPS above 10,000 feet.

• Thanks to everyone in the Forums for the Nuvi questions. I’ll get to as many as I can.

Tele Atlas is showing off some cool 3D maps that we have talked about before. Of will be very interesting to see how the imagery changes the driving experience. They are also showing off some of their partner products like INRIX historical traffic data.

TomTom doesn’t typically release new productso we saw the holiday lineup. They announced that older devices will be able to upgrade to MapShare enabled software, a cool customer support award from JD Power, and the (highly anticipated) fuel prices service for 920 owners.

Garmin shore off a new forerunner that actually looks like a watch and has GPS. The new 800 series Nuvi devices look great and the voice recognition implementation is amazing. The pink Nuvi will make it into the States soon. But what we ate super excited about is the Colorado. Nothing short of stunning. Finally a handheld GPS that doesn’t limit itself to “square box” menus and the Topo shading looks amazing, not to mention paperless caching!

Dash didn’t show much we had not heard about before, but their product is unique enough that it still is fun to see. They have done a great job of taking a look at the needs of a segment of GPS users and delivering a product which maximizes those functions. We look forward to the final product launch.

NAVIGON announced a program similar to TomTom HOME usedto install map and application updates to their devices. The first round of those devices are likely to appear in a few weeks.

Nav N Go showed off their 3D imagery that is now in some of the new HP products. In their booth they showed off the maps with 3D images of The Strip which were stunning. They also announed they had acquired a mapping company to help speed up content delivery in markets like Easyern Europe, Asis, and South Amwrica….. locations the “other two” big mapping companies have been slower to develop mapping data for.

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