Fleet managers are constantly trying to figure out ways to increase productivity while cutting costs. The economic recovery combined with rising fuel costs has made fleet management more challenging than ever. With fuel topping $4 a gallon or more in some regions, fleet operators are searching for ways to make their drivers more efficient, while [...]
Military equipment that rely upon GPS navigation can be misled if enemies jam or spoof the GPS signal by blocking or sending erroneous signal data. BAE Systems has developed a new navigation system that can circumvent GPS tracking jammers or spoofers by scavenging electronic signals from the air to figure out locations. The new system [...]
Rand McNally Offers WiFi Enabled GPS Device Rand McNally just introduced a new 7” GPS device, IntelliRoute TND 720, designed specifically for trucks. Their new GPS device offers WiFi connectivity to provide real-time weather updates and rugged casing to make it easier to hold, video input for third-party back up cameras, and a brighter screen [...]
What’s a minute worth to you? To Southwest Airlines, it’s worth over a million dollars. According to FAA-TV in Dallas, this year Southwest Airlines is spending over $175 million on GPS navigation system updates to make its fleet of jets fly more precisely, saving the airline both time and and money. This all new GPS tracking system technology is making pilot’s job much cheaper, easier and safer for all.
Southwest pilot Kent Perry said the changes are based on the same global positioning satellite (GPS) technology you might be using in your car, only more sophisticated. Now the landing points can be programmed into the plane’s computer before takeoff. Because of precise GPS data, the plane “knows” its position and altitude at all times. I’m not touching the throttles or the yoke,” Perry says as we “fly” over the lights of Chicago. “I’m basically running it with this panel up here.” The plane uses the information to approach the runway, and Perry takes over just before touchdown.
Garmin has two different smartphone models currently on the market – one with AT & T and one with T-Mobile. The less expensive AT& T Garmin Nuviphone, which retails for $49, has the great navigation and GPS system you would expect from Garmin, and the smartphone capabilities are pretty good, too. According to Garmin’s website, [...]
A new GPS navigation iPhone app called CycleStreets was launched last week. The new iPhone app is free and turns your iPhone into a cyclist’s version of a Garmin GPS navigation system. The new CycleStreets iPhone app is already close to the top of the charts for GPS navigation apps. The app shows the best bike-friendly routes to get from here to there, and displays a map for you to check during your journey. It not only keeps you on bike paths, but also shows you short-cuts that can trim time off your ride.
According to the press release, the app from Bike Hub uses GPS system satellite navigation style routing that has been engineered specifically for cyclists. It keeps you on bike-safe paths and streets, and arranges your route to minimize up-hill cycling. You can even pick if you want the quietest route, the quickest, or a balanced route.
According to a recent research report published by IE Market Research (IEMR), the global market for GPS navigation and location based services will increase to $13.4 billion in 2014, a compound annual growth rate of 51.3%. In the USA and Canada, the GPS navigation and location based search market will increase to over $4.3 billion. The USA and Canada will represent nearly one-third (32.4%) of the world market share for GPS navigation and location based services spending over the next 5 years. The USA will still be one of the largest single markets for location based services in the world with a compound annual growth rate of 37.5% forecasted over the next five years. The full IEMR report (single-copy) costs $2,995.
The adoption of GPS in mobile handsets is largely being driven by smart phones. Given the proliferation of smartphones these figures are not all that surprising, despite moderate industry growth in the past. GPS-enabled smartphones such as the Apple iPhone and Google Android are playing a huge part in the GPS technology revolution that IEMR is forecasting. Google now includes free GPS navigation for its smartphones and Apple’s iPhone app store is filled with dozens of free and low-cost navigation applications. in 2009, more than 40 percent of all smartphone owners used their mobile devices to get turn-by-turn directions, according to data from Compete, an industry leading web analytics firm. For iPhone users, the figure is even higher at over 80 percent. After all, smart phones are, well, smart. It’s convenient to not only use your phone to take make calls, but also to send SMS text messages, take pictures, send emails on the go, search the web, listen to music, and yes, even to get turn-by-turn directions.
Fleet GPS tracking and telematics devices have been installed in over 11,000 UPS delivery vehicles as of July 2010. The company recently announced plans to install GPS navigation and telematics equipment in another 10,000 trucks by the end of year. UPS, one of the most recognized brands in the world, is a $49.7 billion global [...]
Telematics Detroit 2010 is a conference mainly for automakers and their suppliers. Many of the conference speakers emphasized that the Telematics Industry as a whole has changes dramatically in recent years. The Telematics Industry for consumer vehicles is expected to change even more as smartphones apps invade the telematics space, providing drivers with the type [...]
Carrier Corporation, a global leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 percent since 2006. According to Erv Lauterbach, President of Carrier Building Systems, “this is the equivalent of taking more than 3,000 cars from the road. In addition, greening our fleet has generated [...]