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  1. Recap of a Jam-Packed Tegra Powered CES Day 1

    by , 01-09-2013 at 12:29 PM

    Tablets, telematics and gaming dominate the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show! The highlighted hardware of the show so far seems to be the brand new Tegra 4 processor from NVIDIA. The processor was on display in a series of touch displays ranging in size from 5 to 50 inches, and was shown at the heart of the new wave of gaming platforms and digital dash displays. Could the days of a Tegra-based ready built automotive platform finally be here?

    Other quick hits and misses from Day 1.

    Hits:
    -Parrot Corp has again invaded CES with a variety of embedded automotive systems. Last year I highlighted the Double-Din Android powered Asteroid system, which has seemingly been replaced by a host of new Asteroid line products. More information soon!

    -US Globalstat, makers of the popular BU-353 USB GPS module, have released a series of automotive automatation devices aimed at bringing OEM vehicle accessibility to the aftermarket.

    -Electrobit had a live demo of their EB Street Director, a QNX based telematics navigation platform. This new package, built specifically for the "Connected Car", allows real-time information updating from online content into the navigation system.

    -Vehicle Telematics and Digital Health seem to be growing components of what CES is about. Various vendors have released new lines of Telematic devices, ranging from Belkin to Verizon. Seems telematic systems will soon be mainstream.

    -Seemingly every automotive electronics affiliate misses our very own Rob Wray!

    Misses:
    -Double-DIN computing platforms are all but extinct this year. It appears that vehicle design engineers have successfully phased out the days of simple add-on systems.

    -Not much has been updated in the world of 7" touchscreen.

    -Windows CE 6.0 is still seemingly a viable platform for embedded systems.


    Much more information and photos to come!
  2. GPS Review: Comparing the BU-353 with the new BU-353 S4 edition

    by , 06-01-2012 at 01:57 PM

    Looking for a new USB GPS device for your car PC installation? Check out this video on the latest entry from USGlobalSat, the BU-353 S4 and see how it compares to the forum favorite, BU-353.
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  3. Community edits ignite TeleAtlas map database with 1.25 million edits

    by , 09-29-2009 at 09:49 AM
    • The validation and realignment of 116,000 kilometers (72,000 miles) of secondary roads in the United States, a complement to the existing freeway network already in the database;
    • The validation and realignment of approximately 25,000 kilometers (15,500 miles) in Germany, covering the country’s entire freeway network; and
    • The addition of more than 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) of new road geometry in Ireland and more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) in Turkey.
    • More Details in the press release here.

    Updated 09-29-2009 at 10:00 AM by optikalefx

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  4. Open Source Turn by Turn iPhone App using Open Street Maps - Navit

    by , 06-30-2009 at 10:34 AM


    Navit is an open source turn by turn directions app using the free Open Street Maps.

    It is important to note that both the app and the routing engine, along with the map data are all Open Source!

    The app is in beta still and can be downloaded using Cydia.
    Add this source http://szndvc.dyndns.org/cydia/
    and then search for "navit"

    You need a planet.bin file of the Open street maps data. You can use this http://maps.navit-project.org/planet.bin but they have a tool that lets you select a portion of the map to download.
    http://maps.navit-project.org/download/
    That file will go on your iPhone at var/mobile/Media/Maps/planet.bin

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:57 PM by optikalefx

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  5. Elektrobit - Linux navigation at Detroit Telematics 2009

    by , 06-12-2009 at 12:58 PM

    Embed this video



    Rob Wray from mp3Car interviews Artur Seidel from Elektrobit.

    The following questions are addressed:

    What is Elektrobit?
    How do different navigation components work?

    If your a developer, what volumes will you need to buy into to develop with Elektrobit?

    Do you take any traffic feeds right out of the box?

    How is Elektrobit distinguish itself from the competition?

    Updated 06-18-2010 at 12:44 PM by optikalefx

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