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Free Life Time Map Updates and price reduction for nuvi 55

Garmin Thailand’s decreasing price for nuvi 55 (4,990 THB 3,990 THB). Also adds extra, great feature. Now the nuvi 55 is available with Free Life Time Map Updates.

If you already bought this unit a few days/weeks ago, you are still entitled to the Free Life Time Map Updates. All the units of nuvi 55 bought this year (2015) will be able to register for free future map updates.

If you purchase the unit from today onward, it will be automatically entitled to the free updates.

If you purchased the unit earlier this year, you will have to make a call to ESRI: 02-2669944 (have ready your warranty and receipt).

Few facts about nuvi 55:

  • first introduced in Thailand in July 2014
  • dual orientation 5″ display
  • comes with preloaded maps for Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei
  • speaks streets names
  • provides line assist, junction view as well as predicts your route (myTrends)
  • auto sorts multiple destinations
  • displays upcoming points of interest along the route

Garmin Updates & Downloads – Dakota v.3.30

GPS Garmin Updates & Downloads – Dakota (WebUpdater) software version 3.30

WebUpdater is required to install this file ? What is this?

Change History
Some of the? changes made from version 3.10 to 3.30:

  • Added ability to move waypoints using the map
  • Added ability to set user declination direction
  • Added Automatic Shaded Relief option
  • Added brightness adjustments for BirdsEye imagery
  • Added display color to track gpx files
  • Added Geocache filtering. Select Setup > Geocaches to add custom filters
  • Added import indicator for gpx files
  • Added multicaching support
  • Added periodic track archiving
  • Added track review page improvements
  • Updated map review of tracks and routes. The distance shown is now the distance along the route or track.

Source: Garmin International

Garmin’s nuvi 3790T CNET Editor’s choice

Garmin’s nuvi 3790T CNET Editor’s choice

“The slim profile and large, sharp screen make this n?vi one of the most portable and best-looking standalone GPS devices that we’ve tested,” raved CNET in their just-posted review of the n?vi 3790T. In fact, they were so impressed with this n?vi’s design, features and performance, they gave it 4.5 stars and deemed the new 3790T an Editors’ Choice pick! In addition to being the “best looking” PND they’ve tested, CNET also liked the voice command feature that lets you truly be hands-free by speaking the words you see on the screen or by speaking certain commands, the included traffic data, and Bluetooth capability. The bottom line? According to CNET, “the Garmin n?vi 3790T is an exceptional portable navigation device with just the right blend of form and function.”

Source: http://garmin.blogs.com/

India Launches Satellite-Based Navigation System

GAGAN – Indian satellite-based navigation system

India Tuesday launched a satellite-based navigation system to aid air traffic in the region and joined a select club of nations which have similar capabilities.

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel launched the Global Position System Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (gagan) based on a constellation of 24 satellites positioned in six earth-centred orbital planes.

gagan will provide seamless coverage of air traffic from south Asia to Africa and connect to the systems of Europe and Japan. It is also expected to enhance marine and transport navigation, search and rescue operations, survey and mapping. (…)

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Russian satnav system in new cars from 2012

GLONASS in all new cars from 2012

All new Russian cars could come equipped with Moscow’s GLONASS satellite navigation system, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said (…), with a tax to be levied on the rival GPS system.

“I think that from 2012 all new cars could be sold with the system built in so as to raise the level of road security,” Russian news agencies quoted Putin as saying.

Putin said that GLONASS, which was invented by the military in the 1980s to compete with the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and will in the future face competition from Europe’s Galileo, was being successfully developed.

Six new satellites are to be launched this year, Putin said, which will add to the network criss-crossing the planet and provide global navigation coverage.

Putin said in April that Russia is to spend 1.7 billion rubles (42.5 million euros, 58 million dollars) developing the system next year compared to 2.0 billion rubles this year and 2.5 billion rubles in 2009.

Deputy Prime Minister Serei Ivanov meanwhile announced that he would seek a 25 percent import tax on GPS systems from 2011, the Ria Novosti news agency reported.

Source: Space Daily

Chines GPS – Beidou

Chines GPS – Beidou

At 5:30 on Sunday morning, the Chinese government fired a Long March 3A rocket into orbit. It carried a navigation satellite ? the fifth in a planned constellation of 30 or more Beidou orbiters that Beijing hopes will soon rival America?s Global Positioning System. (…)
Sunday?s satellite makes the fifth orbiter in the Beidou constellation, and the third launched this year. Another eight to 10 are supposed to be into space by 2012, providing regional coverage. By 2020, Beidou is supposed to ring the globe. (…)

Source: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/08/latest-launch-brings-china-closer-to-gps-of-its-own/

Free voice navigation from MapQuest

iPhone & BlackBerry Maps & Directions for free!!!

Driving around a strange city without a GPS can be cumbersome–but driving around with a GPS that won’t talk to you can be downright dangerous. Thankfully, MapQuest has just announced that its free MapQuest 4 Mobile navigation app is now capable of providing turn-by-turn directions in the form of voice prompts.

In a post on its official blog, the company indicates that version 4 of MapQuest for iPhone can keep track of the phone’s position

MapQuest 4 Mobile

as you drive and audibly alert you to upcoming turns as you approach them. The app will also inform you of missed turns and give you the opportunity of rerouting your course as appropriate (you do, however, need to push a button to do so).

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Source: http://www.pcworld.com/