Wean Yourself Off Your GPS Dependency and Actually Find Your Way Around

I just moved to a new city, and I live and die by my phone’s GPS. But as a result, I’ve realized that I still don’t know anything about how the city is laid out, nor can I make a simple drive to my friend’s house—where I’ve been many times—without my GPS navigating me. If your sense of direction is similarly lacking… »6/20/15 3:04pm6/20/15 3:04pm

How The New Cold War Is Improving Your Navigation

Ever contemplated going to war with America, but been thwarted when the Great Satan switched off your access to its navigation satellites? That’s potentially a real problem for China and Russia, but the real victor in this navigational arms race might be you; it’s improving the quality of location data on your phone… »4/29/15 7:12pm4/29/15 7:12pm

Apple Wants To Make Navigation Like A Friend Reading You Directions

Apple has filed for a patent titled “Humanized Navigation Instructions for Mapping Applications.” It’s exactly what it sounds like, nixing voice prompts that say, “turn right in 600 feet” to “make the next right after the McDonalds.” And it could explain its fleet of sensor-laden minivans.
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This Heads-Up Display Puts the App Info You Need On Your Windshield

Using your smartphone or tablet while driving is not only illegal in most sane states, it's also just a dangerously stupid thing to do behind the wheel. But since access to your device can make your travels easier, the dashboard-mounted Navdy provides a heads-up display that shares info from your devices, and lets you… »8/05/14 12:49pm8/05/14 12:49pm

Could vibrating Bluetooth shoes help you race?

If you've ever experienced haptic feedback in a car (GM's terrifying butt-shakers come to mind—those suckers really get your attention), you'll probably see where this is going. These Lechal haptic-feedback shoes use Bluetooth connectivity to give you quick navigational hints.

Walking to a restaurant in an unfamiliar… »8/01/14 6:43pm8/01/14 6:43pm

Garmin's New HUD Projects Turn-by-Turn Directions Onto Any Windshield

When most of us think of heads-up displays, our brains almost immediately wander into science fiction fantasies. And lord knows I've been fantasizing about a relatively inexpensive unit that will put turn-by-turn navigation on my windshield. Goodbye, awkward smartphone mount, hello, Garmin HUD. »7/09/13 8:56am7/09/13 8:56am

Should There Be A Standard User Interface For Cars?

By now, most of you realize that I'm an idea man. My mind takes the nutrient-rich paste editor Hardigree euphemistically calls "food" when he shoves it into my work-pod, and turns it into pure, unadulterated ideas. Of course, 90% of the resulting ideas are total crap, and of the remaining 10%, 90% of those are ideas… »12/20/12 12:00pm12/20/12 12:00pm