This Experimental Bicycle Is Actually A Revolutionary Navigation System

Remember when Google Maps started letting you compare travel time between "driving, walking, public transport?" Probably not, because we take it for granted. Now Ford is experimenting with a vehicle-and-nav-system pairing that's just as versatile. » 3/02/15 6:25pm 3/02/15 6:25pm

​You'll Never Give Your Uber Driver Directions Again

Uber's latest update for its mobile apps finally solves one of the biggest problems with the service: drivers having no damn clue where they're going. » 8/13/14 1:01pm 8/13/14 1:01pm

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 12:49pm 8/05/14 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 6:43pm 8/01/14 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 8:56am 7/09/13 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 12:00pm 12/20/12 12:00pm

Apple Maps Vs Google Maps: A Side By Side iPhone Comparison

We've talked plenty about the flaws inherent in Apple Maps, and where it differs from Google Maps on paper. But how wide is the disparity between the two in actuality? We stacked two iPhone 4Ses side-by-side (one running iOS 5, one running iOS 6, both on wi-fi with GPS on), and let the two mapping apps do battle. » 9/20/12 1:08pm 9/20/12 1:08pm

The remarkable life and sad death of the world’s most isolated tree

Hundreds of miles from the nearest tree, the Tree of Ténéré was a vital navigational waypoint in the heart of the Sahara. It marked the route between Niger and Algeria until it was knocked down by a Libyan trucker in 1973. » 11/03/11 2:00pm 11/03/11 2:00pm

Lawyers plot lawsuit over BMW nav system that skips their house

Normally the travails of two lawyers with a minor defect in their BMW 1-Series wouldn't be enough to even lift our fingers from the Xbox controlers, but when you're threatening lawsuits because your navigation system doesn't show your house, it's time to press pause. » 10/14/11 9:30am 10/14/11 9:30am

Let these Star Wars voices guide you to your destination

Just minutes ago, on a nav screen nearby, a runty little guy who talks in inverse construction, and a big dude with a voice like the "This Is CNN" guy became the voices of your turn-by-turn directions. Thanks to Garmin. » 8/04/11 2:30pm 8/04/11 2:30pm

MIT's AIDA GPS Navigator Will Dazzle You with Information and then…

MIT's last AIDA driving concept seemed dubious enough—a robotic backseat driver who'd give you navigational (and emotional!) feedback. Still, annoying at worse. But 2.0, amazing as it seems, looks like it would amaze you into a flaming wreck. » 5/05/11 12:00am 5/05/11 12:00am

Great Gifts for Bad Drivers

Loved ones are loved ones—who cares if they think Stop signs are short for "Stoptional?" They still deserve the very best! Enhance their driving this holiday with a few gifts for the bad driver. » 11/20/10 11:45am 11/20/10 11:45am

Audi A8: World's First Google Earth-Enabled In-Car Nav System

The 2011 Audi A8 continues to set the full-size sedan gadget bar higher with the integration of Google Earth and terrain-mapping into its 8-inch LCD screen. Now you can find a Starbucks... in 3D! » 12/16/09 12:30pm 12/16/09 12:30pm

TomTom Go x40 LIVE Lets Users Inform Each Other Of Speed Traps, Uses…

The new TomTom » 8/29/08 12:30pm 8/29/08 12:30pm Go x40 LIVE series of GPS navigation units allows users to update maps on the fly with the positions of police speed traps and traffic cameras, thus alerting other TomTom users in the area of their presence. Also stored within the system is historical travel time data for every road by day of the week,…

Accessing Maps On Mobile Devices Jumps 82% In US

If you're squinting at a poorly-rendered map on your Blackberry, turns out you're not alone. According to an industry report released today, up to 8% of Americans are now downloading driving directions and online maps via mobile devices, which equates to a whopping 82% increase over last year. Ironic that mobile map… » 7/24/08 4:20pm 7/24/08 4:20pm

Dash Express GPS Navigation Could Be Commuter's Dream

I've had the chance to spend a couple of weeks with the Dash Express GPS unit that most notably features two-way communication via Wi-Fi and GPRS for live active traffic data, Yahoo Local search instead of the standard list of points of interest and a robust customizable applications system. It was built to be the… » 7/11/08 1:00pm 7/11/08 1:00pm

iPhone GPS Worse Than Expected

We apologize for getting your hopes up about the iPhone's GPS capabilities, because with the release just days away, the first reviews of the device are pouring in and there's some bad news about the GPS functionality. Or lack thereof. David Pogue of The New York Times points out that the iPhone 2.0, while it still… » 7/10/08 1:20pm 7/10/08 1:20pm

Mio Joins The Cellphone-Enabled GPS Club

Recently passing through the ringer at the Federal Communications Commission was the Mio Moov 380. When Mio isn't putting tons of research and development funding into "vintage" GPS devices, the company is following Garmin, Magellan and Dash by integrating cellular abilities into GPS navigation devices. But the… » 6/27/08 2:30pm 6/27/08 2:30pm

How Much Is Too Much For GPS? How About A G?

Garmin's ever-expanding line of GPS navigation units is getting an expensive new addition. The Garmin Nuvi 880 is now available for pre-order at Amazon for a ridiculous, ball-busting $1,000. You're probably telling yourself that a GPS system had better be able to read your mind and make coffee to be worth $1,000,… » 6/18/08 3:20pm 6/18/08 3:20pm