It took decades to get a proper navigation system into cars. The first one you could buy, from Honda, was pretty terrible. But Mercedes had another navigation prototype in the 1980s. It used the power of magnets, and it looks even worse.
The Global Positioning System constellation of satellites has been helping lost travelers find their way for a while now, but they only really started showing up in cars in the mid- to late- 1990s, and in big numbers even later than that. But the first automotive navigation system was offered over thirty years ago.
A recent survey from social science research firm NuStats, finds drivers using sat-nav systems use 12% less fuel than GPS-less motorists. Also, they were found to be 24% less "manly."
The XROADS G-Map software brings turn-by-turn capabilities to the Apple iPhone, bridging the gap between the device and a typical GPS systems. Does it work?
BMW is reportedly developing a new navigation element which can guess your next destination based on driving habit and time of day. BMW is sorry Dave, it cannot let you put this route at risk.
Until this point, Ford's Sync with Sirius travelink has been our undisputed champ of navigation system greatness, but with the announcement of updates to the Audi MMI system, that crown may be up for grabs.
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…