It used to be thatyou asked for directions by telephone before you started your journey. Now people are using new technology to get directions while en route. Mobile telephone provider Verizon has begun offering third-party navigation and traffic information software on its GPS-enabled phones, which could make it difficult for consumers to justify the expense of a dedicated navigation system in their cars Read more . . .
Sirius Satellite Radio has forged a dealto provide comprehensive traffic data to vehicles over its nationwide satellite radio network. The company has partnered with NAVTEQ, a provider of mapping and traffic data reporting services, to offer its subscribers reliable traffic information in their vehicles. The new service will provide consumers with regularly updated traffic information, such as collisions, scheduled road closings, traffic flow data, or other traffic-related incidents to help them select the best available route. Traffic information will be integrated into new in-car navigation systems combining route guidance and mapping with traffic. Initially, the service will cover 30 markets and is expected to expand to over 50 markets. Read more . . .
There was a time not long ago when the hottest car accessories consisted of eight-track players and stick-on compasses. Thankfully, those days are long gone. But just because you drive a used car or truck, does not mean it can be outfitted to meet your own particular needs and desires.
The automobile has evolved from a simple means of transportation. Today, cars and trucks serve as mass transit systems for carpooling entire departments, recreational centers for road-weary children, and portable offices for mobile executives. With these changing times has come the demand for more gadgets and gizmos to ensure comfortable and productive travel: from coffee cup warmers and shiatsu seat covers, to DVD players and video game portals. One of the best examples of modern accessorizing is the GPS or Global Positioning System, which allows users to view local maps and receive accurate directions. These gadgets are of particular value to fast-moving professionals trying to navigate urban city streets. And travelers love them, too. Read more . . .