Voices of the industry

In-Dash Apps, a New Walled Garden? € - 07/05/2011

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a conference in Berlin named “Navigation Strategies Europe”. Having over 100 industry leaders in one room, brought up some very interesting discussion on the future of In Car Navigation. Hearing the Car Industry...

Google Retreats on Street View; Microsoft, NAVTEQ Just Get Started - 04/14/2011

The last few days saw both Google confirming it will not be collecting any more pictures for its Street View service in Germany and Microsoft/NAVTEQ announcing the collection of street pictures across Europe. Google, which launched Street...

GPS Business News: Over Half a Million Impressions in January 2011 - 02/02/2011

GPS Business News reached another milestone in January 2011 with 578,533 pages viewed, 72,265 visits and 26,165 unique visitors. The website also experienced its largest peak ever during the CES trade show in Las Vegas, counting over 39,000...

“LBS is moving from Maps and Navigation to Places“ - 03/07/2011

GPS Business News interviewed with Marc Prioleau, Principal at Prioleau Advisors, a Palo Alto, California-based consultancy firm providing strategic and M&A advisory services for the location market. In this 20 minutes exclusive podcast...

PND Market in Need of Change: Business Model or Innovation? € - 04/12/2011

In a new report “Personal Navigation Devices: Making Money from a Declining Market,” IT market monitoring firm ABI Research forecasts a grim future for Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs). “Over-inflated shipments generated by ‘price wars’...

Wrapping up CES 2011 - 01/12/2011

As the CES 2011 trade show came to an end, it is important to make sense of new trends affecting the consumer electronics industry and subsequently the GPS business itself. First of all it is interesting to see that consumer telematics has...

Research: 13 Contributors per km2 Key to OpenStreetMap Accuracy € - 11/29/2010

INTERVIEW: Study into quality of OpenStreetMap data finds much to applaud but stresses use-case crucial in whether to chose the free map over a commercial one. GPS Business News spoke to Dr Muki Haklay, of University College London, about his...

Shameless Google Uses Volunteers to Build Local Maps in Africa - 11/23/2010

In a post on a Google Blog yesterday we learned that the search giant invited 60 of Google Map Maker’s top users in Africa to a community workshop in Nairobi. After a long blabla explaining that these people are citizen cartographers, the blog post...

What’s The Big Deal: Facebook Deals - 11/08/2010

Last week Facebook introduced “Deals”, a platform that allows local merchants and retailers to offer coupons to Facebook mobile users (in the U.S. thus far) who check-in at their locations. Wilson Kerr, founder and consultant at Location Based...

Why Connected PNDs Could Get Subsidized by Wireless Operators - 09/28/2010

We hear they are a dying breed, slow, outdated, outsmarted by phones… still there is plenty of life left in the PND category and the next generation of connected PND will have what it takes to attract operators interests. Mobile operators are still...

Why Garmin Should Acquire TeleNav - 10/11/2010

A few weeks ago, Kevin Rauckman, Garmin’s Chief Financial Officer publicly stated that his company would review the future of Nuvifone - their smartphone initiative in partnership with ASUS - within the next six months (read here). Thus far...

Traffic Data Quality Will Determine Telematics Winners € - 08/25/2010

The gold standard for telematics success is daily relevance. One of the greatest challenges for companies introducing telematics systems and solutions is to bring daily relevance to their offerings. Human beings are creatures of habit, which means...
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