Next Generation GPS

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Old 03-26-08, 04:22 PM
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Next Generation GPS

I saw an article in the paper about the next generation GPS.(Well, we knew that would happen as soon as we bought one!)

The upcoming systems will network with both the satellite and other cars on the road. So, if there's an accident ahead, you'll be able to "see" it courtesy of the travelers ahead of you.

Looks like it'll be coming soon, with an opening price around $700.00, but the features won't be so worthwhile until a lot of people have them. Too bad the next generation wasn't the First Generation!

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Old 03-26-08, 05:13 PM
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Next Gen

I looked it up and got a bunch of hits about military stuff,
but didn't see much about car nav.

I've not seen anything yet about car-to-car links.

It seems like car-to-car links would have to be RF and not really have any greater range than line-of-sight.

I would be interested in reading how it works.
Maybe it's like packet radio and every car has a short range UHF transceiver that acts as a repeater. Sending the data it hears, along to cars on the road behind it.?.

For now, I'm happy with my little Garmin Nuvi 200.
It gets me from point A to B pretty well.
 
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Old 03-26-08, 05:18 PM
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Hi Rich,

I confess I did not read that closely after I saw the price!

Try the Washington Post archives, I know I read it there, sometime in the last week. I meant to save it, but it went out with the recycles.

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Old 03-26-08, 06:45 PM
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Not sure if it is what you are talking about, Connie, but my GPS, Mio C320 (with an add on) will receive satellite signals of upcoming road congestion, accidents, etc. and will give you a heads up. Haven't priced the add on, yet. Live too far away from congestion and accidents to worry about it.
 
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Old 03-27-08, 01:56 AM
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Here's the article...

from the Washington Post about the new GPS.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...VI200803200380
 
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Old 03-27-08, 06:39 AM
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Not a member, but I did find the new device

Originally Posted by connie View Post
from the Washington Post about the new GPS.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...VI200803200380
Since "Dash Navigation" was in a header..

Checked the specs and found :

"Battery Life Approximately 2 hours of normal use with screen lit, and GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular receivers all on"

http://www.dash.net/product/traffic-ddn.php this explains it a little.
My guess is the wifi is not for calling the Dash servers, but a built in cell phone does that.

In other words, the traffic reports do not come down from a satellite.

The old FM TMC broadcast method seems like it might be better (Traffic Message Channel).
And it won't make the cell phone companies rich.. LOL!
 
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