Official: Nokia wants in on in-dash navigation with Here Auto

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Nokia is working on a cloud-based in-car navigation system with smartphone connectivity called Here Auto.

Last November, Nokia introduced a cloud-based mapping service called Here for smartphones. Now the company wants to integrate Here Auto into your car’s navigation system, and it has some features that could make it a legitimate alternative to other navigation options.

According to Nokia’s blog, the service consists of a navigation program that can be embedded into a car’s navigation system, the smartphone companion app and a cloud service. Here Auto is best used with the smartphone companion app – Nokia designed it with smartphone connectivity in mind. The service features a trip planner accessed via the companion app or the website; voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation in 95 countries; traffic rerouting; fuel price listings; street-level images; parking availability and indoor maps when approaching a destination.

Perhaps the slickest feature of the system is that it can give users voice-guided directions whether there’s mobile coverage or not, but the system needs it to give real-time map updates such as traffic and weather.

Nokia is teaming with Continental, a parts supplier that works with Google and IBM, to shop around for automakers that want to integrate it into their vehicles’ navigation systems. Nokia says Here Auto already is integrated into Continental’s next-generation Open Infotainment Platform. For right now, however, the companion app is only offered on Android and Windows Phone.

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Official: Nokia wants in on in-dash navigation with Here Auto

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Nokia is working on a cloud-based in-car navigation system with smartphone connectivity called Here Auto.

Last November, Nokia introduced a cloud-based mapping service called Here for smartphones. Now the company wants to integrate Here Auto into your car’s navigation system, and it has some features that could make it a legitimate alternative to other navigation options.

According to Nokia’s blog, the service consists of a navigation program that can be embedded into a car’s navigation system, the smartphone companion app and a cloud service. Here Auto is best used with the smartphone companion app – Nokia designed it with smartphone connectivity in mind. The service features a trip planner accessed via the companion app or the website; voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation in 95 countries; traffic rerouting; fuel price listings; street-level images; parking availability and indoor maps when approaching a destination.

Perhaps the slickest feature of the system is that it can give users voice-guided directions whether there’s mobile coverage or not, but the system needs it to give real-time map updates such as traffic and weather.

Nokia is teaming with Continental, a parts supplier that works with Google and IBM, to shop around for automakers that want to integrate it into their vehicles’ navigation systems. Nokia says Here Auto already is integrated into Continental’s next-generation Open Infotainment Platform. For right now, however, the companion app is only offered on Android and Windows Phone.

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Pioneer debuts first augmented reality navigation system

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Pioneer AVIC-VH09CS

Pioneer’s AVIC-VH09CS has all the techie trappings you’d expect from an in-dash navigation system: A seven-inch LCD, DVD and CD player, USB and SD card slots, and Bluetooth connectivity. But what sets it apart is the addition of the Augmented Reality (AR) Scouter Mode.

The double-din head-unit wirelessly connects to a camera installed on the windshield, streaming video and layering the sat-nav information over the image. The system integrates with the road, highlighting lanes, identifying stores and creating 3D representations of destinations so you know exactly where you’re going. It even allows you to “augment” the vehicle in front of you, so if that minivan is too staid for your tastes, the system will superimpose something sexier (think Ferrari) on top.

The AVIC-VH09CS is due to go on sale later this month. The bad news: It’s only available in Japan and comes in at $3,700.

[Source: Pioneer via CrunchGear]

Pioneer debuts first augmented reality navigation system originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 09 May 2011 18:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Navigation concept from MIT and Volkswagen projects 3D image on windshield

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AIDA 2.0

AIDA 2.0 provides a glimpse at our distracted future – Click above to watch video after the jump

If the idea of someone playing with their phone while driving sounds distracting, then wait until you see the latest navigation concept from MIT and Volkswagen. Called the AIDA Project, this technology joint venture between MIT’s SENSEable City Lab and VW stands for Affective, Intelligent Driving Agent.

Using a series of 3D projectors, a large map would take up residence in the unused space on top of the dashboard. Route guidance, destination information, infotainment options and a host of other features would all be controlled via hand gestures that are sensed by the AIDA 2.0 system.

This makes for very cool-looking tech, but we have to think Ray LaHood would plotz if this ever becomes reality. Also, we think the city of Boston may be virtual in the video demonstration due to the lack of middle fingers being tossed around as if they were Dunkin Donuts Munchkins. Check out AIDA 2.0 by clicking past the jump.

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Navigation concept from MIT and Volkswagen projects 3D image on windshield originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 06 May 2011 16:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Emotionally sensitive satellite navigation systems in development?

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Navigation system

It’s one of the great ironies of our age that many of the devices that were crafted to make our lives easier are more prone to catapulting us into fits of blinding rage. Anyone who’s been led astray by satellite navigation knows exactly what we’re talking about. But what if your devices knew that you were upset with them and could alter their behavior accordingly? Researchers at Cambridge University are working on new technology that could create emotionally-sensitive robotics to reduce driver distraction and curb road rage.

The tech uses a range of sensors to detect everything from facial expressions to hand gestures and even the user’s tone of voice. Researchers are hoping that in the future, vehicles will be able to uses similar data to decrease the volume of the radio or mute cell phone calls if they sense that the driver is upset or agitated. Still, don’t expect your next new car to be able to sense your emotional state. According to The Daily Telegraph, mainstream application of the tech is still long way off.

[Source: The Telegraph]

Emotionally sensitive satellite navigation systems in development? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Jan 2011 17:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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