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News: Garmin launch new Dash Cameras

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Garmin have bolstered their range of drive recorders with two new models, the Dash Cam 45 and Dash Cam 55.

In addition to the drive recorder/eye witness functionality, the new units have automatic incident detection using a G-Sensor to save recorded footage, GPS, and advanced driver alert features including forward collision alerts and lane departure warnings.

The new models also support voice control enabling drivers to start and stop recordings without having to interact with the device. The Dash Cam 55 has a maximum video resolution of 1440p using a 3.7 megapixel sensor whereas the Dash Cam 45 supports a maximum of 1080p via a 2.1 megapixel sensor. Both feature 2-inch LCD displays.

It is also possible to use the camera to capture a 'Travelapse', a video capture of an entire journey that compresses hours of footage into a few minutes, a novel new feature.

Both models will be available to buy soon, the Dash Cam 55 has a suggested RRP of £149.99 and the Dash Cam 45 £129.99.

Source: garmin.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, March 24 @ 05:51:20 EDT

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News: First Of 8 New Speed Cameras To Go Live

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New average speed cameras, on the A6 Preston on the stretch between Capitol Centre at Winery Lane and Albyn Street East, will begin operation today.

These point-to-point cameras lead the way for a further seven camera systems planned for Lancashire.

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Posted by rob brady on Thursday, March 23 @ 07:48:05 EDT

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News: New Speed Cameras For Surrey

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Average speed cameras are set to replace the fixed cameras on the A3 Esher Bypass in Surrey.

The point-to-point digital cameras will supersede the old wet film ones on the 50mph northbound carriageway.

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Posted by rob brady on Saturday, March 18 @ 08:47:02 EDT

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News: SpaceX wins second GPS launch contract

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Space X has won it's second contract to launch the next generation of GPS satellites beating United Launch Alliance (ULA) to secure the $96m deal.

It's the first time Space X has beaten ULA. As we reported back in August 2016, ULA did not compete for the first contract as its Atlas 5 launcher was not expected to be ready in time. ULA has been the launch partner for 12 of the current GPS satellites so the loss of this contract will be a big blow to the company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

The launch is expected to take place early 2019 and it is likely that they will use their Falcon launch vehicle which has a first stage that can land back on earth for re-use.

Source: spacex.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, March 17 @ 06:50:35 EDT

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News: Alfa Romeo's new SUV will come with TomTom navigation

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At Connected Car Detroit, Alfa Romeo announced that their first ever sports utility vehicle, the Alfa Romeo STELVIO, will be equipped with TomTom navigation, software and maps, globally.

UK STELVIOs will be available in three trim levels and all will come equipped with an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard. This includes TomTom’s NavKit Engine, including turn-by-turn navigation, automatic zooming, advanced lane guidance and slope data.

"The launch of the STELVIO SUV is a major milestone in the history of the Alfa Romeo brand, and we’re delighted to be the navigation provider,” said Antoine Saucier, Managing Director of Automotive at TomTom."

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, March 17 @ 06:34:48 EDT

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News: Driver Accused Of Speeding 10 Times In 6 Weeks

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A driver from Lowestoft, Suffolk has been accused of ten speeding offences in the space of just six weeks.

The majority of the alleged offences were caught by average speed cameras on the A14 at the Orwell Bridge, just south of Ipswich - the point-to-point cameras were first activated in July.

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, March 14 @ 08:50:33 EDT

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News: Leicestershire Consider More Cameras

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Leicestershire County Council are considering seven new locations for average speed cameras at a cost of £500,000.

The proposed sitings are the villages of...
Sharnford
Woodhouse Eaves
Measham
Walcote

and the...
B676 Melton
A6 Harborough Road at Oadby
A50 Field Head to its boundary with the city of Leicester

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, March 10 @ 07:09:55 EST

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News: BMW focusses on ConnectedDrive and CarPlay, NO Android Auto

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Following on from a newsletter editorial about CarPlay and Android Auto support a few weeks back, BMW have revealed that they will not be offering Android Auto in future models.

At Mobile World Congress Barcelona last month they were demonstrating their self-driving car development and disclosed that whilst they will be offering Apple CarPlay on new models they have chosen not to support Android Auto, citing control over the customer interface and brand experience as deciding factors.

They further explained that even Apple CarPlay will not be the core focus, instead they are developing their own solution, Apps for Auto, which will be part of their existing ConnectedDrive service.

It's a move that is sure to frustrate owners, the beauty of offering CarPlay AND Android Auto support is you leave the choice of phone platform to the user. Dictating choice in this way is sure to anger owners and may even lose them sales when the next purchase is due. Developing your own competing service in-house goes against the entire point of these services, they will always be playing catch up with the features available via smartphone apps.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, March 10 @ 04:28:39 EST

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News: Volvo Chooses TomTom HD Mapping for Self-Driving Cars

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TomTom have announced that Volvo will be using their mapping for their autonomous car system "Drive Me". The Drive Me system will be tested on public roads in Sweden throughout 2017 and make use of the HD mapping data provided by TomTom.

Volvo’s research project into autonomous driving will involve real drivers integrating autonomous driving into their daily lives on public roads. The first group of drivers will be recruited in Gothenburg, Sweden, with further pilot schemes organised in London and China.

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Posted by MaFt on Thursday, March 09 @ 14:50:31 EST

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News: New Average Speed Cameras for West Midlands

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July 18th will see the introduction of new average speed cameras in the West Midlands.

The point-to-point speed cameras will be activated in Birmingham and Solihull and detect speeding vehicles through Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, March 07 @ 07:16:56 EST

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News: Bridge Speeders Halve In One Month

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The number of speeding drivers on the Orwell Bridge have been halved in one month. Just 297 drivers were caught by average speed cameras in January – down from 629 in December.

The bridge carries traffic over the River Orwell just south of Ipswich in Suffolk.

When the cameras were first activated in July, 1,699 motorists were ticketed - they are clearly having the desired effect.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, March 03 @ 08:47:13 EST

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News: New Mobile Phone Penalties Affect SatNav Use Too

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Penalties for drivers caught using a mobile phone increased on March 1st with a fine of £200 and six penalty points.

But many are confused about when and where they can use their phone legally and few realise that these penalties also affect using your smartphone as a satnav too.

It is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone whilst you are driving. This also applies to internet connected devices such as tablets and media players. The 'whilst driving' part means anytime you are not parked so using whilst stuck in traffic, at a red light etc is also prohibited.

If you are using your phone in satnav mode then you should have it in a fixed holder and may not interact with it at all. So no tapping menus, switching modes etc. Dedicated satnav devices are not included in this legislation but if you're distracted whilst using one then existing careless or dangerous driving legislation can be used.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, March 03 @ 03:37:18 EST

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News: Average Speed Cameras Catch 16000

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Speed cameras that were turned on in Birmingham in August have already snared almost 16,000 speeders.

The average speed camera fines, if paid in full, would amount to nearly £1.6m.

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, February 28 @ 10:09:34 EST

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News: SpaceX's Dragon capsule delays ISS dock after GPS glitch

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After a liftoff from the historic Apollo launchpad at Kennedy Space Center, SpaceX's Dragon CRS-10 capsule was forced to wave off an approach to the International Space Station in the middle of its final approach on Wednesday.

CRS-10 is a cargo resupply mission but is also carrying the SAGE III Earth observation experiment and its accompanying Nadir viewing platform. The launch went to plan with the first stage returning for a pinpoint landing back at Cape Canaveral.

However during the planned approach to the ISS errors in an ISS State Vector and a GPS error were flagged by Dragon's flight computer and the erroneous data, required to maintain a proper alignment on approach, resulted in an abort. The Dragon capsule moved away from the station and returned 24hrs later for another attempt, this time everything went as planned and the capsule docked with the station .

CRS-10 will remain docked until late March before reentrering the atmosphere for a splashdown and recovery in the Pacific.

Source: spacex.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, February 23 @ 16:54:53 EST

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News: The Sat-Nav Is Dead. Long Live GPS-Based Fitness Devices!

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We've seen for some time now that as more and more people rely on their smartphones for navigation, the humble 'Sat Nav', or PND (Personal Navigation Device) has slowly been pushed to one side. So what is the future for GPS-based devices?

Pebble's smartwatches moved more towards a fitness theme, so much so that they were bought out by Fitbit at the end of 2016. Garmin have, for some time, made GPS-based fitness watches/trackers and TomTom joined in a few years ago with their Sport watches too.

Garmin's recently published reports show that, for the first time, their fitness sales ($274m) have overtaken their automotive sales ($226m) for the last quarter of 2016. Fitness devices are clearly the future of GPS-based consumer technology. However, the humble Sat Nav still has a role to play with navigation as they generally allow more customisation (like our speed camera database) than the smartphone apps can offer. Just don't expect much in the way of new features - unless it's fitness-based!

Source: Garmin Newsroom

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Posted by MaFt on Thursday, February 23 @ 15:27:09 EST

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