It has been quite a quiet week for GPS news. I guess this is due in part to the build up of the Mobile World Conference that will take place in Barcelona from March 2nd to 5th. This has become the most important event in the GPS/SatNav calendar since the decline of the PND and the rise of the SmartPhone.
Of course the term Mobile means more nowadays than just SmartPhones, it referrs to all sorts of connected devices, including cars. With the tumbling prices of data and international roaming becoming less of an issue connected systems are trending upwards. It will be interesting to see what is announced at this year's conference.
Review of the TomTom GO 60 SatNav
TomTom have a new range of connected SatNavs that are reverting to the original concept of using your phone data to provide a connection to the TomTom servers to get up to date information.
The new GO x0 devices are differentiated by size. The GO 40 has a 4.3" screen, the GO 50 has a 5" screen and the GO 60 has, you guessed it, a 6" screen. All of the models come with lifetime TomTom Traffic information and also lifetime Map updates.
As I am advancing in years I decided to opt for the TomTom GO 60 with the large 6" screen. The idea was that the larger the screen the better I would be able to read what is on it.
Dartford crossing cameras catch 300 percent more drivers
The number of drivers caught by a set of average speed cameras on the A282, the trunk road leading to the Queen Elizabeth II bridge at the Dartford Crossing, has increased by more than 300 percent in three years.
During 2014, the cameras caught nearly 35 drivers every day, likely to pull in approximately one million pounds in fines. The figures were obtained by the Essex Chronicle in a Freedom of Information request.
Speed Camera Data Updated - v13.023 - 18 Feb & This Week's Subscriber Award Winners
This week we have 48 static and mobile speed cameras added, removed or modified in the live database.
Of the 28 unique submitters that were first to submit qualifying reports this week, congratulations are due to the following five members, who have been awarded a one year subscription extension:
CAA_0205180645, CAA_0515101642, madhatter, ROO90, speninem.
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Six users missed out because they did not hold a valid subscription. The remaining 17 qualifying submissions came from lifetime members. Please join us in sending our thanks to them for taking the time and trouble to report speed cameras for the benefit of us all. They are:
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