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News: Galileo Security Offices Moving from UK Due to Brexit

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The European Commission have announced that part of the infrastructure for Europe's Galileo Satellite Navigation system is to be moved from London to Spain due the the UK's upcoming exit from the European Union.

The main security monitoring station for Galileo will be in Paris, with the UK station being the back-up when Paris was offline. It was due to go online later this year. A spokesperson for the European Commission confirmed it was being moved "as consequence of the UK withdrawal from the EU".

The Galileo system is due to be operational from 2020.

Source: Independent

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Posted by MaFt on Thursday, January 18 @ 10:59:02 EST

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News: Dummy Speed Camera Set Alight

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A speed camera has been targeted for destruction even though it has not been active for almost five years.

An arsonist risked prosecution by setting the fixed speed camera alight on Stafford Road in Wolverhampton.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, January 12 @ 06:15:49 EST

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News: Waze Navigation App Coming to FordSync 3 Dashboards

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Ford drivers with the FordSync 3 infotainment system (2016 and onwards) will soon be able to use the Waze navigation app through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in their car. The Google-owned app uses crowd-sourced data for reporting congestion and accidents.

iPhone support will be coming soon via an over-the-air update and Android support will be added later in the year.

"At launch in the coming weeks, any 2018 model year Ford vehicle equipped with SYNC 3 version 3.0 or greater will be able to run Waze on its touch screen. Other SYNC 3-enabled Ford vehicles can receive an over-the-air update or an update via USB to enable Waze functionality."

Source: Ford

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Posted by MaFt on Thursday, January 11 @ 10:13:04 EST

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News: Voice Control Coming: Ford, Toyota, Lexus, BMW, Kia and More

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Smart seems to be all the rage at the moment: smart homes, smart speakers and now smart cars. Ford, Toyota, Lexus, BMW and Kia have all announced they they are bringing Amazon's Alexa, or Google's Assistant, voice control to their cars, and their homes, in the very near future.

Ford
Alexa integration will allow you to check the status of your electric car from inside your home and, later in the year, all Ford Sync3-equipped cars will have full voice control while driving. Such as listening to audio books, getting navigation directions, adding items to shopping lists etc.

Source: Ford

Toyota
Toyota have stated that vehicles with the Entune 3.0 infotainment system will start to get Alexa capabilities this year. More cars will get Alexa throughout 2019.

Source: The Verge

Lexus
Lexus models with the Enform 2.0 system will start to get Alexa capabilities this year. More cars will get Alexa throughout 2019.

Source: The Verge

Kia
Kia have announced that they will bring Google Assistant to a handful of it's 2018 models via the UVO infotainment systems on the new Niro PHEV, Soul EV, Optima PHEV and K900.

Source: The Verge

BMW
Announced last year, BMW have said that Amazon Alexa will be available in all 2018 model year BMW and MINI vehicles from mid-2018 in the US, UK, and Germany.

Source: Amazon

Everyone Else
For everyone else, there is Anker's $50 solution, the Roav VIVA - a Bluetooth charger with Alexa built in. Simply ask Alexa to open your navigation app on your phone, to play you some music, to read you an audio book or just make a handsfree phone call.

Source: Roav


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Posted by MaFt on Wednesday, January 10 @ 14:58:29 EST

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News: 10000 Caught Speeding On One Stretch Of A12

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Over 10,000 speeding drivers have been caught by cameras on a stretch of the A12 last year.

Average speed cameras have been monitoring the stretch in Suffolk, just north of the Essex border, since summer 2015.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, January 10 @ 06:39:10 EST

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News: Garmin Announce Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa and Dashcam

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Garmin have announced an upgraded version of their Speak device: the Speak Plus. Powered by Amazon Alexa, the Speak Plus is a small, voice-activated navigation device with built in dash cam. Used in conjunction with a smartphone app, the Speak Plus is able to give navigation directions, detect lane departures and forward collisions and can send video and stills to your smartphone from the dash cam.

Oddly, for an in-car device, you can control your smart home such as turning on lights or adjusting your home thermostat. You can also ask Alexa for facts and information about your location to keep passengers entertained. The Speak Plus can also play music from a number of services, via your smartphone, to your car's stereo.

The Garmin Speak Plus is available for pre-order in America for $199.99 to be shipped in February. There are no dates yet for the Speak or Speak Plus to be available outside America.

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Posted by MaFt on Monday, January 08 @ 10:44:19 EST

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News: Mobile POI Site for Smartphones Now Uses HTTPS!

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Nearly six years ago we launched our Mobile POI site for smartphones to easily find points of interest around you and also to submit them on the go. In recent months the functionality had stopped as most common browsers would not share your location over an 'insecure' website. It's taken a lot of work behind the scenes but we are now pleased to announce that the mobile POI site is now using secure HTTPS and is fully operational again!

So, head over to pocketgpsworld.com/mobilepoi to see what POIs are near you and get submitting any missing places.

On top of this we are busily working away behind the scenes to get the whole site running over HTTPS. As you can imagine, with over 16 years of PocketGPSWorld.com numerous 'admin' set-ups, page templates/themes, link formats, database systems, modified CMS's and thousands upon thousands of pages it is quite a task. We're nearly reaching the final phase of testing and once ready all visits will automatically use HTTPS.

Thanks for your patience!

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Posted by MaFt on Friday, January 05 @ 17:52:18 EST

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News: Smart Motorways Prove To Be Lucrative

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Four smart motorway speed cameras on the M1 in Derbyshire have caught 8,382 speeding drivers between Tibshelf services and junction 29A at Duckmanton in 2017 - meaning they are the highest earning cameras in Derbyshire.

One driver was caught at 128mph in a 50mph zone in a BMW X5.

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, January 02 @ 07:44:46 EST

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News: 14,500 Drivers Caught By A13 Cameras

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Over 14,500 speeding drivers have been caught by a set of speed cameras on the A13 in Essex. The cameras run between the Grays and Wennington junctions and were installed in April 2015.

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Posted by rob brady on Thursday, December 28 @ 09:12:00 EST

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News: Vandal Attacks Speed Camera

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A vandal has attacked a speed camera this week at an undisclosed site in Glasgow.

Safety Cameras Scotland said that not only has the perpetrator put lives at risk, but also thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused.

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Posted by rob brady on Sunday, December 17 @ 06:28:35 EST

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News: Jeremy Clarkson Says Speeding Makes You Clever

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Jeremy Clarkson, eh? Whether you love him or hate him, his opinions tend to make the news. This time it's the subject of speed and speed cameras.

In an article in The Big Issue, TV's Grand Tour presenter, Clarkson says that he doesn't like the act of travelling.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, December 13 @ 10:02:25 EST

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News: 4 More Galileo Satellites Launched into Orbit

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4 more Galileo satellites have been launched into orbit yesterday evening bringing the total in the constellation to 22. Earlier in the year there were problems with failing atomic clocks but these latest satellites have had that issue resolved.

There are 4 more satellites set to be launched in July 2018 to bring the constellation into completion.

Source: SpaceNews.com

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Posted by MaFt on Wednesday, December 13 @ 06:47:15 EST

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News: MSP Questions Speed Camera Promotion

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A Member of the Scottish Parliament, Liam Kerr, has questioned whether the almost 44,000 bill for promoting the safety benefits of speed cameras is money well spent.

Transport Scotland is promoting the use of 30 average speed cameras on a 50-mile stretch of the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road.

43,853 has been spent on the awareness initiative since March.

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, December 12 @ 06:23:17 EST

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News: Driver Caught On Speed Camera Using Rude Gesture

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A motorist has been caught making a rude gesture by a police officer using a speed camera.

Roofer Michael Carrick, 27, gave the w***er sign while passing the officer who was pointing a speeding gun at his van - Carrick believed he was within the speed limit.

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Posted by rob brady on Sunday, December 03 @ 06:38:47 EST

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News: Mystery Man Gets 54 Points In 6 Weeks

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A driver has managed to amass 54 points on his licence over a period of just six weeks.

A Ford Transit was caught speeding by speed cameras nine times on the A127 in Essex - consequently, the man who was believed to be the driver, 35 year old Michael James Keenan, was written to asking for confirmation of who was at the wheel on these occasions.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, November 29 @ 06:25:02 EST

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