Treasures from the Consumer Electronics Expo
Finding out about new product is always a thrill, especially if that product is going to benefit you in some way. Being an avid traveler and a person that likes to know where they’re going, you will undoubtedly love this brief rundown from the Consumer Electronics Expo on the new GPS navigation systems hitting the shelves in 2017.
You may have to prepare your wallet, for what’s in store are a necessity to those always looking to find their way.
Automotive GPS Navigation
Though wearable GPS technology from Garmin, New Balance, and Casio offered a big show at CES 2017, standard navigation systems still had an impressive presence. Amongst the incredible line-up of new technology hitting the market this year, TomTom, Clarion, and Ford motors emerged with improvements upon the current GPS market.
Combining entertainment with convenience, Clarion introduced its NX807, a flagship 7” HD touchscreen that aims to alter the CarPlay market. In competition with JVC and Kenwood, Clarion’s system offers an array of great features, including Bluetooth and rear-view camera support, but our eyes gravitated towards the embedded GPS navigation system. Designed for cars that aren’t equipped with built-in nav, Clarion’s NX807 upgrades a basic system with an intuitive and delightful option.
Sticking with automotive GPS navigation, the next offering to come from CES 2017 was Ford’s latest partnership and directional foray. Known as Sygic Car Navigation, Ford utilizes an Android and iOS compatible device to implement the first GPS app with touchscreen functionality compatible with Ford’s current Sync 3 AppLink. The system will connect with the 2018 Ford line-up and is activated by simply plugging a supported smartphone into the vehicle via USB.
When connected, Sygic projects the map and navigation to the vehicle’s much larger touchscreen in the dashboard. Amping up usability and versatility, Sygic is compatible with vehicle voice controls. The partnership connects Ford with over 150 million Sygic users and emphasizes user safety as the smartphone is locked on a splash screen.
Taking the stage and stealing the show when it comes to navigation was TomTom, which introduced two new units at CES – the TomTom VIA and TomTom GO. The VIA offers a sleek design with features new to the TomTom line-up like address search and advanced routing. Lifetime maps is also included, ensuring that the in-unit maps are consistently up to date and accurate. Available in 4”, 5”, and 6” touchscreens, the
VIA is slated to launch in March of 2017.
Serving as the tougher older brother of the VIA is the GO, which is equipped with the convenience of WiFi connectivity for on-the-go updating. For maximum safety, the GO is also able to read text messages, allows hands-free calling, and connects to everybody’s favorite digital assistants, Siri and Cortana.
As a first for TomTom, the GO is built with intelligence in mind and, overtime, can predict destinations and learn driver habits to set frequently visited destinations.
The Future of Navigation
There is always going to be a need for navigational systems and, if the past has taught us anything, companies like TomTom and Garmin are always going to work to improve upon the current models.