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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — North American PND sales at the retail level fell 28 percent in the third quarter to 1.1 million units from the year-ago period, GPS supplier TomTom said in its latest financial report.
The decline followed a second-quarter 27 percent decline to 1.3 million units and a first-quarter decline of 27 percent to 1.1 million units, previous financial reports stated.
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Hauppauge, N.Y. — The second new in-dash multimedia/navigation receiver unveiled by Jensen in recent weeks offers a 6.2-inch touchscreen, iPod/iPhone USB, AM/FM/DVD player, and stereo Bluetooth at a suggested $449.
The VX6020 ships in mid-September to join the previously announced flagship navigation receiver, the $549-suggested VM9726BT, also with 6.2-inch touchscreen. The new model hits a lower price point than before for a Jensen navigation receiver with similar features, the company said.
Santa Clara, Calif. -- MiTAC Digital plans to ship in early August its latest big-screen PND for RV users.
The $349-suggested Magellan RoadMate RV9365T-LMB has a 7-inch screen, joining two other 7-inch RV PNDs at $319 and $349 and a 5-inch model at $299.
Amsterdam – GPS supplier TomTom posted second-quarter and first-half net profit declines of 14 percent and 26 percent, respectively, on sales declines of 4 percent and 11 percent.
The second-quarter net profit of 7.7 million Euros, however, was enough to offset a 2 million Euro loss in the first quarter to maintain first-half profitability. The company returned to profitability in 2012 with a net profit of 129.2 million euros after a 2011 net loss of 439 million euros.
Olathe, Kan. — Drivers will be able to view GPS navigation instructions without taking their eyes off the road when Garmin launches its first portable head-up display (HUD).
The $129-suggested HUD, available later this summer, projects navigation information onto a windshield from a Bluetooth-connected smartphone that’s running a Garmin StreetPilot or Navigon navigation app.
Olathe, Kan. – Here’s something that Elmer Fudd could have used to catch that wascally wabbit.
GPS supplier Garmin is adding to its outdoor-product segment with the July shipment of a next-generation GPS-equipped dog-tracking collar and a tracking receiver.
The DC 50 collar carries a minimum retail price of $229, and the DC 50 bundled with an Astro 320 hand-held tracking receiver is priced at a minimum $599. They’ll ship to brick-and-mortar and online outdoor sporting goods retailers such as Cabela’s and Bass Pro.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Magellan priced its Cloud-connected SmartGPS at a suggested $249 and began offering it nationwide through Best Buy and BestBuy.com.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands — TomTom is launching its first own-brand GPS sports watches, due this summer in the U.S., and a revamped lineup of portable navigation devices (PNDs), due sometime later in the U.S.
U.S. prices and ship dates weren’t disclosed.
Boston — Luxury-audio start-up AudioXperts is expanding its staff again with the creation of the new position of manager of international sales support.
The company said it appointed Jakob Jespersen to the new position to further strengthen its relationships with international distributors and expand the company’s specialty-dealer network. Jesperson will develop, implement and manage customer support programs for the distributors and retailers.
Stamford, Conn. — Harman International Industries announced it has acquired iOnRoad Technologies, maker of the augmented-reality driving app with the same name.
The app runs on a variety of platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows and Linux, and is expected to help Harman strengthen its “leadership in global infotainment systems and services for leading automakers, and accelerate the rollout of new [advanced driver assistance system] functionalities,” Harman said.