By Lisa Johnston
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Long Beach, Calif. – Kenwood will go to International CES with two in-dash navigation systems with embedded Wi-Fi to access cloud-based services via a Wi-Fi-equipped smartphone or via a pocket-size mobile Wi-Fi hot spot.
The head units will use Wi-Fi to:
--pull Inrix data such as real-time traffic, weather, parking, speed-camera and travel-advisory information via a Kenwood cloud-based Kenwood gateway server.
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Schaffhausen, Switzerland – A slight decline in Garmin’s portable navigation device (PND) business was offset by gains in the company’s OEM automotive segment and other market segments to boost the company’s third-quarter sales by 1 percent to $672 million.
A “slight decline” in PND revenues was offset by “strong growth” in OEM revenues from automakers, the company said. “We believe that our PND volumes continue to trend ahead of the industry due to market share gains,” added Dr. Min Kao, chairman/CEO.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Industrywide portable navigation device (PND) retail-level sales fell in North America by 21 percent in units in the third quarter to 1.5 million and in Europe by 13 percent to 2.6 million, TomTom said in reporting its third-quarter sales and profits.
The PND industry’s third-quarter decline follows a second-quarter North American decline of 19 percent to 1.7 million units and a first-quarter 33 percent decline to 1.4 million units, TomTom said in previous financial reports.
Santa Clara, Calif. – A new portable navigation device (PND) from Magellan is the company’s first 7-inch PND with a host of new features.
The new device includes the ability to send prewritten text messages in response to calls coming in via a Bluetooth-connected cellphone. The new features include Bluetooth Safe Texting, Portrait Mode, Landmark Guidance, Traffic Camera Alerts, and Junction View, the company said.
The Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB GPS will be available in late September from MagellanGPS.com and Best Buy at a suggested $229.
Olathe, Kan. – Garmin is targeting entry-level runners and truckers with a new GPS watch and the company’s first 7-inch PND for truckers.
The $129-suggested Forerunner 10 running watch, available in the fall, expands the company’s fitness lineup of products and represents a new opening price point for Garmin runner’s watches, which previously started at $179.
Long Beach, Calif. – Kenwood’s five A/V navigation systems can now be installed in Ford, Mercury and Lincoln vehicles equipped with Ford’s Sync system without losing Sync features.
The five head units are the only aftermarket head units compatible with a $169-suggested iData Link Maestro RR OEM-integration module just shipped by Canada-based Automotive Data Solutions (ADS). The module integrates with the data busses of specific car models via vehicle-specific firmware downloads and T harnesses.
New York – Consumers who use cellular-equipped portable navigation devices (PNDs) from TomTom and Garmin will lose their wireless connection in a few years because of AT&T’s plans to shut down its 2G network by the beginning of 2017.
ARLINGTON, VA. — Factory-level dollar sales of aftermarket autosound and mobile video will decline at more modest rates during the next few years than they did during the Great Recession year of 2009, and fixed (installed) navigation systems will post slight growth through 2012 after a dramatic 2009 fall-off, CEA forecasts show.