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New GPS Studies your driving

By: staff

Date: Thursday, 19. March 2009

German-based Navigon AG says its new 4300T and 3300 GPS navigation system models are "a whole new chapter in route navigation."

Both models include the intelligent NAVIGON MyRoutes(tm) feature which considers information about your driving style (which it gathers continuously) and day of week and time of travel when recommending a route. It comes up with as many as three alternative routes to your destination that you can choose from. Speed limits, construction and traffic information are being factored in as you�re driving.

"The recommended road does not necessarily need to be the route that is the quickest," says Johan-Till Broer, Public Relations Manager at Navigon's Chicago office. "This depends on your personal settings. If you want, you can always get the quickest or the shortest route recommended. But the standard setting is NAVIGON's "Optimal Route" which is a combination between the shortest and quickest route."

"This means," Broer explains, "if one route is 100 miles and based on your driving behavior would take you 58 minutes and there is another route that is only 70 miles and based on your driving behavior would take you 60 minutes, the device would recommend the latter since it's so much shorter even, if it takes you two minutes longer."

Navigon 4300T

NAVIGON's MyRoutes feature, says Broer, collects information on how fast you usually drive on different road types at different times and days of the week. It then categorizes your driving behaviour into several speed classes on different road types. "Based on this data it can calculate driving times for different routes and recommend the optimal choice."

However, the Navigon does not collect details of your driving behavior such as the severity or frequency of acceleration and braking.

In short, the MyRoutes feature will take those strategic decisions we drivers make every day about times, routes and speed choices, and base them on real data rather than our own (often badly wrong) recollections and perceptions of routes and how we drive them.

"It would not be optimal for you to drive 30 miles more, just to be there 2 minutes earlier," adds Broer. (this would happen if the quickest route would be selected).

The fuel-saving potential of such a device is obvious. Add this to Navigon's other features such as the 4300T's Reality ViewTM, Text-to-speech, Exit Guide, Lane Assistant Pro, and Bluetooth(r) hands-free application, and the 3300's Clickable POIs feature that guides you to POIs with one click, and the new generation of Navigation devices can take finding your way around to a whole new level of convenience.

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Thin edge of the wedge. More and more information is being gathered but we are not paying attention to control over that information. How do we know insurance companies and/or police will not use this info to track speeding? I see now that Calgary police are going to use red light cameras to track speeders.

I'm not arguing for speeding but there's speed and there's speeding. It's conditions that matter.

All these new technologies can track us but we need to ensure the information is not used for the wrong purposes.


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