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Connected GPS - Garmin nüLink 2300 series - 3D Traffic, Traffic Cam, Tracking
Posté le 10 mai 2011 à 16:03:00 par gpspassion. EN - Connected GPS
Source : www.gpspassion.com


Updated May 10th, 2011
Connected is in and connected GPS systems (built-in SIM card) have been around for 3 years now with the TomTom GO x40. Garmin released the nuvi 1690 in 2009 and the nüLink 1695 in 2010. Apparently they have the nüLink 2300 Series in store for 2011.

The form factor is the one of the nüvi 2300 series but the software had been revamped with nüMenu to taylor your menus, and nüLink Services are getting richer: 3D Traffic, Live Traffic Cams and Live Tracking. You can use the [NEWS] Garmin announce nüLink 2300 Series in the "Garmin nüvi forums".

Updated October 15th, 2010 - Slightly ahead of schedule, Garmin's new connected GPS (built-in GSM module), the nuvi 1695 is shipping and we have some first user reviews in the forums. First impressions are mixed as the map display seems to be choppy, not unusual for the first software version of a brand new GPS. The slow routes calculations with nuRoute-trafficTrends activated are...

... another cause for concern, but that's also a problem on the zippy nuvi 3790T. More details in the [TOPIC] nuvi 1695 connected GPS - User Reviews topic of the "Garmin nüvi forums".

Updated June 2nd, 2010 - Garmin just snuck in a v3.50 udapte!

Updated June 1st, 2010 - The nuvi 1690 remains Garmin's only "connected GPS" so far and surprisingly enough the impressive new 37xx family lacks such a model...at least for now. This might not be a bad thing for the 1690 as will give it some "breathing room". It remains the only "connected GPS" on the market to which you can send a destination from the comfort of your office using the special Google Maps conduit...

....Garmin have recently made a v3.40 software update availble via the webupdater with a significant number of fixes and improvements : auto backlight change in tunnels, faster map display, improved bluetooth, etc...You can use the Nuvi 1690 GPS with nüLink - Reviews - v3.40 topic of the nuvi forums to discuss.

Updated December 18th, 2009 - After a good start, Garmin's first "connected GPS" (built-in GPRS module), the nuvi 1690, hit some roadblocks. First the screen flickering problems (see below), then reports of frequent add pop-ups and the realization by some users that with the lack of compatibility with the GTM-25 RDS receiver, live traffic would always require a subscription. The third issue remains, but the first two are now fixed. The first one thanks to the passing of time...... (only models manufactured prior to October 16th were affected) and the second courtesy of the v3.00 update : "Decreased the frequency that advertisements are displayed"...You can use the Nuvi 1690 GPS with nüLink - User Reviews topic of the nuvi forums to discuss.

Updated November 6th, 2009 - The first "connected GPS" that seemed to be well armed to break through thanks to its virtually unlimited "data plan" (2 years bundled with the unit) is having some issues. More reports are coming from users with sreen problems (models manufactured before October 16th) or of freezes, reboots, prompting returns......More details in the Nuvi 1690 GPS with nüLink - User Reviews topic of the nuvi forums.

Updated October 14th, 2009 - While a "connected GPS" (built-in GPRS module with SIM card) looks good on paper with its permanent access to live data, their history (available below) is littered with failures (Dash, BestBuy Insignia), cancelled models (Magellan 5340) or half-hearted efforts (TomTom GO 740). Is this about to change with the Garmin nuvi 1690 that has been available for a few days ? First reports from the road by...... the early adopters in the US are certainly quite positive and the 1690 has a "feature" that previous systems didn't have, i.e. a virtually "free monthly subscription" with the two year bundled access to the nuLink Services in the US. Two years could be viewed as the life expectancy of a GPS system and the $5/month subsequent subscription is likely far away and low enough not to scare off buyers. You can catch up with the first three user reviews in the Nuvi 1690 GPS with nüLink - User Reviews topic of the nuvi forums.

Updated September 5th, 2009 - The IFA show is now underway in Berlin and the GPS manufacturers are firing from all quarters with new models. Starting off with Garmin who officially launched their first "connected" GPS, the nuvi 1690 leaked in August by the FCC. What we didn't know about was the nüLink Service bundled with the 1690. It is prepaid for two years in the US and for one year in Europe and then available for $5/month and €79/year, respectively...

The nuLink service is reminiscent of TomTom's LIVE launched last year and that failed to get widely adopted with an official 30% renewal rate, but possibly as low as 10%. The recurrent cost is a problem of course but also the lack of a "killer" feature. Nothing really new with nuLink apart from "flight status" or "Ciao" to broadcast your position. Will it be enough ? You can use the Connected Nuvi 1690 GPS with nüLink Service topic of the "Garmin nüvi forums" to discuss.

Updated August 11th, 2009 - After failed attempts by Dash in 2007 and Best Buy in 2008, and a "scaled down" (compared to Europe) GO740 for TomTom, it seems Garmin are about to launch their own "connected GPS", the nuvi 1690. Little is known about this new device for the time being other than what's been shown on the FCC's site......, a good source for "leaks" but the upcoming IFA show in Germany might shed more light on this project...Having used the TomTom GO740 for almost a year now I can say a "connected GPS" is nice since there is nothing you need to connect to get "live" services, but what really makes the difference is the "content" and so far this has been "unimpressive", at least to justify paying for a monthly subscription. With Garmin's current assocation with MSNDirect for the x8x models, there is some speculation that they may beef up that aspect with content from the recently launched BING...You can use the Garmin nuvi 1690 Connected GPS - "Leaked" topic of the "Garmin nüvi forums" to discuss.

Updated November 3rd, 2008 - Major news coming from Dash today, they are getting out of the consumer market to focus on the B2B market with targets being cellphones and car two-way car systems. The full press release is here on the Dash site. This is sad news but not totally surprising as they had been struggling both on the market with their pricing model and in the field with routing issues. Ironically I had asked them during a meeting in July 2007 at their new Sunnyvale offices why they hadn't tried to sell their groundbreaking traffic technology to other GPS companies...

... I think the answer was that they didn't feel the current hardware was up to par. It probably is a bit more now, unfortunately in the meantime Dash must have burnt through most of their cash. Let's wish them good luck for this change of focus, although these are rarely successul, one example that comes to mind is BeOS's own "shift" in January 2000...You can use this topic of the "GPS and Mobile News" forums to discuss.

Updated October 15th, 2008 - Best Buy are about to launch two "connected" devices (built-in GPRS module), the Insignia NS-CNV10 and NS-CNV20. The Insignia devices will likely be powered by deCarta's CNAV, a platform designed for two-way connected navigation, including traffic and Google Local search. Currently the Dash Express is the only connected device on the market (TomTom are about to launch the GO x40 Live in Europe) and has met with a lukewarm response partly due to issues with the routes it calculates, a basic feature a GPS system needs to get right, regardless of the merits of the added "layers". You can use this topic of the "GPS and Mobile News" forums to discuss...

...

Updated June 30th, 2008 - Dash have just released the first major update for the Dash Express that we dubbed "Connected Navigation 1.0". While the list of new features is quite impressive : MyRoute, that learns the routes you choose, Search Along Route, FasterFind, an implementation of SiRFInstantFix v1 for faster GPS acquisition in the morning, as well as performance (map drawing faster by 50%) and user interface improvements, the first user reports indicate that the routing, the DE's "Achille's Heel" so far, has not been improved...

...Hopefully this will be included in the v2 update they mentioned they were working on, unless it's a deeper TeleAtlas USA problem that TomTom were only able to fix recently by adding their IQ Routes technology. You can use this topic of the news forums to discuss.

Updated March 28th, 2008 - We shared a thorough preview last summer when Dash were still beta testing their concept, so it's only fitting that we should now be bringing you a thorough review article of the Dash Express that started to ship...... earlier this week for $399. Paul put it through its paces over the past couple of weeks, clocking in more than 1,200 miles and he quite liked what he saw. If you have questions or comments, you can use this topic of the forums.

Updated January 5th, 2008 - It looks like 2008 will be the year of "connected" GPS systems, not only with new players like Dash Express (see this preview) but also for existing players on the GPS market and here comes the first one, the "Magellan Maestro Elite 5340+GPRS" to be premiered at the CES show next week. What little is known about this device comes from cbs5 who indicate that it will be equipped with a GPRS modem to let you search "Google Local" for relevant results around your position. The Elite in the name is certainly reflected in the $1299 asking price......, a price tag we hadn't seen for a GPS system since 2003! Still this in an interesting development and you can use this thread of the News forums to discuss.

Updated July 25th, 2007 - Dash made a "splash" at CES in January with its connected "Dash Express" device. Little information had filtered since with the closed beta going on, so I stopped by their offices in Sunnyvale yesterday for a meeting to get a better understanding of the concept. There's clearly a lot to like about it and you can read my notes in the forums to get a preview of things to come...

...Posted June 27, 2007 - GPS Navigation with Traffic has come a long way over the past two years, with Garmin equipping their AIOs with RDS TMC receivers and recently with MSN Direct receivers, but overall users are not very impressed. This may change with Intellinav's upcoming "Traffic Pattern" GPS that we will be reviewing in July, but also with Dash's "two-way traffic" Dash Express.

Dash Express is quite a revolutionary concept since it uses two-way communication on an AIO to update maps, software and traffic information. They have a widescale beta going on this summer so hopefully they will go live quickly after that. In the meantime......, you can use this thread of the "News" forums to discuss.

Updated March 24th, 2005 - And now here come the videos of XM traffic in action including one by the owner of an Acura 2005. His enthusiasm reminds me of mine when I first experienced TMC (Traffic over FM radio) in Europe! Links >>HERE<<...

Updated May 11th, 2004 And here comes the Pioneer AVIC-N2, the first commercial application of "XM NavTraffic", thanks to Moore27 again for catching this...

Looks quite interesting, with traffic provided for 20 metro areas based on sensor data. As a side note, XM NavTraffic is powered by Navteq's "NAVTEQ Traffic" while the map database is provided by TeleAtlas. No details as to whether they are using the "TMC" technology, already widespread in Europe, to map the traffic incidents. Here's the discussion thread in the forums.

Posted 06/18
Thanks to moore27 who caught some interesting news about traffic information coming over a satellite feed, not over the GPS network, but over the XM Satellite Radio network...

...XM NavTraffic is powered by NAVTEQ Traffic and is scheduled to arrive in the fall on the Acura and Cadillac navigation systems. Pricing has not yet been determined.

Let's hope software editors will find a way to bring this to GPS Assisted Navigation on mobile platforms as well!

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