1. Why have Personal Navigation Devices become popular. What technologies are required to facilitate the success of PND?
Personal navigation devices can become the next must-have gadgets. They add more comfort in the busy life in the sense that they give you an ability to concentrate on one thing less. PND like, say, GPS are starting to win over customers, from weekend hikers or bikers to people who are just tired of their lousy sense of direction. Some consumer GPS navigation devices feature interactive street maps that may also show route information, and step-by-step routing directions. For these reasons PND’s are very helpful and useful.
They have, though, some limitations. For example, the consumers are limited to two-dimensional data and are not provided with map coverage once they leave paved roads. So, the 3D Map product/technology is needed to enable GPS and PND recreational market. A company Intermap Technologies resolves this problem, providing users with a new product - AccuTerra . According to Brian Bullock, Intermap’s president and CEO, “AccuTerra’s 3D aerial maps and digital terrain model content, with overlaid route tracking information, is unique in today’s outdoor hand-held device market. The product provides the outdoor enthusiast with 3D viewing capability on a hand-held device that extends the user experience beyond what we have become accustom to from Internet search engine providers.” (http://www.intermap.com/interior.php/pid/1/sid/306/tid/245/nid/2164)1 Also, to facilitate the success the product has to be all in one navigation device with the different abilities. One of the leading companies – TomTom creates GPS. It has a touch screen, speaker, USB port, internal Lithium ion battery, and comes with TomTom HOME software. It charges, synchronizes, and updates its data by connecting to a Windows or Mac PC running the TomTom HOME software via USB cable.
2. Who are some of the leaders in PNDs? What are the likely factors that...
Bibliography: 1. http://www.intermap.com/interior.php/pid/1/sid/306/tid/245/nid/2164 (08/2007,para 2)
2. http://geocartablog.com/?p=531(Roger Hart, 09/2007, para.2)
3. http://geocartablog.com/?p=531(Roger Hart, 09/2007, para.1)
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garmin#Products(para 15)
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