Cobra 8000 and 6000 Pro HD GPS Navigation System

Cobra also just announced two new GPS navigation system targeting professional drivers. Cobra 8000 and 6000 Pro HD differ in size more than anything else. Former has a bigger 7″ screen whereas 6000 has a 5″ screen.

Some of the features of these two GPS navigation systems include full-color, high-definition touch screen display,
free Lifetime map updates, junction view with lane assist, multi-point routing to reduce fuel cost and more.

They both include over 33,000 trucker-friendly POIs for information on fueling stations, restaurants, rest stops, heavy duty towing services, truck and trailer repair shops, truck-friendly hotels, weigh stations, certified scales, and more coming from ProMiles and TruckDown
Database partner TomTom which provides more than 1 million additional miles of road coverage in the U.S. than the competing map.

Other features include hours-of-Service timers and more.

Garmin dezl 760 Truck Navigator

Garmin today announced dezl 760, another truck gps navigation system from the company with a 7″ screen. A new feature on the new Dezl 760 is the Active Lane Guidance feature which tries to help truckers with intersections and lanes. Other features include the ability to log hours of service, and a loud speaker so you can hear over the engine.

Other features of the new Garmin dezl760lmt include truck-specific routes and turn-by-turn directions based on vehicle’s size and weight. Another logging feature on this new Garmin is the fuel usage and it also has fleet management interface.

Garmin’s new truck GPS navigation system dēzl 760 will be available end of this year and will cost $400.

Tomtom’s new car kit makes GPS navigation and phone calls easier

Tomtom came out with a new smartphone mounting kit for your windshield that works with iPhones or any other smartphones. The main features is that it includes bluetooth connectivity making phone calls easier. It has an embedded 2W speaker for a much needed audio boost and an extendable microphone so the other side can hear you clearly as well. It supports both portrait and landscape mode, charges your device while you’re on the go and also makes navigation a lot easier with their own GPS navigation app.

Standard default version will cost £80 while the iPhone version will cost £130 which also includes the navigation app.

new press release on GPS market forecast

According to a press release that came out yesterday shipment of GPS and location based services will grow at a compound annual rate of 15% during the next three years which will add up to 1 billion units by 2015.

Since countries other than US are deploying their own satellite based navigation systems such as Japan, China, and India GPS technology is expected to be embraced at a higher rate in these regions.

The study suggests most of the boost in this segment will come from smartphone based GPS systems as it was established within the past years.

Uses of GPS technology is very wide which includes academic, business, aviation, maritime, construction, scientific, weather and various other fields.


A new system have been developed to protect military vehicles from GPS jamming by using already existing radio waves to locate rather than relying on GPS satellite signals. The system uses cell phone, Wifi, and TV signals to locate a person or a vehicle but can even use GPS jamming signals to correctly get a position fix.

The system is developed by BAE Systems and it intends to keep military drones safe from GPS spoofing attacks which we recently mentioned here on Navigadget.

Known as NAVSOP, this technology scavenges radio signals from the air and can work indoors or even underground where wimpy GPS satellite signals can’t reach. This technology could replace GPS in the future.

TomTom Mapshare now open to all TomTom owners

TomTom just announced that they’re enabling all of its 60 million GPS navigation systems to receive daily map changes via the TomTom Map Share community. If you haven’t heard of Map Share before; it is a crowd sourced system that allows drivers to update TomTom map on their own device, but also receive changes from other TomTom users.

With Map Share drivers can quickly share frequent road changes. Some longer term changes such as new roads or roundabouts are validated via TomTom and made available quarterly.

Duke and Google improve indoor positioning

GPS works really well outdoors. Achieving same accuracy indoors however is not as easy.

Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, funded by Google is working on a system where users can rely on their smartphones to locate their position in a covered environment. It is dubbed UnLoc. The idea behind it is analogous to how people use landmarks in outdoor environments. But they take advantage of invisible landmarks in indoor environments that your phone can sense. These could be distinct motion signatures created by elevators or stairwells, because the phone can detect motion, or certain dead spots where WiFi or 3G signals are absent.

Once such an invisible landmark is sensed, the phone can infer its current location, and then track its path from that point forward using motion sensors (such as accelerometers, compasses and gyroscopes). The tracking may become inaccurate over time, but as the phone hits other landmarks, it continuously corrects its location.

The application does not need any previous knowledge of the environment which is known as wardriving. It is a recursive application that gets better and better as it is used. It also requires less energy since it doesn’t rely on GPS signals to figure out your location. It’s been tested in a mall and it can achieve 1.6 meter accuracy.

The development of the UnLoc technique was supported by the National Science Foundation and Google.

Bia GPS watch now on Kickstarter

Bia is a GPS enabled sports watch made by women for women. They’re on Kickstarter now looking for some funding. So far they have about 25% of their requested $400K.

The Bia GPS sports watch is multisport device with ANT+ connection option which claims that it is like no other. Here are the features:

  • Safety alert for peace of mind on solo workouts
  • Quick-connect GPS; no more time wasted “finding satellites”
  • Data to your online training log; no more time wasted “sync’ing”
  • iPod-like ease of use; just one button and a touchscreen
  • Water resistance to 100M; full GPS tracking when you swim

Bia is ergonomically designed for the left wrist but it flip so you can also wear it on your right wrist.

If you think this product will be a hit you should go to Kickstarter and back them up.

new Cobra 8000 GPS navigation for truck drivers

Cobra has a brand new GPS navigation system for truckers. It is called 8000 PRO HD, 7″ GPS Navigation for Professional Drivers with Lifetime Maps and Live Traffic. As you may already guessed this GPS navigation system has a 7″ high definition screen.

With the 8000 PRO HD a truck driver can enter truck’s height, weight, length, width, and be safely and legally routed to their destination on time. Some other features of the Cobra 8000 Pro HD include free live traffic updates, free map updates, junction view to assist at big highway intersections, mileage log capability for IFTA reporting, on-duty off-duty time tracking and the AURA Speed & Red Light Camera Database that warns for speed & red light cameras, caution areas, and known speed traps.

drones prone to GPS spoofing

Researchers in Austin Radionavigation Lab successfully showed that an unmanned drone with an unencrypted GPS system can be hijacked with GPS spoofing device.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wanted to see if anyone had the capability to pull this off and invited scientists to show their skills. What the scientists did was to matched-GPS-signal-structure of the transmission and interfere in an attempt to control the receiver. This spoofer can transmit its counterfeit signals from a stand-off distance of several hundred meters or it can be co-located with its victim.

The UT researchers took equipment costing about $1000 to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico last week and showed observers from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and DHS how control of a test drone could be taken away from its original overseers.

Considering that hundreds of drones will be flying in the USA within the next decade, the ability to easily spoof them is a bit disconcerting. Of course since similar technology can be used on other vehicles that deploy unencrypted GPS navigation such as planes, ships, etc..