Car Navigation & GPS Resources North Charleston SC

Car Navigation & GPS allow you to drive down unventured roads with confidence. Find your way when lost, or find the nearest local hotel when tired. Below you’ll find related articles as well as local companies and providers that will help you in your search for car navigation and GPS resources.

AV Connections
(843) 529-1449
4365 Dorchester Rd
North Charleston, SC
 
Rex Tv & Appliances
(843) 824-6025
7130 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC
 
Low Country Communications
(843) 554-5567
4365 Dorchester Rd Ste 303
North Charleston, SC
 
PDA Lighting-Sound-Video & Special EFX
(843) 554-3466
2799 Three Lakes Rd
North Charleston, SC
 
Lowcountry Technology Specialist
(843) 442-0194
112 S Main St.
Summerville, SC
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Consolidated Electric Incorporated
(843) 744-2668
3185 Accabee Rd
North Charleston, SC
 
Pleasant Sounds Pro Audio
(843) 747-3203
5513 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC
 
Presentation Service
(843) 529-1030
4770 Goer Dr
North Charleston, SC
 
Money Man Pawn
(843) 552-3236
5251 Dorchester Rd
North Charleston, SC
 
New Pro Video Systems
(843) 766-8001
27 Old English Dr
Charleston, SC
 
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Portable Navigation Roundup

by CAE , Jan 01, 2007

There are plenty of big cities with traffic problems, but few can rival california's Los Angeles and Orange Counties for breadth of congestion. We might as well link all the vehicles together, make a train and save ourselves the stop-n-go hassle. But until circumstances make it absolutely necessary to invest in massive public transportation, making navigation obsolete, you'll need something to keep you from getting lost or stuck in traffic. The portable navs here offer different features at different price points. Some have Bluetooth, traffic info and are even small enough to fit in your pants pocket. What they do have in common is something we like to call new technology fallibility (or NTF). Mobile phones are famous for NTF. Likewise, GPS units. For instance, one of the navs had us leave one freeway where it split with another freeway only to direct us back to the original freeway after passing one exit. What?! Another directed us to make a u-turn when we knew that a right would take us to our destination. Given that practically all navs will make mapping mistakes now and again, your criteria for buying a nav unit should depend more on features and price. Pioneer, Garmin, Cobra and Navman have tried to make your buying decision as difficult as possible with their latest offerings.

Garmin Streetpilot C550Grade: A-There's a reason why Garmin is the market leader in portable navigation. The company makes great products. The StreetPilot c550 is not the coolest looking device of the bunch, but it does just about everything you would want in a nav unit, including Bluetooth and traffic information.

It's no S1 aesthetically or in terms of size. Comparatively, it's a bit bulky, and though you get a carrying bag for the c550, I can't imagine actually using it - it's like packing a lightweight rock in a pouch. Perhaps this is the price you pay for the features and the market-leading brand name. Speaking of price, the c550 is on the expensive side at $799. But Garmin does justify its cost.

The c550 has a 3.5-inch touchscreen that works exceedingly well. Shaky hands and all, we were able to punch in addresses and get menu commands without too many errors (that is, with the car moving). Sensitive yet forgiving, just what we're looking for in a touchscreen. In terms of navigation, it functioned well enough 90 percent of the time. You'll probably tire of us harping on the fallibility of nav units, but until someone actually verifies all of the map data from Navteq or TeleAtlas before storing it onto these units, we're all going to continue to have this problem. Can you expect any company to check every street? Probably not, unless users can get product discounts for updating erroneous map info on a company website (hint, hint).

The c550 does make up for its NTF with a "bonus" feature - we're starting to see this more on portables. That is, traffic updates. The c550 comes with an F...

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Product Evaluation - Portable Navigation

by CAE , Sep 01, 2007

Magellan Maestro 4040 The Complete Portable Navigation Device MSRP: $499.99

Magellan has always made high quality, very reliable (if plain) portable nav products, but now with the new Maestro 4040 the company has stepped up its game. This is one of the better portable nav devices on the market. With its large 4.3-inch touchscreen and attractive, easy-to-read map, improved graphics overall and a user-friendly menu, the Maestro 4040 does everything you expect from a higher-end nav product and more. With the 4.5 million points of interest database, plus the built-in AAA TourBook guide the Maestro has one of the more thorough, info-rich POI listings. And it didn't suffer too greatly from the problem of slow satellite acquisitioning, common to a lot of portable navs. We had some delays when we left it off for a few days and restarted the device. But in less than 10 minutes we were locked in again. If you use the Maestro every week you probably won't have a problem; if you use it only occasionally, then you should turn it on some time before you depart for your destination. The navigation itself was very accurate, with rerouting practically instantaneous. In the Southern California area where we used the Maestro it never led us astray. And while touring around town we made good use of the built-in Bluetooth for hands-free talking. The speaker is actually loud enough to overcome cabin noise and the mic picked up speech just as well as the phone itself. This is on par with the Bluetooth on Garmin's StreetPilot unit we reviewed a while ago - except the Maestro is more compact. The 4040 is preloaded with maps covering the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. With the optional TrafficKit you can upgrade this device and get traffic information. By the time you read this review that kit should be available. Check out the Maestro 4040 at a retail outlet or online at www.magellangps.com .

Key Features 4.3-inch touchscreenQuickSpell for fast address entryBuilt-in Bluetooth for hands-free phone useAAA TourBookTraffic info (optional)SD card slot (supports up to 2GB)Rechargeable battery (2 hours)

Harmon Kardon Guide + Play GPS-500 A Pnd & Pmp All-In-One MSRP: $399.99

The Guide + Play GPS-500 is one of the best-looking personal navigation devices on the market. Its good looks are matched by the feature set. This unit serves more than adequately as a media player. The GPS-500 supports MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV formats and will play your MP4 and AVI files. You're better off using the headphone jack for music listening than the little built-in speaker; as for video, the 4-inch touchscreen is bigger than your iPod. In today's culture of mini-screen entertainment we would much rather have the GPS-500 for video playback - and then use it for navigation. That's the advantage of the all-in-one approach. However there was a drawback, at least with our test unit. It took over half an hour for the GPS-500...

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Tele Atlas Navigation Systems

by CAE , Sep 01, 2007

With the explosion of the navigation market and the increasing need for better, more precise map data it's clear that what's on the inside may do more for product improvement than the "packaging" of a navigation device. We interviewed Jon Husby, director of Automotive Markets and in-vehicle applications at Tele Atlas to find out more about the brains behind the screen. -Ben Oh

Background on Tele Atlas Tele Atlas (TA) was founded in the Netherlands in 1984, and came over around 2000 to the U.S. It acquired a company that produced the first nav system (with a monochrome screen). It had previously been owned by Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp, which saw what was happening in Japan and considered the potential of using it for advertising. A little ahead of his time - it was sold to Sony, then Tele Atlas.

Share of the Market TA has a 47 percent market share overall, 32 percent of automotive market, which now includes BMW. It also supplies map data for OnStar. On the fleet side, TA has over 1 million vehicles on the road using their maps. On the portable side of the nav market the company is up over 100 percent in terms of revenue. It handles accounts like TomTom and Mio and has 60 percent of the portable market globally.

Compiling Data TA uses thousands of sources for its data. It employs the traditional method, a driving methodology, wherein the company's vehicles drive the roads it documents, and balances that data with reliable sources for road information, such as city governments. Cities provide updates on roads and TA verifies that information. It also uses web crawling technology to find out about new neighborhoods. Once it has the data - a major advantage of TA is pinpoint addressing. Historically, locating destinations is done through an address range method, e.g. 1000-2000 in terms of a street address instead of a specific number. TA has over 43 million address points in North America - 140 million overall. How up-to-date the information is depends on what part of the nav market you're looking at. Data is always updated. Generally there are quarterly releases, plus incremental updates throughout the quarter. TA's compile and drive and update system is the reason for their high JD Power rating.

Map of the World TA covers 64 countries. North America, Japan and Western Europe and is expanding into Eastern Europe and Russia. India is a growing market. Right now due to the small market size and lack of available sources for map data in places like Mexico and Latin America and heavy restrictions in Russia and China, for example, mapping of those regions will be in the future.

Tele Atlas Traffic Information TA has partnered with Inrix and Clear Channel.

The Future of Mapping There are increasingly more sources for digital elevation information. There's also a big push for 3-D capability. TA uses its mobile mapping vans, which have been used in Europe for years and ar...

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