Magellan Introduces New SmartGPS 5390 Cloud Connected Navigation Device

Santa Clara, California-based Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, fitness, outdoor, and mobile navigation announced its new SmartGPS model.

Magellan SmartGPS 5390
Magellan SmartGPS 5390

The new unit, SmartGPS 5390, is a powerful navigation device that keeps drivers informed, saves them time and money, and provides safer navigation. The SmartGPS 5390 also includes free companion apps for either iOS or Android smartphones.

“As a pioneer in the GPS navigation industry, we recognize that in today’s socially-driven world consumers want and need a more comprehensive navigation solution than what traditional GPS devices and smart phones can offer,” said Stig Pedersen, associate vice president of product management for Magellan, in a news release.

“Our cloud-based SmartGPS Ecosystem and SmartGPS device is engineered from the ground up for consumers who desire discovery, relevance, and local awareness combined with navigation.”

Featuring a sleek and stylish appearance, the Magellan SmartGPS 5390 offers a connected car experience for a fraction of the price of a premium in-dash infotainment system.

Harnessing the power of cloud computing, advanced navigation, and a glass multi-touch screen, the SmartGPS 5390 combines the best of smartphone and GPS capabilities.

The SmartGPS 5390 helps users save time and money by automatically delivering the locations of the lowest fuel prices and other real-time valuable local information such as reviews and tips from Yelp and Foursquare, as well as PhantomALERT red-light camera alerts, weather reports, traffic conditions, and much more with no additional subscription or data plans required.

MagellanIn addition, the Magellan SmartGPS 5390 comes with powerful, specially designed iOS and Android smartphone apps that allow users to easily browse and select locations from a variety of sources, then send those locations directly from their phone to the unit, and immediately begin navigating.

Apps are currently available for the iPhone 4S and newer and most Android models.

Sharing information between the SmartGPS 5390 and a user’s smartphone, computer, and tablet is easily and automatically conducted through automatic cloud syncing. This ensures that once contacts and destinations are entered or bookmarked, they will always be readily available.

Magellan’s long-held position as an industry leader continues with the SmartGPS 5390. It is packed with premium features, including a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD display with multi-touch interface, free lifetime map updates and traffic alerts, WiFi and Bluetooth, and highway lane assist.

Additionally, it comes with a Texas Instruments Cortex A8 1GHz processor to support the increased demand for high-resolution graphics and multi-function data processing, 4GB memory to support applications and detailed navigation maps, microSD card slot for storing additional maps, and a microUSB connector.

The SmartGPS 5390 is now available from the Magellan website (SEE link below) for $229.99.

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Magellan

Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, MiTAC Digital Corporation, manufacturer of the Magellan brand of portable GPS navigation devices, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation.

Magellan, the industry leader for innovative GPS navigation devices since 1986, globally markets award-winning products in multiple categories including auto, RV, commercial, outdoor, fitness, and mobile.

Continuing its spirit of innovation, Magellan is developing new cloud-based technologies, wearables, OEM and B-to-B solutions to meet the changing needs of today’s consumers.

Website: www.magellangps.com

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I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

—Daniel Boone

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Garmin Introduces First Navigation Device for RVers

Olathe, Kansas-based Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. , a global leader in satellite navigation, introduced the Garmin RV 760LMT, its first navigator created just for the RV lifestyle.

Garmin RV 760LMT
Garmin RV 760LMT

The device features a large 7-inch screen and ability to generate routes based on the height and weight restrictions of roads and bridges. Users enter their vehicle’s height, weight, length, and width to find routes suitable for their RV, according to a news release.

The device is also preloaded with America’s RV Parks & Services Directory enabling drivers to locate RV parks, campgrounds, state and national parks, and repair shops. The directory offers 20,000 parks and campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada including national and state parks and privately owned campgrounds.

America’s RV Parks & Services Directory lets you search by 20 preferred amenities including pet-friendly, on-site laundry, Internet access, and electric hookups.

The directory also includes more than 14,000 RV-specific service locations, including towing, tire shops, truck stops, and repairs.

Plan your RV trip with BaseCamp desktop software. You can create routes along specific roads and search for points of interest, including local attractions, restaurants, and fuel stops. Then, upload your pre-planned trip to your RV 760LMT and follow along for a stress-free ride.

Garmin Adventures, powered by BaseCamp, is a free, interactive way to record and share your trips. With Garmin Adventures, you can combine routes, waypoints, geotagged photos, YouTube videos and more into an adventure that you share online. Garmin Adventures also allows you to rate your trips, read reviews, and download routes shared by fellow RVers.

Garmin-ad-01The device is compatible with Smartphone Link, a free mobile app that connects the PND to an iPhone or Android smartphone via Bluetooth to receive free and subscription-based live services.

Services include weather, points-of-interest (POI) ratings, fuel prices, real-time speed- and red-light-camera alerts, and photoLive Traffic Cameras, which lets users view real-time photos from traffic cameras across the U.S. to see traffic and weather conditions.

A local search feature lets consumers use their smartphone’s browser to find a point of interest, then send the POI to the PND via Bluetooth for navigation.

RV 760LMT features free maps and updates for the useful life of your device, so routes can reflect the most up-to-date maps, points of interest, and America’s RV Parks & Services directory information.

With the included combination power cable/traffic receiver, the RV 760LMT offers free traffic information for the useful life of your device. RV 760LMT can help you avoid traffic jams and find the detours you need to keep moving.

Spoken turn-by-turn direction technology called Garmin Real Directions guides drivers by recommending turns at recognizable landmarks, buildings, and traffic lights rather than simply by street name.

Voice-activated navigation enables the PND to respond to spoken commands.

Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts prepares you to drive through an exit or interchange with confidence. As you approach, an animated model uses brightly colored arrows to indicate the proper lane needed for your route; a friendly voice offers additional help.

And photoReal junction view realistically displays junctions and interchanges, including the surrounding landscape and road signs along your route.

  • The Garmin RV 760LMT and Travel Planner features:
  • Easy to read 7-inch display
  • Customized RV routing for lower 48 states and Canada
  • America’s RV Parks and Services directory
  • RV trip planning and sharing
  • Lifetime map and traffic updates
  • Wireless backup camera compatible

The RV 760LMT is the latest from Garmin’s consumer automotive segment, a leading worldwide provider of portable navigation devices for automobiles, motorcycles, and trucks. Garmin’s user-friendly PND solutions have innovative features that provide time- and fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving.

Suggested retail price: $399

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Garmin International Inc.
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Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd., a global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed, and sold navigation, communication and information devices, and applications—most of which are enabled by GPS technology.

Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications.

Website: garmin.com

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I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

—Daniel Boone

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BookYourSite.com Releases App

BookYourSite.com releases the new online RV directory and reservation app for the iPhone and iPad.

book_your_siteCamping enthusiasts can search for campgrounds that best match their personal preferences and make a reservation directly through the app.

The app accesses the BookYourSite online website database to provide information about park facilities, amenities, rates, pictures, directions, and other valuable facts.

“The difference between our app and others is that ours allows you to set your own camping preferences and store your profile on the iPhone or iPad,” said Jim Amadio, president of Mission Management Information Systems and the creator of BookYourSite.

“The app will rank the available parks based on your preferences ensuring an ideal camping spot. Once you’ve made your choice, you have the option to securely book your reservation online directly through the app.”

Campgrounds that subscribe to BookYourSite can provide rates, availability, and amenity details to the app in one of two ways.

BookYourSite integrates with Campground Manager, a front desk property management system, pulling data directly from the park’s database. It can also be configured to work in a stand-alone mode, if an alternate front desk system is used. This enables the app to provide up-to-the-minute pricing and availability for any campground selected.

BookYour Site screenshot
BookYour Site screenshot

“We’ll be spreading the word about the BookYourSite app to RVers and campground owners at upcoming RV shows and state association conferences,” said Peter Kearns, vice president of sales for Mission Management.

“We are providing a convenient seamless way for the camping consumer to book anytime, anywhere. We expect this to translate into additional business for our parks.”

The app is free and is available now through the Apple App store.

Future development plans include increasing the content to include videos and online specials from selected parks.

BookYourSite for Android and other mobile app platforms will also be available soon.

App features include:

  • Detailed park descriptions, pictures, and slide shows available
  • Search by City, State or Province, Park Name, Parks Nearby, and Favorites
  • Sort results by Distance, Alphabetically, Match Percentage, and Bookability
  • Pin point the location of each park found on an interactive map view
  • Lists up to 79 park features, amenities, and accommodation details per park
  • Designate four “must have” amenities that will be predominantly displayed in the park listing for easy viewing
  • Indicates percentage match between personal preferences and park features available
  • Up-to-the-minute rate and availability quotes for all bookable parks directly through the app
  • Make a complete reservation without leaving the app
  • Stores your personal data for quick retrieval during the booking process
  • Keeps a history of all reservations made through the app
  • Displays park membership affiliations, clubs, discounts, payment options, and ratings
  • Email or phone the park directly from the app
  • Links to the park website for even more details
  • Lists nearby attractions and points of interest

The App park listing information is available even without a Wi-Fi connection
Choose between park manager’s directions or use online Apple map directions
Detailed app help available including an easy “How To” video
Works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

For more information, visit bysres.com.

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BookYourSite

BookYourSite is an online campsite booking portal that allows you to locate, evaluate, and book your campsite/cabin/trailer reservations online directly through the app.

Most parks included on BookYourSite integrate with powerful front desk campground software. This enables the app to provide up-to-the-minute pricing and availability from the campground of your choice.

Website: bookyoursite.com

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Rand McNally Release RV Dealer & Service Locator App for RVers

Rand McNally and the National RV Dealers Association (RVDA) announces the release of the “RVDA Dealer Locator” app, providing RVers a simple way to find RV dealers and service providers across a variety of platforms.

The information, available for Android and iOS platforms, also is available via Rand McNally’s online maps and directions, as well as on board Rand McNally’s RVND GPS, the first GPS designed specifically for RVers, according to a news release.

The app, powered by Rand McNally’s Best of the Road online platform, enables RVers to quickly access a listing of nearby RVDA member dealers across the U.S. and Canada. Each listing includes critical information such as location, contact information, and RVDA service certifications.

In the future, the app also will provide up-to-the-minute deals and specials available at dealer and service locations.

The information will be available on Rand McNally’s RVND GPS units shipping next month and as a download for current owners of the product.

RVDA member dealers will be able to easily update their entries via a password-protected online administrative tool specifically designed for the program. Updates flow on a regular basis to all products and applications.

“This app will be extremely beneficial to our members and allow RVers to quickly find a quality dealership and service provider at the touch of their fingertips on their smart phone, Rand McNally RV GPS device, or online,” stated RVDA Chairman of the Board Andy Heck of Alpin Haus, in Amsterdam, New York.

Rand McNally RVND-7720

“Our members will find it easy to update information about their dealerships by using a new password-protected online portal.”

In addition, RVDA dealer information will be integrated into Rand McNally’s Best of the Road “Best of RVing” microsite, and into maps and directions on randmcnally.com.

Best of RVing launched in May, provides content designed to engage and inspire RVers, offering a variety of information for the experienced and novice RVers.

“Now RVers will have quick access to RVDA members’ top-tier service locations whether they are planning their trip or on the road in an emergency situation,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally.

“Our Rand McNally RV GPS users as well as RVers using the mobile app or online maps will be able to access dealer data easily.”

The new app was showcased last week at RVDA’s Convention/Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 1-4, 2012.

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Rand McNally

Rand McNally is the most trusted source for maps, directions, and travel content.

Rand McNally’s products and services include road travel review site (bestoftheroad),  interactive travel referral service (tripology), America’s #1 Road Atlas, TripMaker RVND GPS for RVers, IntelliRoute truck routing software and mobile communication solutions for the transportation industry, and the leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom.

Consumers, businesses, truckers, and educators depend upon Rand McNally to help navigate today’s world.

Address: 9855 Woods Drive Skokie, Illinois 60077

Phone: (800) 333-0136

Website: randmcnally.com

Best of RVing website: bestoftheroad.com/rv

Best of the Road website: bestoftheroad.com

Tripology website: tripology.com

National RV Dealers Association (RVDA)

RVDA is the national association representing RV retailers. The association’s members include RV dealers, RV rental operators, and RV AfterMarket sales and service locations.

Address: 3930 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030-2515

Phone: (703) 591-7130

Website: www.rvda.org

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Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
—Tom Stoppard

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New Towing Capacities App Now Available

Are you shopping for a new or used tow vehicle, trailer, camper, boat, or other recreational vehicle?

The new Towing Capacities App from OnlineTowingGuide.com is the most comprehensive searchable mobile application available anywhere efficient way to find the right pickup or SUV for an RVer’s towing needs, the company announced this week.

Developed for Android smart phones, the Towing Capacities App from OnlineTowingGuide.com lets users search for pickups and SUVs by year, make and model, engine, transmission, and axle ratio, and even different trim levels!

Covering model years 2005 through 2012, and including Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge, Nissan, and Toyota, the Towing Capacities App is the most comprehensive searchable app on the market today, and it’s just $1.99.

“Users will love how fast and easily the app works, and how it can help them find the perfect tow vehicle,” said Brett Becker, editor and publisher of OnlineTowingGuide.com. “What’s more, if they’re shopping for a new trailer or RV, the Towing Capacities App is great for finding out how much your current vehicle can tow. It’s an incredibly valuable tool.”

“The app is a great information aid for the consumer, but it also can be a useful sales tool. It’s incredibly valuable for towing safely and responsibly, Becker added.”

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Online Towing Guide

Like so many other things, towing a trailer has a learning curve, so it’s critical to learn to tow a trailer safely and successfully, every time, and that’s where OnlineTowingGuide.com comes in.

Resources available on OnlineTowingGuide.com helps provide a solid understanding of the fundamentals of towing and provide tips and information on techniques and products that can help you make the process smoother and safer.

The site offers tow vehicle evaluations to assist buyers in locating a suitable the truck or SUV for your towing needs. After all, the more knowledge you have, the more comfortable you will be once you are on the road—and comfort goes a long way toward enhancing safety.

Address: 255 Eugenia Drive, Ventura, Calif. 93003

Phone: (805) 850-8310

Website: onlinetowingguide.com

Towing Capacities App

Towing Capacities App lets you search for specific towing capacities of every domestic and imported pickup truck and SUV sold in the United States from 2005 to 2012.

Cost: $1.99

To download the app, visit play.google.com.

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DeLorme inReach Selected for Gear of the Year Award

DeLorme, an innovation leader in navigation technology, has announced that its new inReach Satellite Communicator has been chosen for a Gear of the Year award by Men’s Journal magazine.

DeLorme inReach 2-Way Satellite Communicator with GPS (Credit: delorme.com)

The inReach is a personal communication device that, for the first time, offers affordable two-way satellite communication, message delivery confirmation, remote tracking, and SOS emergency capability anywhere in the world, according to a Wednesday (December 14) news release.

It is available from retail and online outlets offering electronics or outdoor recreation gear.
According to Men’s Journal, its editorial experts scour the globe each year for “the coolest gadgets, the most tech savvy active wear, and the all-around best gear out there for the active, accomplished man.”

Priced at $249, inReach can serve as a standalone device for sending pre-programmed messages and SOS alerts and activating remote tracking.

When paired with a user’s Android phone or DeLorme’s Earthmate PN-60w handheld GPS, inReach enables two-way text messaging, allowing users to exchange information with family, friends, colleagues, or emergency responders. Messages can also be posted to Facebook and Twitter.

Messages are relayed by inReach to and from Iridium satellites, which make up the world’s furthest-reaching communications network. The inReach is built around the Iridium 9602 short-burst data transceiver, enabling its global, two-way connectivity.

Android sample map screen (Credit: delorme.com)

“We believe inReach’s affordable communication capabilities can dramatically expand what’s possible in remote or high risk environments, and it’s very gratifying to see that recognized,” said Jim Skillings, DeLorme vice president for commercial products. “Already, we have inReach units headed to Africa for a kayaking expedition and to Antarctica.”

The inReach has received numerous other prestigious accolades, including a 2011 Popular Science Best of What’s New selection, 2012 CES Innovations honors, a National Geographic Adventure Gear of the Year award, and Outside Magazine Gear of the Show and GearJunkie.com Best of Show awards from the industry-leading Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show.

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DeLorme
DeLorme is a longtime leader in innovative mapping and GPS products, and most recently the company has earned numerous prestigious awards for its integration of GPS navigation and satellite communications. The ability to develop all the critical components necessary to compete in these fast-changing technologies distinguishes DeLorme as a provider of unique solutions for both the commercial and government markets.

DeLorme is based in Yarmouth, Maine, and is home to Eartha, the world’s largest revolving globe.

DeLorme's Earthmate PN-60w handheld GPS sample screens (Credit: delorme.com)

Address: 2 DeLorme Drive, P.O. Box 298, Yarmouth, ME 04096

Phone: (800) 561-5105

Website: delorme.com

Iridium Communications Inc.
Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations, and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network-Iridium NEXT.

A publicly traded company headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Iridium Communications Inc. manages several operations centers, including Tempe, Arizona and Leesburg, Virginia.

The U.S. Department of Defense, through its own dedicated gateway, relies on Iridium for global communications capabilities.

Address: 1750 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1400, McLean, VA 22102

Phone: (703) 287-7400

Website: iridium.com

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