New algorithm supercharges robot navigation

Suppose you're trying to navigate an unfamiliar section of a big city, and you're using a particular cluster of skyscrapers as a reference point. Traffic and one-way streets force you to take some odd turns, and for a while you lose sight of your landmarks. When they reappear, in order to use them for navigation, you have to be able to identify them as the same buildings you were tracking before — as well as your orientation relative to them.

Dung beetles navigate using Milky Way

The ancient Egyptians associated the dung beetle with the sun, seeing a parallel between the way it rolls its ball of dung and the way the sun moves across the sky.

Flying robot navigates for itself

Cornell researchers have created an autonomous flying robot that they say can maneuver around obstacles as efficiently as a bird.

Source of animals' magnetic sense found

Scientists say they've identified 'internal compass needles' in the noses of rainbow trout, helping explain the way many creatures can navigate using the Earth's magnetic field.

Toyota turns Nintendo DS into nav system remote

The Nintendo DS may be one of the most popular portable gaming systems on the market, but one auto manufacturer has taken the device a step further.

'GPS maps' found in pigeons' brains

Neuroscientists have finally established just how birds use the built-in 'GPS' system that helps them navigate using the Earth’s magnetic field.

Feds eye elimination of dynamic GPS maps

I can certainly understand the call from Washington and state governments to eliminate distracted driving as much as possible.

Tighter restrictions proposed on in-car gadgets

Carmakers should disable built-in electronic devices while the vehicle's in motion, under new proposals from transportation secretary Ray LaHood.

Fabled Viking 'sunstone' shown to really work

French researchers have backed up the idea that Viking seafarers were able to navigate even on cloudy days by using 'sunstones' with special properties.

European satellite launch heralds more accurate GPS

The European Space Agency has launched the first two Galileo satellites which will give Europe its own satellite navigation system for the first time.

BMW debuts Ulimate Drive app

Do you enjoy driving your shiny BMW but feel like all the sweet routes are passing you by? Well, at the risk of sounding clichéd, yes there is an app to help with that.

Puffins search for optimal migration route

Puffins are funny looking, but appearances aren’t everything. It turns out that the funny little birds are smart enough to “scout out” their own migration routes.

Boeing preps next-gen GPS for launch


Boeing has completed prelaunch testing for the first of 12 next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF navigation spacecraft.

Report: GM eyes Android for in-vehicle telematics

General Motors (GM) is reportedly in talks with Google to develop in-vehicle telematics that could potentially challenge Ford's Sync platform.

TomTom reveals capacitive touchscreen GPS

Unveiled as "the first in a whole new generation of navigation devices," TomTom today announced its Go Live 1000 GPS unit, the first from the company to sport a capacitive touchscreen display.

Cellphones taking over satnav market

Dedicated navigation devices such as those from TomTom and Garmin could be on the way out, according to ComScore.

Toshiba debuts rugged, in-vehicle hard drive

Toshiba has debuted a rugged, 200GB HDD for in-vehicle use. 



Cisco takes a walk on the Flip Slide

Cisco has introduced its Flip Slide HD video camera. The $280 device stores up to four hours of high-def digital video and up to 12 hours of content.