CES 2009 preview: GPS

CNET editors give you a preview of what they expect to see in the GPS and portable navigation category at CES 2009.

TeleNav Shotgun
TeleNav Shotgun Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Portable navigation devices (PNDs) continued to draw a lot of interest in 2008 as more and more consumers became aware of the advantages of in-car GPS and they became more affordable. We think prices will continue to drop in the new year since the market is oversaturated with these navigation aids and the GPS manufacturers compete to get new customers. However, it's going to take more than an alluring price tag to keep the industry going.

With most PNDs offering the same core features and with the pressure and increasing popularity of GPS-enabled cell phones and location-based services, GPS manufacturers are having to step up their game by coming up with new technologies and features. That's why we expect to see more connected devices like the Dash Express and TeleNav Shotgun in 2009, bringing the most up-to-date maps and real-time data to drivers at all times. Finally, we believe voice commands, traffic capabilities, advanced lane guidance, and 3D building/landmark renderings will continue to makes their way to more and more GPS.

Featured Video
6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Man flies 54-propeller superdrone, almost flips it, Ep. 217

This week on Crave, we walk you through a futuristic new automated restaurant in San Francisco, get navigation directions from the sultry voice of Stephen Colbert on Waze, and fly a drone with 54 propellers that can carry a full-grown man. It's the Crave show!

by Stephen Beacham