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February 23, 2013

Navigating With Devices That Know Landmarks

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By ROY FURCHGOTT, NY Times

An important goal for makers of GPS navigation devices is to deliver maps and route guidance that will not be dangerous distractions for drivers.Spoken directions would seem to be a good solution, but telling people “Turn right at Baker Street” might just make people ignore the road ahead while straining to read street signs. Garmin has taken the next step with its Real Directions feature, which gives route guidance using landmarks, much as people naturally do. Instead of saying “Turn left at Belvedere Avenue,” six of Garmin’s new models, ranging in price from about $200 to $380, say “Turn left at the stoplight,” or “Turn left after the Starbucks.”The screen shows a map with an icon for the landmark.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/automobiles/navigating-with-devices-that-know-landmarks.html

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