Goodbye GPS

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GPS for travel navigation is so… yesterday. Israeli startup Iway Mobile along with Cellcom, the country’s largest mobile phone operator, have launched what they say is the world’s first complete communications, Internet and entertainment system for the automobile.

The Comodo Console will be sold first exclusively in Israel, but Iway is in talks to sell the product to cellular operators in other countries, most likely France, Russia and China first in line, over the next six months.

Besides English, the operating system is programmed for 20 languages, including Russian, Arabic and Chinese, and more will be added.

Comodo includes a 4.3 inch touchscreen, speakerphone, a rear camera to increase security when in reverse, a GPS antenna and a cellular modem for an always-on connection to the Internet via a 3G cellular network. The driver can listen to radio stations from around the globe.

There is one world that hasn’t yet been captured by the Internet revolution, and that is the automobile,” said Adi Cohen, head of marketing at Cellcom told a press conference on Sunday reported by Reuters.

To ensure drivers’ safety, videos can be watched only when the car is not moving, and emails can be received but not sent. Text messaging and chatting services are not available, and the 80 applications can be activated with two clicks.

The three-dimensional navigation system warns drivers when approaching a dangerous road or intersection and can alert when the driver is exceeding the speed limit or to problems up ahead, such as camels on the road.

I actually haven’t encountered camels in the road for quite a while, but it’s good to know the Comodo can detect them.

According to the report, the Comodo will cost NIS 109 ($23.5) a month for 36 months, and the service package without the music costs NIS 20 a month and another NIS 15  for the music. (via 21cIsraelity)

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