updated 02:30 pm EST, Mon November 10, 2008
TeleNav intros Shotgun GPS
TeleNav, normally a GPS software developer for cell phones, has recently introduced its first piece of hardware with the introduction of a GPS unit, the Shotgun. Sporting a 4.3-inch touchscreen, the device connects to the Internet over a GSM network to receive real-time traffic updates and other information. Users of the device can send specific addresses or their own locations to each other over the network to allow them to meet up. Quick access to restaurant reviews from other diners, weather updates, as well as daily commute alerts are part of the package as well.
The Shotgun will update traffic information automatically every five minutes and give users alternate directions they can choose to ignore or take with the press of a virtual button. Gas prices are also beamed to the device.
TeleNav enables users to plan their trip and set waypoints from their home desktops and send them to the Shotgun thanks to plug-ins for popular web browsers. As well, firmware and POI database updates will be delivered as they are released or on a quarterly basis via the data connection.
The TeleNav Shotgun is priced at $299 and includes a three-month subscription to the TeleNav Connected Service. To extend their subscriptions, buyers will need to opt for a two-year plan for $239 or a one-year contract for $129. [via CrunchGear]