Navigation

  • This US$129 gadget mounts to your motorcycle to give you clean visual navigation cues while you ride. It’s waterproof and shockproof, with an automatic night light and a 30-hour battery, it twist-locks on and off all your bikes, and you can choose between turn-by-turn or beeline-style navigation.
  • When a motorist enters an overpass that runs parallel to a ground-level road, it's possible that their GPS navigation system will think that they're still ON the lower road. A new system created at the University of Hong Kong is designed to keep that from happening.
  • ​​In a way, our options are pretty limited when it comes to finding our way around the ocean. But scientists are claiming a new breakthrough in the world of underwater navigation, taking inspiration from marine animals that use polarizing light in some clever ways.​
  • Pulsars have been proposed as a space navigation system in the past. Now NASA has demonstrated the viability of the idea, with an experiment showing that a spacecraft can constantly and automatically calculate its position by tracking the perfectly-predictable X-ray signals from an array of pulsars.
  • GPS can be a useful inclusion in a drone's navigational toolkit. But there are areas where the technology just doesn't cut it. Nvidia researchers are currently working on a navigation system that relies on visual recognition and computer learning to make sure drones don't get lost in the woods.
  • In 2013, Nuviz successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign for a head-up display (HUD) device for motorcyclists that would attach directly to an existing helmet. Four years later, the device is ready for release, putting customizable information close to the rider’s natural line of sight​.
  • ​We've already seen bicycle handlebars that double as a lock, and that soak up bumps in the road … but neither of those will guide you through the city streets. The currently-crowdfunding Wink Bar does so, however, plus it lights up, deters thieves, and shows you where your bike is.
  • ​If you want GPS-enabled navigation on your motorcycle, you can of course just mount your smartphone on the handlebars. According to Steven Friedlander, however, trying to look at that little screen while riding isn't an ideal setup. His alternative? Gloves that'll show you where to go.
  • Science
    GPS might seem like a godsend, but apart from occasionally leading drivers astray, researchers at University College London (UCL) suggest that simply following instructions given by your navigational app could have another negative effect: allowing parts of your brain to go dormant.
  • Trucking might not be a glamorous job, but that doesn't mean drivers can't enjoy luxuries we expect of regular road cars. Volvo has been pushing technology previously reserved for cars into its range of trucks, with a new navigation system designed to make life easier for long-haul drivers.
  • Although we still need to drive them, sensors and cameras mounted around modern cars can still be used to further the self-driving breed. VW and Mobileye plan to do just that, creating a detailed map using cameras and sensors on new cars sold after 2018.
  • Many cyclists like to think that they're freer than motorists. If you share that mindset, then you might like the Beeline. It's a navigation device that shows the direction and distance of your destination, but leaves it up to you to figure out how to get there.