Dell is planning to launch a GPS/WiFi card for netbooks that will allow users to obtain driving directions via their computers. The card, at $69, will be one of the options buyers get when they purchase Dell's Mini 10 netbook. It combines the GPS technology from Broadcom with the WiFi technology from Skyhook Wireless. Alan Sicher, senior wireless product manager at Dell, says that the device will be useful in other countries, as well as in areas with poor cell phone reception. This new development will likely provide competition for GPS companies such as Garmin and TomTom.
There will be an annual fee for map updates but whether that's a download or a shipped CD, and how much it will cost is unknown. The screensize of a netbook is just about perfect for use as a GPS
when you're driving so this sounds like a great product to me.
CURT FINCH has more than two decades of software development and distributed workforce management experience. In 1997, Curt created the world's first internet-based timesheet application and the foundation for the current Journyx product offering. Curt has a B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. His book, All Your Money, is available on Amazon. @curtfinch