With this new collaboration, Mio looks to offer consumers a next-generation GPS device that goes beyond traditional point-to-point navigation.
PND manufacturer Mio Technology and Qualcomm has announced a collaboration to develop connected personal navigation devices (PNDs). These new connected PNDs will leverage Qualcomm's technology with the QST1100 chipset that integrates application processing, GPS and cellular connectivity.
Mio was already displaying a concept of connected PND at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. The company's connected portable navigation system concept is a slim device that features a flat-panel design. It can conduct local searches for the latest point-of-interest information and other real-time data like gas prices and movie times.
“Personal navigation devices have been growing dramatically in popularity, and Mio is proud to be one of the first companies to offer the connectivity of cellular networks to PND users, making information access seamless and reliable,” said Samuel Wang, president of Mio Technology Corporation. “We are happy to be working with Qualcomm to introduce a new family of PND devices that will allow people to explore more.”
Mio Technology offers a wide array of mobile navigation products, which today includes car navigation systems, handheld navigation systems, PDA navigation systems and GPS PDA phones, all designed to enable people to explore and discover the world around them. Mio Technology is among the world's top three vendors of mobile devices with integrated GPS.