reviews
I Tried the Most Futuristic Car Dashboard You Can Buy

We all know we’re supposed to ignore our smartphones while driving. Yet somehow it’s OK to take our eyes off the road to glance at some kind of GPS unit? Navdy is one of the first GPS devices that claims to be safer for drivers by putting the map and other info front and centre so your eyes stay on the road—it’s also one of the most comprehensive in-car navigation devices on the market. Read More >>

history
How Far They’ll Go: Disney’s Moana Shows The Power Of Polynesian Celestial Navigation

One of the greatest feats of human migration in history was the colonisation of the vast Pacific Ocean by Polynesian peoples. They achieved it thanks to their sophisticated knowledge of positional astronomy and celestial navigation. Read More >>

science
Dung Beetles Navigate by Storing Star Maps in Their Tiny Brains

Dung beetles have this cool trick which means they’re able to use the positions of the stars to orient themselves along a straight line, making them the only known animal to use the Milky Way for navigation. Exactly how they do this has remained a mystery—until now. Read More >>

apps
Waze Now Tells You the Best Time to Drive, Days Ahead of Time

Traffic sucks. It makes driving frustratingly unpredictable, but a new feature in the Waze app aims to kill all that guesswork. Read More >>

maps
A New Technique Makes GPS Accurate to an Inch

GPS is an utterly pervasive and wonderful technology, but it’s increasingly not accurate enough for modern demands. Now a team of researchers can make it accurate right down to just a couple of centimetres. Read More >>

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Garmin’s New Sat Navs Can Spot Hazards on the Road Before You Do

Distracted driving was a problem even before we all had smartphones buzzing in our pockets. But it’s an even bigger issue now, and one that Garmin wants to help solve with its new Drive line of sat navs that include improved driver awareness features alerting you to possible concerns on the road ahead. Read More >>

gadgets
Magellan’s New Aftermarket Dash Cams Can See All the Way Around Your Vehicle

Many luxury vehicles offer a 360-degree view around your car on the dashboard which makes squeezing into tight parking spots much easier. Magellan now offers the same omnipotent vision to your junky ride with a new GPS nav unit that can connect to cameras mounted all around a vehicle. Read More >>

research
Forget Google Maps, Animals Have Incredible Natural Compasses

Animals are far more intelligent than we often give them credit for. Orcas are chillingly intelligent hunters, crows can use tools, solve problems and even study human behaviour, while chimpanzees are undoubtedly brainier than many people I've met. We’re slowly realising just how much they’re capable of, and scientists have just made a breakthrough regarding animals’ natural navigational systems. Read More >>

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Google Finally Lets You Download Maps for Offline Navigation and Search

We’ve all been in that unfortunate situation when we’re lost with no reception, and our phone’s navigation features are neutered as a result. Now, Google is offering a dead simple solution. You can download snippets of the world for offline navigation and search. Read More >>

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Apple’s Indoor Survey App Creates Building Interior Maps Using an iPhone

A new iOS app has just been released with little Apple fanfare that allows users to map out the interior spaces of a building using just an iPhone. Read More >>

research
Electric Shocks to the Leg Could Help You Navigate Without Looking Up

Looking up to find the way is so 2014. Instead, a team of researchers suggests, small electrodes on your thighs could be used to direct you as wander the city streets—a technique that they refer to as 'human cruise control.' Read More >>

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A Mammoth Ice Breaker Frees a Ship Trapped in the Frozen Ocean

Despite all our advanced shipbuilding and navigation tech, sailing through Arctic or Antarctic waters can still treacherous—as an Australian fishing boat discovered after it got stuck in in the ice this week. Today, the US Coastal Guard's icebreaker, Polar Star, came to the rescue. Read More >>

locations
These Underwater Mountains are More Dangerous Than They Look

The ocean can look enormously peaceful but under the surface, things aren't nearly so calm. And on the coast of North Africa, the UK's Royal Navy found another salty hazard: two previously unmapped underwater mountains, jutting up from the seabed. Read More >>

science
Scientists Who Discovered the Brain’s Natural GPS Won the Nobel Prize

When you walk around a space, certain cells in your brain are quietly mapping out a grid so that you can easily navigate it. It's a lot like GPS – and we know this thanks to three scientists who just won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Read More >>