My friend Brad and I were playing golf yesterday and we used his Blackberry to navigate to the course. I didn’t realize that new Blackberry models have built-in GPS chips and that, with the TeleNav service provided by Sprint/Nextel, you can get driving directions just as with in-car navigation systems. Wow. Brad’s a big fan, claiming it’s nearly as useful as email. Very, very cool. Given that Blackberrys are connected to a network, they could be used to collect and communicate traffic information in real-time, and of course reroute accordingly. I did my college thesis on using cars as probes for real-time traffic information back in the day, so this is especially exciting!
The Blackberry insight blog gives a great overview on Blackberry & GPS.