Market for navigation solutions gains momentum

Shipments of handset-based personal navigation solutions in Europe and the US are forecast to grow 86% annually and reach 12 million units by 2009.
According to Berg Insight, last year marked the first successful marriage of cellular and navigation technologies, resulting in shipments of around one million on-board and off-board systems, mainly in the fourth quarter. Handset-based personal navigation solutions are expected to grow by 86% year-on-year.
"We are very optimistic about the market potential for mobile personal navigation services," says Johan Fagerberg, senior analyst at Berg Insight. "There is already a wide range of navigation solutions available for both smartphones and Java-enabled handsets. Technologies like A-GPS, indoor-GPS and Galileo will soon enable handset manufacturers to include satellite positioning in mass-market models for the European market. This will radically improve the market conditions for navigation and all other location-based services."
Jentro, Route66 and TomTom were the top three providers of handset-based personal navigation solutions during 2005. Thanks to a strong final quarter in the German market, Jentro was able to snatch the top spot with its off-board solution for Java-handsets. Meanwhile, Route66 and TomTom reinforced their market positions with on-board solutions for Symbian OS smartphones.