Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs) will peak next year before the great decline

They say that what goes up must come down, so it is no surprise to read about global shipments of Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs) peaking at around 42 million units in 2011, followed by a gradual decline thereafter. Even with growing shipments in emerging markets such as Brazil, China, India and Russia are unable to stem the tide of decline in Europe and North America, which goes to show just how much more important and powerful the once-humble cellphone is these days. Frankly, we can’t really think of why you should fork out so much more of a premium for a dedicated GPS system when your smartphone can also get you from Point A to Point B in unfamiliar territories equally as fast – albeit for some software that lacks real time traffic updates.

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