Standalone GPS Units Are Doomed, Apparently

The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Benderoff argues that GPS-enabled cellphones will doom standalone GPS units (and the companies that make them). Not that music-enabled phones have doomed iPods or cameraphones have doomed digital cameras — the apostles of convergence devices have rarely been right — but whatever. He’s arguing that the ubiquity of GPS chips will render standalone GPS receivers superfluous. Then again, I’m not sure what standalone GPS receivers are any more: the old-style handheld GPS receiver has been subsumed by dash-mounted navigation units, wrist-mounted fitness devices, and GPS-equipped handhelds. Via GeoCarta.

Previously: GPS Everywhere: A Solution in Search of a Problem?