GPS signals commentary to campervans

A New Zealand campervan company is to use satellite-triggered commentary services developed in Auckland.

A New Zealand campervan company is now using satellite-triggered commentary services developed in Auckland. Kruse Commentary Systems of Parnell has developed the systems for KEA campers, using signals from GPS satellites that automatically trigger and play commentaries as the vehicles enter a pre-determined location. Each unit contains a small electronics box and recorded area information of more than 800 locations across New Zealand. The commentaries are up to 8.5 minutes long. Kruse managing director Jonathan Kruse says the technology was developed with Industrial Research, which provided hardware and software, and his recording services business Kruse Productions. Kruse has also been installed aboard TranzRail's Kaimai Express and Geyserland services, and the Waikato Commuter service, where it automatically plays station announcements and safety messages. The campervan service starts in November, in English, and plans are under way for commentary services in German. Kruse says a real-time service offering road and weather conditions is also being evaluated. He also reports overseas interest in his systems, saying a major Canadian tourism operator is about to sign a deal.

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