Software companies use GPS to deliver weather info to drivers

| Friday, June 16, 2006

With hurricane season upon us, it’s important to have a reliable weather-notification system available when you’re out on the road, and at least one company may have an answer.

WeatherBug, a company best known for its weather information software for personal computers, is launching a new service that uses Global Positioning System technology to relay relevant and current weather information to mobile devices, such as cell phones or PDAs, according to information on the company’s Web site.

Because the software pinpoints the location of the mobile phone, the information can be narrowed to include only the immediate area. WeatherBug’s system involves special software that can be downloaded onto a cell phone; however, other companies are also exploring the idea of using text messaging as a means for delivering the information, the Washington Post reported.

For more information on the WeatherBug software, visit weatherbug.com.

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