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Car GPS Devices - Easy Navigation at Your Fingertips

Jul 17, 2008
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a combination of satellites which is able to accurately identify the location, direction, speed and time of a person anywhere on Earth. The US military developed GPS over twenty years ago and US President Ronald Regan allowed the public access to the system during his time in the oval office. This means that today anyone can use the system provided they have a working GPS device.

Today, GPS technology is used in literally thousands of different situations. They are used for military, recreational or commercial purposes and have been useful in predicting earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural catastrophes. However, for the average individual, the most well known use of a GPS is as navigational device for their car.

What are the Benefits of a In-Car GPS Unit?

Car GPS units enable you to navigate your car anywhere in the world. Tracked by GPS satellites, they are able accurately tell where you currently are, how to get to your chosen location and the best route to get there.

As they are designed for everyday use, GPS car devices are also very easy to use. They have user friendly options and designs, enabling you to quickly and easily find the places where you are wanting to go. It is possible to use a GPS device to drive your car right across the world, as some people have actually done. Some GPS devices even give your weather conditions and other details to help you on your journey.

Different Types of In-Car GPS Units

There are literally hundreds of different types of GPS units and brands available on the market today. How much these units cost depends on their features, brand and quality.

One GPS unit that you can use in your car is the Garmin Nuvi 660. This gadget has a wide and clear screen, and you are able to use your phone with the device for hands free communication.

A relatively affordable unit it the Hp iPaq rx5900 Travel Companion. It much smaller than other brands but given its features it is really all you'll probably need. It even includes music and games to keep you entertain on your trip.

One of the more popular gadgets is the Magellan Maestro 5250. Information on the traffic and how busy the roads are up ahead are available with this device. It is also Bluetooth enabled. Another popular unit is the Pioneer AVC-Z2. It is bigger than other units but this is because of its increased memory capacity. This enables it to hold more details inside its maps.

If you are looking to buy a GPS device then you should get the best unit that you can afford in order to have one with as many features as you can have. This ensures you have the best device. Of course, you should also be aware that there are comparable GPS units that can be lower in price. Not all GPS devices are user friendly, however. You should always test drive a new unit you are thinking of buying to ensure that you can use the device and that it won't be more of a hassle than an aid.
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