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An Auto GPS System Transforms Geographic Challenges

Aug 17, 2007
Traditional paper road map fold outs and booklets are quickly being replaced by auto GPS devices as a long distance travelers mandatory tool of choice. Since GPS technology has been transformed from a purely military use and have recently in the past ten years been made readily available to almost everybody, more and more vehicle navigator systems have been introduced.

There are essentially only two types of auto GPS systems, the favorite variety being the bigger and usually fixed (not portable) global positioning devices. Some tag this particular type of electronic guide as the, true car navigator, as it is more exact and easy to use than its other counter part. It has an adequately sized display screen that can be very easily viewed even at an arms length. It also has a clear voice guidance feature which prompts the driver when and where to turn or notifies the person if a designated point of interest is already near.

The second type of auto GPS system generally covers the smaller and more portable ones. They also have the same functions and features as their bigger counter parts. However, hand held automobile global positioning system devices are not very easy to use. They have a small screen that makes it difficult for drivers to immediately consult it without having to stop and look at the details displayed on LCD. While some can manage to drive and look at it at the same time (not recommended), studies have shown that this could be perilous.

Vehicle GPS devices can be an indispensable tool for those who frequently travel by land to new destinations, towns or cities. It could spare them from taking occasional embarrassing stops in order to ask for directions. While traditional road map design has certainly improved over the years, it cannot provide real time prompts or updates like their electronic versions that can save drivers from long delays or dangerous situations that can be easily avoided.

Car GPS units are not just for the topographically illiterate (those who can not read a map). Knowing the main roads and passageways are usually fairly easy to memorize, however traffic and road closures are impossible to predict. If you combine not knowing the roads and passageways plus not knowing the traffic and news of road closures, GPS systems sound even more attractive. Since Auto GPS System devices are regularly being updated by the satellites on weather and road conditions, drivers will be efficiently advised as to what roads to take in order to pass up heavy traffic.
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