Navigating Through the World of Navigation Systems For Your Car

Emily Smart By Emily Smart, 1st Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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My experience after coming back from my recent trip in short article

Navigating Through the World of Navigation Systems For Your Car

After my last trip, I have decided on going ahead with using both my smartphone and the inbuilt GPS system in my car for navigation. While I may not be changing my smartphone app anytime soon, I have nevertheless taken a look at some of the other applications in the market.

In terms of features, a smartphone application should be able of performing offline as well as in real time. This is pretty important as the data connectivity when driving cannot be relied on completely. My trip was fine as the area is pretty well developed and has good internet connectivity throughout. However for other areas of the country, especially the more remote ones, offline performance of a navigation app will matter a great deal.

Unlike real time apps, offline maps need to be downloaded before the trip commences. In a real time app, this information is processed on the go. I think downloading and keeping a map saved can prove to be incredibly useful, especially during the longer road trips. I am considering of downloading detailed maps myself for our next road trip. These offline maps are available in both 2D and 3D and allow drivers to navigate without having to rely on the internet at all.

Sure, offline apps do not offer vital real time data, such as that of immediate traffic updates. However, these maps are incredibly accurate and detailed and given patchy internet connections, the performance of an offline navigation app will more often than not prove to be better than that of a real time app which relies on the internet.

As such, I think that people who drive around more frequently than I do will definitely see a lot of benefits out of making use of offline maps. I am planning to do so myself, but I think that everybody ought to do it as a precautionary step. Without the help of this technology, one can very easily get lost or one would need to stop and ask around for directions every now and then. This would be something really silly in today’s modern world.

Some of the offline navigation apps also offer speed limit warnings and speed camera warnings so as to allow drivers to stay within prescribed limits and avoid getting fined. This is a really great feature, as a driver can get warned about speeding and can avoid losing his license.

I can see a number of benefits of using these warnings. Every area has different speed limits and the use of the system can make the process quite efficient, without any fear of crossing limits. This is something, which will definitely be of great use to professional drivers on the highway.

I have since, also taken a look at some of the newer systems that offer great speed detection capabilities. These are also available on smartphone apps; however, some of the high end standalone systems feature laser and radar technology, which allow the detection of police guns and even mobile speed cameras. These high end features are what professional transportation companies may consider.


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author avatar flow1759
1st Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing

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author avatar Retired
3rd Jun 2015 (#)

Great info! Thanks!

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author avatar Retired
5th Jun 2015 (#)

These apps are useful. I have Google Maps on my phone which has proved useful in the past.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jun 2015 (#)

Now with driverless cars on the anvil, things will change faster - siva

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