Global positioning systems have slowly crept into our lives over the past few years and are now must-have tools for finding that important meeting in an unfamiliar city or tracking your traveling sales team. GPS is becoming the future of how we move.
Like all technologies, the more popular they become the cheaper they get, which is why over the next few years you’ll begin to see GPS in virtually every car, phone, and gadget you purchase. What’s better is the manufacturers that make these devices are beginning to cram more technologies into them to help differentiate themselves and to avoid becoming obsolete.
So whether you’re a seasoned road warrior who wants an upgrade from the page-flipping Thomas Guide days or you want to replace your current dashboard-mounted navigation system, here is what you can look forward to.
Talking to Your GPS
The Garmin Nuvi 880 allows you to go hands-free with its voice-recognition software for easy destination searching. However, the technology needs improvement, as some tests of the device have determined that the speech-recognition application isn’t exactly a completely hands-free process. Instead of allowing you to simply say where you want to go, you must scroll to your selected point of interest and then you’ll be able to command it to bring you there. Keep a lookout, though, as this will only get better with time.
Managing Through GPS
If your business involves managing drivers or a sales team or you need to keep an eye on employee efficiency, the Dreevo from Mobile Devices is a state-of-the-art product for you. It enables tracking, messaging, and navigation in one unique application. The sophisticated software is completely configurable and can be quickly adapted to meet the specific needs of the end user, across all business sectors. Complete with modem and SIM card, the Dreevo is able to send and receive messages, send routing information, relay orders, place phone calls, and obtain service information such as weather reports and real-time traffic information. This device is targeted to both B2B and B2C markets.
Navigating Through the Web
Dash Express GPS from Dash Navigation Inc. gives users the ability to conduct Web searches for products and services or even to find the best rates at a hotel and then give you the directions to find it. Created in partnership with Yahoo!, the Dash Express offers traffic monitoring by collecting traffic information from other drivers and the data is sent anonymously back to the servers at the Dash Network Operations Center. The Dash Express servers then update all other Dash devices in the area with current road speeds. This technology will only improve as more users join the network and its recent partnership with Inrix, the premier traffic data provider in the United States, grows.
Many new GPS will keep track of your position even if you lose your satellite connection. But when a signal is lost, many are unable to keep up with a vehicle’s turn-by-turn progress. The Sony Nav-U solves that problem with a series of sensors built in to the unit that accurately detect how far you’ve traveled in any direction so you will always remain on course after losing then regaining a signal.