Automotive GPS and the Evolution in the Road Trip

12/02/2011 12:15

I remember the days after i was a kid when my mom would take her three boys towards local travel office before we went out on one of our family's summer vacations. She would end up spending about an hour there while we languished in uncomfortable chairs conversing with an attendant and achieving us one of those magical Trip Tics, a hand-held flip map that highlighted our route and told us where to search. This was years before automotive GPS devices hit the buyer market, but that is just what these devices would become modeled after.


Today, you won't need to spend any time at an office to learn about all the different places you should remain on a road trip. All you need to do is take your trusty Garmin, TomTom, of Magellan with you on your trip. These powerful navigation computers are utilize information made available on the Global Positioning system (GPS) and therefore are now much smaller, additional accurate, and much simpler to use than old local travel office Trip Tics.

Automotive GPS has literally replaced almost every aspect of the Trip Tics functionality, even voice from the passenger seat directing the motive force where to turn. Modern GPS will come with turn-by-turn driving directions that will lead you instantly to your destination. Some models even enable you to hear your directions in over 30 different languages along with over 50 different voices.

An automotive navigation GPS can be going to help you get an even better picture of where you stand at on your trip and the way long it will take you to arrive at your destination than the usual Trip Tic will. Taking information through the satellites spinning across the earth, the GPS receiver can pinpoint your physical location to within a three yard radius. Constant monitoring of one's location can tell the device how fast you are traveling. These bits of information are then used combined with the known distance between your target destination to calculate around time of arrival.

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Automotive GPS has dramatically changed how people vacation and navigate their world. The technology behind the unit is constantly being incorporated into all sorts of other gadgets, creating navigation GPS out from many new and interesting items - such as the cell phone. The future of GPS navigation is with the cellphone.