GPS Navigation System

A GPS navigation system is a device that’s really proliferating out into the world at an enormous pace. These GPS systems are everywhere, and are becoming quite affordable. However, it’s actually been a long time coming. The first GPS system was successfully tested by the U.S. Navy way back in 1960. Quite a long time ago, wouldn’t you say? It wasn’t until 1973, however, that a full blown satellite GPS system was fully in place, which makes sense because by that time rocket launches into space had become routine.

The U.S. military set up this broad global positioning system (GPS) in order to track its submarines, ships, airplane, ground vehicles, tanks, you name it. This new tracking system has proven itself much more reliable than radar ever was and operates perfectly in all types of weather. The current GPS system is still maintained and regulated by the U.S. government, although millions of civilians access the system every day.

What’s extremely potent about our current GPS system is that it tracks in all three dimensions, allowing it to track things in the air and underneath the sea. Both longitude, latitude, and altitude are measured, along with the exact correct time. As you can see, GPS systems aren’t only used in our automobiles or in our PDA’s. In fact, GPS navigation systems are used by scientists in order to study earthquakes, and are also used by transportation systems the world over. Civilian shipping companies track their planes, trains, ships, and other vehicles using this robust and very accurate tracking system, most likely things would grind to a halt without if it ever malfunctioned, at least for a short while. Kind of scary to contemplate.

Consumer GPS applications extend to our cars, our computers, our PDAs, our cell phones, our cameras, and many are even hand held devices, giving people a wide variety of options, which of course they appreciate. A consumer GPS navigation system needs to have a power source and be connected to a computer in order to function.

Hand held GPS devices are perfect for hikers, backpackers, and cyclists who have to cover large areas of ground during the night, in bad weather, in remote areas, or all three. These hand held devices can record trip information for safety as well. They have replaceable batteries, smaller touch screens, are rugged, and are often water resistant too. If you’re a hiker or biker and you’re going to be out in the wilderness it’s best to have one of these hand held GPS devices for your safety. Extreme skiers, snowboarders, and mountain climbers should take the exact same advice. This device can literally save your life, it’s already saved hundreds of lives as proof of this fact.

An automobile GPS system is sometimes called a mobile GPS system and has a rechargeable battery which is charged from the car’s engine. These GPS systems can be what’s called “in dashboard” meaning that they cannot be removed, or they can be portable GPS systems that you can take with you when you’re done driving. Both are good, but, of course the in dashboard system tends to look more impressive and is becoming yet another status symbol.

Mobile phones can also contain a GPS device, in fact most of the new smartphones and PDAs will have the option of becoming GPS ready. Of course you’ll need to upload the correct software, and most likely have a java enabled cell phone as well. Some phones are what are called assisted GPS phones and others offer full coverage. Assisted GPS phones are limited to the carrier’s cell tower range. There are also hybrid models that use a combination of both features.

Your PC can even have a GPS system which is good when you’re taking a long car trip and you have your laptop along. It’s good for trip planning and your map overview will now be on a much larger screen, which is nice.

GPS modules, the systems that work with computers, laptops, PDAs and smartphones will most likely use a USB cable and you will have to install the correct software in order for it to work properly.

The Tom Tom GPS navigations systems are very popular. This Dutch company competes with Garmin, and dominates the European market, however it’s also making strides in North America. In 2008 it bought Tele Atlas for around 3 billion euros, in order to have its own in-house mapping system.

Tom Tom makes GPS navigation systems for cars, motorcycles, PDAs and cell phones. The Go is their hand held model. The Tom Tom One or One XL is the automobile GPS system. Rider’s are for motorcycles, and the Navigator system is for PDAs, Palms, and smartphones.

Garmin (a U.S. company) also makes very similar products and competes head to head. Their products are considered as good or better. Nowadays a GPS navigation system is becoming almost ubiquitous, they’re all around us and have become an excellent tool and safety device.

This GPS Navigation System Review is Written/Updated on May 8th, 2011 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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