Today’s dedicated GPS systems are now more powerful than ever; and while some consumers prefer the integrated digital maps that come standard on smartphones and tablets, standalone devices have carved out their own niche with advanced features made especially for the road.
Garmin remains a leader in navigation technology with its new DriveAssist GPS, featuring a built-in dash cam for continuous video footage while driving. Any impact to the accelerometer triggers an auto-save of the most recent footage recorded – great for capturing evidence in case of a crash. Switching to camera view can also provide prompts and alerts based on surrounding traffic, like “Go” when cars ahead start to move.
The jewel of Garmin’s modern GPS fleet is the DriveSmart 70, named best GPS of 2017 for its large screen, voice activation, and ability to link to smartphones. This satnav also has its own smart features, like routing to the nearest parking area or main entrance rather than to a building or address in general. Regular updates provide real-time information on parking fees and accepted payment methods as they apply.
For hands-free navigation assistance, TomTom’s Via 1515m is a popular choice. This device comes with free updated maps throughout its lifecycle, so the latest maps are always available during travel – no need to manually update as you go. Setting itself apart from the standard GPS traffic updates of today, this model offers customized and even color coded data according to user preferences.
Taking advanced features to the next level, TomTom also offers the GO 600, which regularly updates its 3D-image map for recognizable “real world” view of any location from any location.
Specialized devices, just as standalone GPS systems, may seem on the surface close to redundancy; but systems that do one thing to perfection can always stand the test of time. As GPS gets closer to finding the perfect route every time, consumers are sure to take notice.