With so many gadgets out there, sometimes it is easy to get lost in all the technology. Today’s cars are a lot more than a means to transport you from place to place, they have become a signature move to showcase who you are. Cars can also be personalized to suit the users lifestyle with features that come with some cars or that are added to cars either for lifestyle choices, safety precautions or to make life easier.
One of these is the GPS Unit. The GPS unit helps you keep track of where you are, so you can say goodbye to getting lost or the hassle of having to ask for directions. A global positioning system (GPS) works by comparing the cross section of a number of GPS Satellites in space and the location of the tracker in your GPS to calculate your position as you drive.
Typically basic GPS units will come with basic pre-loaded maps, provide spoken turn-by-turn directions and automatic re-routing in case you miss a turn, however there are features that can be incorporated into your GPS unit that turn it from a basic GPS unit into a great GPS unit.
These Could Include:
Screen Size – Screen sizes range from 3.5 to 7 inches. Large screen sizes are better as they allow for easier menus, entering text or reading from a distance, however you do not want to end up with a screen so big that its disrupts your view.
Lane Assist – Lane assist helps guide you into the proper lane by showing you a realistic view of the actual road signs that you need to follow. This way you are able to properly execute an upcoming maneuver.
Spoken Street names – This feature lets you know where to turn by actually speaking out the street name. It is dubbed as the text-to-speech feature as it helps you keep your eyes on the road as opposed to looking at the GPS. Some units announce street names, which others, the more pricey ones give you landmarks.
Routing Option – The routing options feature alerts you to toll roads on your chosen route, this way, you get to steer clear of the same.
Hands-free calling with bluetooth – This feature enables you make or receive phone calls by use of the device’s microphone. This is a great feature to have since with a compatible, Bluetooth-enables phone, it is able to indicate who is calling on the unit and quiets the directions while the call is being made. In addition, there are some units that allow for dialling point-of-interest locations that are found in the GPS device.
MP3 and Video player – GPS units that come with this feature mean that you can carry your music with you. The video player addition is also a great feature, especially for road trips with families.