Technology is changing the way we live our lives. In the last decade we have seen computer, satellite, and wireless technology installed in cars, trucks, and SUVs changing the way we drive. Many vehicles can now pin point your location through navigation technology and send help via wireless communication technology. Other vehicles have smart airbags and automatic braking systems that can help you in an accident as well as black boxes that can help determine what happened after an accident. This Technology Tip is part of a four part series on the implementation of technology in Automobiles and focuses on navigation technology.
The new automotive navigation system (ANS) is a god send for those of us that are directionally challenged. The map screens and easy to follow step by step directions are for the most part easy to use and because of the cost will be standard equipment in more and more vehicles over the next decade.
The ANS technology uses global positioning system (GPS) technology to pin point your location. Unlike other GPS technology that will pin point the location of a GPS device through communication with three or more GPS satellites, the ANS uses position data to locate the user on a road in the unit's map database. Once the driver is located in the database, the system can provide directions to other places in the map database including your office, home, courthouses, universities, and airports.
However, typing in destinations and operating the technology can be distracting to a driver. For some there is a tendency to watch the screen instead of keeping your eyes on the road. This technology will continue to advance, but as it is in its infancy some systems will be more difficult to use and the distraction of battling with technology will cause some collisions. Like using a cell phone when driving, some drivers will use common sense and use hands free devices as well as not dial when in traffic, whereas others will forget that they are driving and will cause accidents. If you are new to the technology, learn and play with it in safe areas before you get out on the road and in traffic.
These navigation devices are available with many rental vehicles and are great when traveling, especially when you have a technology proficient passenger with you. The devices are fun to play with and added features including traffic and weather information will be added to newer models. These features are also being added to some cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Enjoy this new technology but be careful out there.
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