GPS Hillsborough NC
ECK Supply CO
2314 Operations Drive
Lighting Retail, Lighting Fixtures Retail, Electric Equipment & Supplies Wholesale & Manufacturers, Consumer Electronics Stores, Electric Equipment & Supplies Job Lots
1003 Communication Dr
Sert Systems Incorporated
2320 Presidential Dr
Chicony Electronics CO Incorporated
1000 Park Forty Plz Ste 300
Wolf Camera & Video
1058 W Club Blvd
Tv Station W Tv D
411 Liberty St
1519 Camden Ave
Custom Cable Systems & Ntwrks
600 E Main St # 200
Wirless Dimensions @ Northgate Mall
1058 W Club Blvd Ste 42
202 S Hoover Rd
New GPS Features
What's New With GPS Units? By Brian Alexander, Content Editor
Simple fact: People don’t like being lost. Sure, maps have always been there to minimize embarrassing “How do I get to the interchange?” moments, but even the most scrupulous navigators have, at some point, found themselves in the precarious and unenviable position of being utterly, desperately, hopelessly off course. Luckily, it’s much harder to lose your bearings in the modern world thanks to the invention of the satellite navigation unit.
Not all that long ago, the simple notion of a computerized map with the ability to plot a course from point A to point B was a technological novelty in its own right, more than enough to move GPS navigation units off store shelves and into consumer’s cars. As we all know, however, times change. Just as a 14.4k modem and 50 MHz processor was once sufficient for a ‘cutting edge’ web experience, a basic point-to-point GPS unit is no longer sufficient for the needs of most consumers.
Today, every major auto manufacturer offers their own built-in GPS systems and a plethora of third-party aftermarket systems are available as well. Many different technologies are used – some in-car systems utilize DVDs which carry navigation data and can be replaced if the car is moved to another continental region or if navigation data is updated, while others use flash memory storage or are hard-wired with region-specific navigational software.
With competition on the rise, GPS manufacturers are forced to come up with features to maintain appeal to the modern consumer. In the last few years, navigation units have added searchable destination databases, which show points of interest such as restaurants, ATMs, gas stations and hotels in the vicinity, and partnerships with ratings organizations such as Zagat and AAA are becoming increasingly common.
“Zagat ratings can be searched on our navigation system, which will then point you to a restaurant of your choosing. With Bluetooth integration, you can even use your navigation unit to call the selected restaurant,” says Acura Public Relations Spokesperson Jessica Fini.
Recent advances in satellite communications technology (thanks in part to satellite radio networks), means a strong emphasis is currently being put on getting real-time information into navigation systems. Real-time traffic has been the most obvious push in the area of “instant information,” along with road condition updates and accident warnings. Acura was the first automaker to introduce the functionality in North America with the 2005 Acura RL , followed by BMW, Lexus and Chrysler.
The real-time innovation hasn’t stopped with traffic and road conditions though. Now real-time weather updates are possible, a feature Acura has put into the 2009 TSX .
“For 2009 we are integrating real-time weather, which can provide pinpoint conditions and temperatures. It can even route y...
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