The majority of the cars bought these days get GPS units installed and it seems that the modern driver sees these devices as very important, relying on them more and more when it comes to reaching the destination.
Thanks to the mobile technology advancements, GPS units are no longer just devices that come installed in cars. The vast majority of the smartphones sold these days have GPS chips installed and they can do a lot of things that the car GPS units are capable of.
The connectivity and the functionality is sometimes better on a smartphone then it is on a car GPS, thanks to the improved operating system. The most popular smartphone OS these days is Android, which was created by Google.
An Android based GPS app will give the driver instructions just like a car GPS would, but there are additional features and updates which make the experience better. There are even features which allow the driver to see how the streets look like before they get there.
It’s called Google Street View and it’s something that has been available for a long time online. These days, it can be used on a smartphone as well, as long as there is an Internet connection available.
The fact that the smartphone can be connected to the Internet all the time is one of the big advantages of an Android based GPS. You can use the latest information available and you can find out that the road ahead is closed in time to change your route.
The typical car GPS is updated only when you connect it to a PC and for most it takes months before that happens. You’re using maps that are months old and you have no way of knowing that a road is closed until you get there.
Outdated information is something that car GPS units have offered for a long time now, but until Android smartphones with GPS came around, there was no real alternative. Turn by turn instructions are offered by Android just like they are offered by a car GPS, so you will get to your destination safely and quickly.
A major advantage of smartphones is that they offer the possibility of using them via voice control.
The driver can simply dictate to the phone and tell him where he wants to go and he will get the instructions on how to get there immediately, without having to type the name of the destination while driving.
The technology that allows speech recognition has been improving all the time and it’s gotten to a point where it can be really useful. All modern Android smartphones have this kind of technology included, as well as a good GPS chip.
The one big disadvantage of using a smartphone as a GPS is that it often requires an Internet connection in order to use it at its full potential.
In order to use a smartphone as a car GPS, you will need a support that will keep it in place and easy to see by the driver. Quite a few mounting devices exist these days that will keep the phone securely in place on your dashboard.