A GPS navigation system is an essential tool for any car owner who loves to travel or is always on the go. It is fast becoming a part of the standard equipment set for any automobile. If your vehicle is not equipped with this essential device, don’t worry—
aftermarket units are readily available, and they don’t have to be expensive.
The GPS system was originally developed for use by the United States military to locate and track military assets, but it was allowed for civilian use by the United States government in the 1980’s. Though the GPS satellite data is actually free and works anywhere in the world, the GPS device itself and its associated software must be purchased.
A GPS navigation system is an ideal device for those who drive to new and unfamiliar places regularly. With the aid of GPS, you can discover any destination—whether it be a city, a particular address, or a new restaurant—with a simple tap on the screen. Advanced GPS systems can even allow you to program your auto GPS route framework to notify you when you’re rolling over or visiting a rest stop, an ATM machine, or any other pre-planned destination.
Many vehicle manufacturers today offer a GPS navigation device as an added option in their vehicles. For customers whose vehicles did not ship with GPS from the factory can purchase and retrofit their cars with an original factory-supplied GPS unit, or a compatible or universal third-party device. In most cases these do not require special installations and can be a straightforward “plug-and-play” addition to your car if the required wiring harness is already present in the vehicle. Most third-party GPS devices often require basic skills and are simple to install, making them a great addition for older vehicles that do not have a built in GPS system.