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Whether it is for a day or a month, a GPS rental unit will be your perfect trip companion. Not only is it an economical choice but it gets you through those unknown territories saving you loads of time during your travel. Our GPS systems will get you wherever you need to go.
A GPS can be attached in your car while you are driving. If you make a wrong turn it will correct you and get you back on route. Nice and easy. Just program the places that you want to go into the GPS and then follow the vocal instructions. The GPS will give you accurate and detailed directions with realistic arrival times. It’s much easier than a map because there is no need to stop to find out where to go next.
Go in confidence and safety knowing your GPS will always get you where you want to go and get you back safely.
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The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather, anywhere on or near the Earth, where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. It is maintained by the United States government and is freely accessible to anyone with a GPS receiver.The GPS program provides critical capabilities to military, civil and commercial users around the world. In addition, GPS is the backbone for modernizing the global air traffic system.
A GPS automotive navigation system is designed for use in automobiles. It typically uses a GPS navigation device to acquire position data to locate the user on a road in the unit’s map database. Using the road database, the unit can give directions to other locations along roads also in its database. Dead reckoning using distance data from sensors attached to the drivetrain, a gyroscope and an accelerometer can be used for greater reliability, as GPS signal loss and/or multipath can occur due to urban canyons or tunnels.
GPS navigation systems may (or may not) use a combination of any of the following:
- top view for the map
- top view for the map with the map rotating with the automobile (so that “up” on the map always corresponds to “forward” in the vehicle)
- bird’s-eye view for the map or the next curve
- linear gauge for distance, which is redundant if a rotating map is used
- numbers for distance
- schematic pictograms
- voice prompts
The road database is a vector map of some area of interest. Street names or numbers and house numbers are encoded as geographic coordinates so that the user can find some desired destination by street address. Points of interest will also be stored with their geographic coordinates. Point of interest specialties include speed cameras, fuel stations, public parking, and much more. Contents can be produced by the user base as their cars drive along existing streets (Wi-Fi) and communicating via the internet, yielding a free and up-to-date map.Formats are almost uniformly proprietary; there is no industry standard for satellite navigation maps. The Physical Storage Format (PSF) initiative is an industry grouping of car manufacturers, navigation system suppliers and map data suppliers whose objective is the standardization of the data format used in car navigation systems, as well as allow a map update capability. Standardization would improve interoperability, specifically by allowing the same navigation maps to be used in navigation systems from 19 manufacturers. Companies involved include BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, Renault, ADIT, Aisin AW, Alpine Electronics, Navigon, Bosch, DENSO, Mitsubishi, Harman Becker, Panasonic, PTV, Continental AG, Clarion, Navteq, Tele Atlas and Zenrin.
The road database may be stored in solid state read-only memory (ROM), optical media (CD or DVD), solid state flash memory, magnetic media (hard disk), or a combination. A common scheme is to have a base map permanently stored in ROM that can be augmented with detailed information for a region the user is interested in. A ROM is always programmed at the factory; the other media may be preprogrammed, downloaded from a CD or DVD via a computer or wireless connection (bluetooth, Wi-Fi), or directly used utilizing a card reader.
Real-time data: Integration of traffic data with navigation systems
Some newer systems can not only give precise driving directions, they can also receive and display information on traffic congestion and suggest alternate routes. These may use either TMC (Traffic Message Channel), which delivers coded traffic information using radio RDS, or by GPRS/3G data transmission via mobile phones.
- Golf Course Maps: Golf Carts may have integrated GPS rangefinders tailored to specific golf courses, providing interactive course maps and live readings of distance measurements to the green.
- Points of Interest (POIs): Many systems can give information on nearby points of interest, such as restaurants, cash machines and gas stations.
- Speed Cameras: Some navigation devices use this feature to store the location of known speed traps or speed cameras, and can alert the driver in much the same way as a radar detector. GPS may also be integrated into actual radar detection devices to enhance accuracy, and in some cases, implement a logic system where the system only alerts if the driver is traveling above the speed limit or in the direction to be ‘caught.’ Unlike radar detectors, GPS-based speed trap warnings are currently legal in many countries.
Some systems feature internet connectivity, either via Bluetooth to a mobile phone (in which case the device can typically also be used for hands-free calling), or with a built in GSM SIM card. This connectivity can be used for up-to-date traffic information, to find fuel prices, as well as to search for local distances.
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