Navigation Systems Beat Map Apps

To meet your in-car navigational needs, you may be relying on a smartphone app. Since the arrival of map apps, some people have assumed that dedicated navigational systems are antiquated.  However, their assumption is wrong.

There are many reasons why a dedicated GPS device is more advantageous than a phone application when it comes to navigating your trips. Here are a few of them:

You don’t need a cellular signal.

Have you ever driven out of tower range and lost your phone signal? If you were using your phone as a navigational device at the time, your phone’s ability to plot your course stopped when you lost the signal. The potential for lost signals means that there is always a chance that you could be in the middle of nowhere with no idea of where and when to make important turns.

In addition, dropping a phone signal is not limited to trips to rural areas. In some cases, a signal may be dropped or blocked in urban settings, where skyscrapers and other tall structures can interfere with reception. Your phone’s signal can also be affected by other phone customers. When tons of other people are using their phone in your area, your phone may not be able to receive a good signal.

Dedicated navigational devices receive their directions through signals from GPS satellites. These specialized GPS devices are made with advanced receivers that detect satellite signals, even when tall trees or buildings are nearby. As a result, your risk of losing that all-important connection is pretty low, regardless of where you are– unless of course, your trip involves traveling underground or through long stretches of concrete tunnels.

You don’t have to deplete your phone plan’s data.

Many phone plans include a certain amount of available data each month. Once that data is exhausted, you may be relegated to a slower data feed. However, in some cases, your speed doesn’t suffer. Instead, you’re simply charged at an exorbitant rate for any additional data that you use. If you already come close to your data limit each month, using a map app on your phone can easily drive you right over the edge.

A dedicated navigational system in your car won’t deplete your phone’s battery.

The more apps that you have on your phone, the more likely it is that your phone battery will need to be charged more frequently. Unfortunately, once your phone dies, you don’t have access to those important apps until the device is recharged. Running out of juice in the middle of navigational instructions can be frustrating– to say the least. A dedicated navigational system can put your mind at rest.

The accuracy of a dedicated navigational device is superior.

Because the signals received by a car’s navigation system come from advanced satellites, the precision of the directions is quite high. Navigational units are designed to pinpoint your exact location within a few feet. Although map apps do provide some navigational instructions, their accuracy is rarely close to that of a dedicated GPS system.

You are less likely to miss instructions because of poor device speed.

Even though your smartphone may be lightning fast most of the time, running several different apps at once can slow down your system. Consequently, your phone may sometimes miss important changes in your location that could require your route to be recalculated. With a dedicated navigational device, your instructions are based on the most up-to-date location data.

You can see your navigational screen easily.

A dedicated navigational system can be positioned within the dash of your car. Many of these screens are much larger than the display of a phone, so it is often easier to see the instructions that you need for a successful trip. In addition, you don’t have to worry about holding your phone or finding a way to mount it.

Your navigational system doesn’t get interrupted by phone calls or texts.

When you receive a phone call or text, these communications often take precedence over your phone’s map app display.  Thus, your navigational instructions are placed into the background. Instead of seeing the map that you need to stay on track, a text or call screen may appear. A dedicated navigational device only displays content related to your trip.

If you would like take your trip navigation to the next level, contact us to review an assortment of state-of-the-art navigational devices.

 

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