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Nobody likes getting lost. Not only is it a waste of time, gas and energy, but it can also be quite frustrating. That is why when the first GPS (global positioning systems) were approved for civilian used at the end of the nineteen nineties people rushed out to purchase them. But as with any new technology, these early models were not especially consistent or accurate. In fact, it was not until the new millennium that military restrictions were lifted on civilian GPS units, which immediately increased the precision from 100 meters to 20 meters.
Nearly a decade later, the average GPS device can pinpoint your location almost anywhere on earth. Their most popular application, however, is simply as a guidance device for civilian vehicles. All you have to do is enter your starting location and your destination and you will receive detailed directions to anywhere you want to go.
Fortunately for consumers as GPS technology has improved and competition in the industry has increase, prices have come down quite a bit. It is now possible to purchase affordable, even cheap GPS units from some of the top companies. Presently, the most popular brands include: Bushnell, Garmin, Lowrance, and Magellan, just to name a few.
Where to Look?
The first place you should look for affordable GPS systems is on the internet. Oftentimes, companies will have promotional offers or deals for online shoppers. You may even qualify for free shipping.
As we mentioned, GPS units are navigational devices that can help drivers get where they need to go more quickly than they ever imagined. In fact, all current models automatically calculate the shortest distance to your destination and provide detailed, step by step directions. Most models also feature audio instructions. That is, a voice will tell you when to turn and how far you must travel on a certain road before you have to make the next turn. This is an especially helpful feature because it means that the driver never has to take his eyes off the road to check the GPS screen for directions. Some of the more expensive devices will even let you know when to switch lanes for an upcoming turn.
Handheld GPS Systems
There are also handheld GPS devices that provide users with incredible amounts of information in a small rechargeable unit that can be taken just about anywhere. These GPS units are especially helpful for people who enjoy outdoor sports and activities like hiking, mountain biking, hunting or camping. So, even when you’re out in the wilderness and your cell phone gets no reception and you can’t call anyone, your Handheld GPS system will let you know exactly where you are as well as the shortest path home. And just like the GPS units that are used in vehicles, handheld devices are competitively priced.
Believe it or not, these days there are even GPS units that are sport specific. For example, there are devices for cyclists to let them know their speed, location, and distance traveled. There are even portable GPS units that can be used by golfers to tell them exactly how far they are from the hole.
That’s an awful lot of progress in just over a decade.