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December 06, 2017

Engineers and innovators are constantly hard at work developing new systems and infrastructure that simplify day to day activities. With new roads being constructed daily accompanied by the destruction of the old ones, many drivers find themselves lost in unfamiliar routes everywhere from major cities to countryside back roads.

If you’ve been driving for a while now, there’s no doubt that you’ve made a wrong turn somewhere down the road and got lost in the middle of nowhere. 

Well, worry no more, with the high technology and bright minds (engineers and inventors) of these people who also are encountering this kind of trouble made a very helpful device for us to navigate easily to where we are going. 

Navigation systems are now readily accessible to virtually everyone. Whether it’s an in-dash navigation system in your car, a handheld GPS or your trusty mobile phone, getting from point A to point B is now easier than ever. 


Smartphone Navigation

The Smartphone; arguably one of the most important innovations of the 21st century. It is literally a one-stop shop for pretty much everything under the sun. I find it incredible that one small device can handle most daily needs and activities in such a convenient way. Whether it’s communication, scheduling, research, banking, video recording, mapping or even information sharing, smartphones have seamlessly replaced a number of items. It should be no shocker that items such as maps, cameras, calendars, newspaper, clocks etc. have been made obsolete with the emergence of the modern smartphone.

Life is easier with this brilliant invention, just look at Google maps. Like most, you probably refer to your smartphone whenever you need directions. Meanwhile, some countries have a law to abide. Just like no phones while driving, nor texting while walking. Lots of people have died because of this. Using a cell phone while driving is dangerous. It can result in a traffic citation or worse, a horrendous highway pile-up because your eyes were on your phone instead of the road.

Saving a few dollars on a navigation system is not worth endangering your life as well as the lives of everyone else on the road. As such, it is not advisable to use your phone while driving due to the potential dangers involved. If you get lost and your phone is the only means of navigation, pullover and research the route but do not drive and operate your phone at the same time. It is not worth risking your life. So now you may be interested in that navigation system right? 

In-Dash Navigation Systems

Let’s start with the fact that in-dash systems are completely LEGAL around the world. Unlike smartphones, these systems are purposefully made for use while driving. They allow drivers to keep both hands firmly on the wheel and eyes sharply on the road, thus making driving safer and easier to navigate. In-dash navigation systems and stereos fill in the gaps and eliminate all distractions by seamlessly integrating with your normal driving habits. An in-dash navigation system is perfect for road warriors and casual drivers alike due to the broad range of versatile uses. It can be used for navigation, entertainment, and even communication. Thanks to this high-tech invention drivers can easily navigate through areas with even the spottiest cell coverage.


Up to Date Traffic Data

Some top of the line in-dash navigation systems has the ability to receive real-time traffic alerts such as road construction, traffic jams as well as the average speed of traffic on your indicated route. These features come in cutting travel time and if you wish to avoid congested routes, however, features such as these in some cases may require a subscription fee.

Map Updates

Thanks to a built-in memory, modern in-dash navigation systems allow drivers to download the most up to date maps and navigation data. Such updates are released on a periodic basis and usually reflect the latest information available. While it is recommended that you keep your maps up to date, drivers are not required to run updates frequently. 

Points of Interest

For many, these points of interest are among the most useful features found in an in-dash navigation system. This feature allows drivers to pinpoint important landmarks, gas stations, restaurants and buildings allowing drivers to navigate in unfamiliar territories. Since you have the ability to customize and program points of interest on your drive, this feature is perfect for comparing nearby businesses and landmarks that you may wish to stop it.

Apple Carplay and Android Auto

Most in-dash navigation systems offer users numerous ways to operate their smartphones through the receiver. Apple Carplay is a smarter and safer way to use your iPhone while driving. By mirroring your iPhone on your dash screen, you can easily make and receive calls and messages while simultaneously listening to music. Android Auto is essentially the same feature for Androids that allows drivers the ability to use and control their favorite Android apps while driving. With Android Auto, drivers can now access their Android phones through the in-dash navigation without the worry of receiving a citation.


So, these are the benefits of whether using an in-dash navigation system or smartphones while driving.