Maps are just the beginning.
GPS has come a long way since the machines insistent chanting ‘‘ Turn Left. Turn Left.’’ like a directional Dalek.
If you’re taking a road trip through Central Australia – or even just trying to make your way from Rosny Park to Argyle St – a little pre- planning with your GPS device can help smooth the road ahead of you.
Navigating an unfamiliar suburb and avoiding traffic jams are helpful, but that’s not all your GPS can do. Before you take off, see how many maps of your destination area are available.
You can familiarise yourself with them and even tag ( bookmark on the map’s favourites’ section) your hotel and any attractions you intend to visit.
Disaster relief and emergency services depend on GPS for location, search and timing assistance, while police and search services use Geofencing for vehicle, person and pet- tracking systems.
Wildlife tracking is enabled by GPS for biologists, scientific researchers, and conservation organisations can monitor animal movements.
And, on the opposite end of the spectrum, the military uses GPS guidance kits on ground and air target missiles.
Google Maps Australia integrates live traffic data, which is updated every few minutes for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Now with Google Maps Navigation – an internet- connected GPS navigation system with voice guidance – you don’t even need an independent GPS device.
There is a lot more you can do with GPS than make your way from point A to B, so launch the app and have some fun.