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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.

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