As we approach Thanksgiving (10 more days, in case you were wondering), we thought it would be appropriate to reflect on the car features we are most thankful for. GPS and navigation systems have had quite the impact on our lives in the short time they have been available to us.
Several companies claim to have made the first navigation systems for automobiles in the 1980s, but the first one available for commercial use wasn’t available until 2000. Since then, as with most technologies, the usability and price have improved drastically. Today, you can find a variety navigation systems, and many are sure to fall in your budget.
Navigation systems have helped increased safety by giving us step-by-step voice commands, eliminating the need to write or print directions and try to read through and follow them while driving. They have also improved efficiency, saving you from wrong turns, or having to stop and ask for directions! Even if you do take a wrong turn, the navigation will quickly recalculate your route, getting you where you need to go in the shortest time possible.
New navigation systems are even going a step further and including different routes depending on your preferences. Shortest distance? Least amount of time? How about even a green route option - getting you where you need to go while incurring as little of an effect on the environment as possible. Yes, please!
Today, almost all cars come with the option to have a navigation system built in, and if your car doesn’t, it’s easy to head to your nearest electronics store and grab one! When it comes to car accessories, we think a navigation system is a good investment, and we sure are thankful for ours!