Avoid Being Lost with Updated GPS Maps
Each and every year roads change by as much as 15 percent. This means that to get the best navigation experience, you must keep your GPS maps up to date with the growing number of ways to reach your destination. Similarly, buildings and properties change their owners or tenants, and many establishments like banks, ATMs, hotels, and gas stations may relocate themselves. Consequently, GPS updates are coming faster and faster these days, not only because of the changing nature and location of these utilities but also due to the expanding use of GPS devices in our daily lives.
Navigators now expect more than just an accurate street and highway maps from their car GPS units, they want to know the speed limits, driving times, and even where traffic is likely to be backed up. These drivers also want to know where they can find the nearest gas station, restaurant, post office, or other services.
When it comes to updating your GPS maps, the steps followed are fairly easy and similar; regardless of the brand and model. In any case, you will need a computer, internet connection and your GPS receiver together with its connecting cable in order for you to complete this task. First, you`ll need to connect your GPS receiver to the computer. After that, turn on your GPS and then using the interface cable plug the GPS into your computer. Next, access your GPS brand`s website where you will be required to sign up or register your GPS device. Signing up essentially puts you in a better position access new maps updates through notifications in your email address. After registering, you may then be re-directed to another page where you can order an update DVD for your GPS maps. You will be required to make some payments and after settling them, your updates will be well on their way.
After receiving your updates DVD, pop it into the computer and then connect your GPS receiver. Locate and open the map file and navigate to the main menu where you will find update firmware; click on the update button. At this point the updating process is more or less complete and the firmware will eventually reset you GPS and after a while you will be required to turn your GPS device on and make adjustments to language and time interface.
Clearly, now that drivers are investing heavily on GPS navigators, their demand their demand for better and up-to-date maps is putting so much pressure on the manufacturers and for them to avoid areas where they might encounter a GPS jammer signal. Unfortunately, updates for specific brands and models is somewhat erratic. This is because you might get a new unit with pre-installed mapping software, only to see a new software released later. This now becomes irritating to the GPS user because this coupled with the cost of mapping updates is taking a toll on the users. Nevertheless, if you understand why this occurs you will blame the manufactures less and wait patiently as they do what they know best. These companies do a lot of surveying and mapping. Gathering all that data for new maps is expensive and time consuming. Again, it will take a while for the GPS manufacturers to convert all that data into their own software formats and come up with GPS updates.
However, with technology and continued innovation, this prolonged process of data collection and product production is continually improving. And so, in the near future, we hope to see more accurate and timely updates for our GPS maps.