The current state of GPS navigation technology comes with a risk for drivers, as it requires them to take their eyes of the road and focus on the navigation screen for directions. Also, even though navigation systems usually announce when a turn is coming up, it is not as effective as someone or something showing you exactly where to go.

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GPS navigation is extremely useful, and in this day and age almost everyone relies on it in some form or another, sometimes on a daily basis. However, the old GPS navigation systems would simply give you direction like: “turn left in 50 feet,” or something to that effect; which makes it pretty easy to miss your turn or stop at the right house when you’re driving.┬áThe next generation of GPS navigation is much more sophisticated than that, and actually takes into consideration the real world that the driver sees.

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Recently, Smartphones have become exceedingly popular for use as navigation devices, and may soon replace traditional standalone GPS navigation units altogether. By having an accurate GPS inside of a Smartphone, in addition to the myriad of other functions, most users don’t see the need to pay money for an extra navigation device. Some companies are tapping into this potential, which may render tour guides irrelevant in the near future.

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Mothers who send their children to school on the school bus system are often concerned with the safety of their child. Well parents in the Pike County School system can breathe even easier than most. Park County School have partnered up with Sprint Nextel and Telenav Track to install GPS cell phones on all of the county school buses.

Tom Hicks of the PCS transportation department stated “Over the past few years, buses have been hijacked in other places. this system helps protect our buses.”

According to Hicks, Sprint provided the equipment and it was all installed right before school started. Through this system county officials have the ability to see the exact mileage of the buses as well as their exact location and speeds.

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