The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a navigation device that the Department of Defense created in 1973. The original use for GPS was to help military vehicles and soldiers find their locations. Now, a GPS tracker communicates with satellites around the world to help the average civilian see which route to travel to their new job and so much more. Below are the top four ways that a GPS is used today.
Many newer personal vehicles are equipped with built-in GPS trackers. You can also purchase a portable one based on:
Whether you do not know directions or you just want to see the route to your destination, GPS devices display maps that make directions easy to follow. Most of these GPS units have voice commands so that you do not need to take your eyes off of the road to look at the screen. GPS trackers can also display data that could help avoid speeding tickets from local law enforcement, such as:
The speed limit in a given area
A time estimate of your trip so you can plan accordingly
Many of them come with lane assistance as well. More advanced GPS units have Bluetooth® technology, which enables you to make and receive phone calls with the device.
Many parents of teenagers choose to invest in GPS units that pair with software or the Internet to track the new drivers in their families. Parents can then view data about their teens’ driving habits in real time on phones or computers, such as:
Time of day that the teen operates the car
Alerts can be set up as well. For example, if a parent wanted to make sure that his or her teen was not driving to an unauthorized area, the parent could create an alert that was based on that vicinity. Another use for the alert function could be for certain hours of the night when the teenager should not be driving. Parents can also generate reports to aid them in giving feedback to the teenage drivers in their families.
Mental health professionals advise parents that choose this method to be open with their teens about this GPS tracker, rather than keep it a secret. This can foster intentional safe driving habits.
A growing number of companies are opting to manage their fleets of vehicles in a different way. GPS tracking can be an important asset to any company that manages large fleets. With fleet tracking, you can monitor your drivers’ efficiency and prevent breakdowns around the world from your computer. You can:
Increase efficiency in driving routes
Keep vehicles on schedule
Track costly inventory and equipment
Reduce fuel consumption
Review driver logs for emergency events
Fleet tracking can help prevent lost cargo, reduce oil costs and increase productivity.
Tracking Missing Personal Items
Some items that you purchase are either already equipped with GPS trackers or you can add GPS units to the items. These items include:
Many smartphones and laptop computers are already equipped with GPS trackers when you purchase them. If these electronics get stolen, then you can easily see where they are located from another device and send authorities in that direction.
There is also a waterproof GPS tracker available to attach to your sailboat to prevent theft. If you want to keep your pet dog safe, you can buy a collar that has a GPS so you can find him if he runs away.