GPS Round-Up

With Easter just a couple of days away, we thought we’d check out some of the new GPS gear that is in the marketplace.

If you are going away and don’t trust the map – or there isn’t one of the area where you are holidaying – then a GPS is an excellent device. In the past there have been some teething problems – such as software that tells you to turn down a one-way street the wrong way, or taking you down a non-existance road – , but today’s units are pretty sharp. Here are three with a few standout features.

Garmin Nuvi 765

Unit offers full coverage mapping and comes preloaded with highly detailed City Navigator NT road maps for Australia and New Zealand. The pre loaded map data features over 600,000 points of interest in Australia, including hotels, restaurants, service stations, ATMs and attractions with map data provided by Whereis.

To help conserve fuel and money the nuvi 765 comes preloaded with ecoRoute which suggests fuel efficient navigation to any destination. Drivers can also upload ecoRoute’s Fuel Report and Mileage Report, which tracks fuel usage over time, and Mileage Report monitors mileage and fuel usage on a per trip basis.

The nuvi 765 is traffic compatible. Receive alerts about traffic delays and road construction that lie ahead on your route. Touch nüvi’s screen to view traffic details or detour around the problem area. This feature is currently available in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisban

TomTom GO 730

Advanced Lane Guidance from TomTom gives a clear instruction on which lane to be in at intersections. At complex junctions, a still image of the intersection is shown, indicating clearly which lane to be in. This feature provides added assurance and peace of mind for drivers and allows safer completion of journeys. This feature is shown on the attached image.

TomTom IQ routes takes the most efficient driving routes from hundreds of thousands of TomTom users in Australia (and millions around the world) to guide you the fastest way. IQ Routes gives users the fastest route on most occasions. We believe that this technology will prove beneficial to those drivers who know the where they are going, but do not necessarily know the fastest way. It will provide a reason for TomTom owners to use their GPS on every occasion that they drive.

TomTom Map Share. Up to 15% of roads change each year and with this in mind, TomTom has made available TomTom Map Share on all of our GPS units. Map Share allows users to change the maps on their device as they see changes on the road and then to share these changes with TomTom.

Navman 300T

Petrol (efficiency mode) – Navman Platinum gives routes that minimise “stop-start” driving, unsealed roads and roundabouts, can help to reduce petrol consumption by giving directions that minimise braking and keep speeds constant.

Premium Safety Alerts – Safety and Speed Camera, Accident Black Spots, Railway Crossings – the Navman S-Series Platinum gives alerts for changes in speeds when entering school zones; as well as warnings for railway crossings and accident black spots; along with safety and speed cameras.

“Location Capture” button – instantly capture your current location (with GPS signal) onto the favourite address list by pressing the blue “pin icon.”