Tm583 Week 5 Assignment

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Personal navigation devices were first developed for military use in the 1980s. There are a number of reasons that personal navigation devices have become so popular. First of all rather than needing a separate map for each state, city, country, etc… that you are visiting you need only the one device. If you are planning a trip across multiple states you would either need several foldable paper maps or a road atlas. Road atlases were either small and, therefore, hard to read or large, bulky, and not easily stored. All of those inconveniences are resolved with personal navigation devices. Another disadvantage was that physical maps and road atlases quickly became out dated. Very often if you use a paper map it doesn’t always reflect the most current information. From 2005 to 2008 I lived in a suburb of Chicago. Because of the rapid growth of the city there were new streets and roads popping up all of the time. As long as it took for GPS devices to update their maps it would have been even slower and more expensive to be updating physical paper maps all of the time. Another benefit to personal navigation devices is that they can help plan your route. You can search for the shortest route by distance. You can search for a route that uses certain highways or passes certain points of interest. Many modern personal navigation devices are able to even adjust your route for traffic conditions, weather conditions, etc… None of that is possible with a paper map. Garmin and Tom Tom were early leaders in providing this technology to the public. Since that time other well known companies such as Motorola, Samsung, and Nokia have begun marketing their own personal navigation devices. It appears that the stand alone personal navigation devices are becoming obsolete. With the rise in the popularity of smart phones that often have GPS capabilities there is no
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