Today, there are many technical aids for driving a car. And for several decades now, navigation devices have also been a part of this. If you drive older car models or don’t want to pay a hefty surcharge when buying a car, you can retrofit a navigation device. They are by no means fitted as standard in every vehicle. But what options are there and what pre- and post-disaster benefits are available?. disadvantages result? In the following text these questions will be answered.
Types of navigation equipment?
There are of course the simple variants. These are attached to the windshield with a suction cup at a suitable location and serve the simple purpose of providing route guidance! Sometimes a smartphone with the appropriate navigation app and a mount for the car is sufficient. The apps can usually be expanded extensively and are often in no way inferior to the permanently installed devices. This can happen with a speed camera warning system or with a traffic jam warning system. However, car manufacturers have responded to the smartphone trend and have developed vehicle-specific in-dash devices that also come with various apps& co. can be upgraded. Here then the factory car radio is replaced by a navigation system. Sometimes the GPS navigation device can be coupled with steering wheel control. This makes it much easier to use.
touchscreens and full voice input are also in vogue. Especially advanced is the retrofit with a special rear view mirror, which has integrated bluetooth and a GPS navigation device. With this, you no longer have to look to the side, but simply to the mirror to see the route on the map. This promises increased traffic safety due to the routine of the rearview mirror view. Further is also a coupling with the smartphone via bluetooth possible. So there are many ways to upgrade a GPS navigation device. Surely the decision is also a question of money.
Which legal regulations are to be considered
Before making the choice you should know that apps and also other devices with a speed camera/radar warning system may not be used in germany. Active use while driving can be sanctioned with 75 EUR and one point in flensburg. Also, when you buy it, make sure that it doesn’t distract you from the traffic. According to § 23 stvo the safe driving of the vehicle must be given at any time despite the navigation device.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of the individual devices??
As a rule, you should choose a GPS navigation device that you can operate well and safely and that complies with the legal requirements. A navigation device with voice control is a good choice in any case. Once you have selected such devices, you can compare prices. Surely the variants with the smartphone or portable devices are the most favorable solution. However, this type of navigation devices can be inaccurate. Sometimes the actuality of the map material is not always given here. Here the more expensive devices can bring advantages with itself. Many renowned manufacturers of the more expensive devices offer regular updates. You should compare all devices, which come into question for you.
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