2017 GPS Device Trends

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The GPS has been an integral part of our lives for many years now. We would literally be lost without it. And since its inception, GPS technology has advanced considerably, and it no longer exists as a slow grey block that’s difficult to navigate (excuse the pun). Now it blends in seamlessly on the dashboard of your car as if it was always there. GPSs have changed a lot in this year alone. Now, let’s take a look at what you can expect GPS devices to have in 2017:

  1. Faster Processors – Let’s face it, nobody enjoys lag. It’s an extreme inconvenience. Lag could have mild to serious consequences for you if you’re using your GPS on the road. For example,  A mild consequence could lead you to taking a wrong turn and end up costing you between 5 and 10 min of driving time. Like I said—mild. A serious consequence could be that the lag confuses you and completely distracts you, so much so turn your all your attention to getting back on the right route that you don’t pay any to the road and you meet with an accident and could possibly… you know… — serious. So yes, we all cannot wait for faster processors next year.
  2. Better Battery Power – I know, lots of promises. Let’s see if the devices deliver on this particular one. Everything needs better batteries. Phones, controllers, Galaxy Notes (cough). GPS devices in particular need them. Without better battery power, it will be tougher and tougher for new GPS models to sustain a reasonable battery life.
  3. Improvements On Wrist Gps Devices – Wrist-worn devices that feature GPS will then be more compact and comfortable, and the GPS features will be much easier to use and will take less effort. Also, expect these to become more affordable and come from a wider range of brands than before.
  4. Simplified Menus – I guess we can all agree that the GPS has more than its fair share of clutter on screen, particularly the menus. What we can look forward to is simplified menus that will make things much easier for you.
  5. Finding People – Yes, that’s right! You will start to use GPS devices for more than just searching for places, you could use them to search for people, too! Just… don’t stalk anybody, okay? That’s creepy. You won’t need to be carrying a bulky GPS around with you all the time, though (obviously), now you can just use your phone or even smart-shoes, which have GPS trackers planted inside of them. Technology, these days.
  6. Location-Based Services – Your GPS will pay attention to everything you’ve ever typed in or wanted to go. It remembers this and gives you suggestions based on the types of places you’ve visited in the past. Anywhere from restaurants to malls or office blocks, it knows it all.
  7. Preventing Fuel Theft – You will be able to keep track of your fuel levels. This is to help prevent fuel theft. Yes, this is something I had never expected to use a GPS for in my entire life. It’s brilliant, but utterly ridiculous at the same time.

Bonus Possibility:

Virtual Reality Gps Application – Now this is a feature that has been talked about and tested for nearly a year now, but there has never ever been serious talks to bring the GPS feature to Virtual Reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR (Although I doubt it would be suited to that at all), or even the more likelier option, the Samsung Gear VR. This should be a no-brainer, really (provided the driver isn’t actually wearing the headset whilst driving) But a VR GPS could perform wonders, and let you pinpoint places and find new ones before your very eyes. I hope to see this feature roll out before the end of next year as I’m sure it will give consumers another reason to support VR.

So GPS technology has definitely come a long way since the beginning. It’s now a much faster, easier, convenient and brilliant piece of technology. I wonder what else could be in store in 2018? Whatever they may be, the possibilities now truly seem endless.

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