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Vehicle GPS Systems

Vehicle mounted GPS receivers are larger than handheld receivers to accomodate larger display screens and more base map and data memory. They usually plug into the cigarette lighter of a vehicle and are mounted on the dashboard but can come with a battery operation option so it can be used outside the vehicle. Some options to consider are:

  • Automatic rerouting directions if you miss a turn or encounter a detour so you don't have to back track to get back on the plotted route
  • Audible directions so you can keep your eyes on the road and avoid accidents
  • Base maps that give gas stations, lodging, restaurants and other points of interest to help you when in unfamiliar places
  • Remote control for easier operation while driving
  • Multiple destination calculations for the best route when you have to make multiple stops
  • "Nearest point on route information" that tells you the closest gas station if you need gas, the closest motel if you want a place to stay, etc.


Although some vehicle mounted receivers can be used outside the vehicle, they can be cumbersome. If you will be carrying a GPS around a lot, you might want to consider a handheld receiver that would be easier and more convenient to carry.

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