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Travel Tip: Car Navigation Systems

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With technology developing as fast as it is, there’s practically no excuse for ever getting lost. Here’s what’s happening inside your vehicle.

One of the tried-and-true GPS navigators is Hertz Neverlost, which comes built into Hertz rental cars. It was one of the earlier rental car navigation devices, and now it’s evolved into an information hub—you can also use it for flight status and weather information, and it’s even got a trip-planning tool.

Coming up soon, GM is introducing new technology for Chevrolet’s Spark and Sonic, which connects your smartphone to a dashboard touch screen. It’s a low-cost way to get turn-by-turn directions through your car speaker and works on iPhone and Android systems.

Then there’s the multitude of apps. Waze is a free app already gives you turn-by-turn directions, and user-generated information keeps you up to date on traffic conditions and even police presence.

What’s coming up next is mapping inside your vehicle. And when the iOS 6 is released, Apple has announced it will offer Eyes Free Siri, which will integrate navigation into your vehicle.

But remember, just like you’d never pull out a paper map while driving, this technology doesn’t give you a license to ever take your eyes off the road.

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