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Reading a GPS Mapping System

Posted on March 6, 2008
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GPS technology is one of the inventions by the US military that has been embraced by the public. Currently there are quite a number of different GPS devices available that helps people find and navigate their way out of an unfamiliar street or locale. The technology is effective enough to provide GPS device users with information about their precise location as well as navigating instructions on the GPS map for more sophisticated models.

GPS devices work together with a constellation of satellites orbiting the Earth that send signals to several GPS station in the country. The signals from these stations are then relayed to the different GPS receivers like those found in vehicles, cellular phones and even in wrist watches. These receivers, especially those found in vehicles display GPS maps that show the receiver’s location as well as information about the destination, distance to go, directions and points of interest.

Aside from the precise location of a GPS device user, GPS maps also provide data about other important points such as major streets, highways, side streets, toll booths as well as retail locations among the many other points of interest that may be important for travelers. Reading a GPS map system would be just like reading any other types of maps. In fact, most people may be more accustomed to reading GPS maps than they seem to realize.

Whenever people try to look at maps found on the Internet, chances are that they are looking at a GPS map. One of the most common examples of this is Google Earth, which makes use of GPS maps covering the entire planet to provide information.

In some areas, the GPS maps that Google uses may even provide pictures to individual streets and even homes in the neighborhood. In a similar way, Yahoo also makes use of GPS generated maps to provide direction information with just an address.

There are also several online sources that can provide people with GPS generated maps that they are looking for. Most of these maps were made with the common individual in mind and therefore are fairly easy to understand and read. Their orientation is most likely similar to the ones that individuals use to read conventional maps.

People may then be able to have these maps uploaded into their GPS receivers or laptops that can also be converted into a GPS navigation system with a GPS sensor and special software.

 
 

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