3D GPS Navigation Devices and Gadgets

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Most people know GPS navigation devices as 2D models that only show roads on a flat landscape. However, the newest models of these popular navigational tools have 3D GPS as one of the included features. The images that are displayed are striking realistic and are helping many people find their destinations easier than ever before. Still, the best of 3D GPS is yet to come. Several manufacturers of the GPS navigation devices are turning to mobile formats of the popular Google Maps and Bing Maps programs to provide an even clearer street view, complete with pictures that will be actual photographs in place of animated renderings.

The advantage of using an existing program like Bing Maps on a GPS device is that the program uses satellite imagery rather than drawn buildings. As technology had not reached a point to use this imagery before the first wave of 3D GPS devices were released, programmers were forced to trace the lines of buildings and provide animation to be realistic. This took a great deal of time and effort to transcribe a map of an entire city and add buildings and landmarks. The Streetside feature of Bing Maps and the opposing Street View feature in Google Maps already have photographs of these buildings included for a large amount of cities.

The trouble that most of the GPS navigation devices have is their limited memory and they will not be able to store these huge collections of photographs. On the other hand, the emergence of 3G and 4G data networks means that this data no longer needs to be stored locally. Instead, it can stay in the cloud and the GPS device can update on a regular basis as it moves through a city. In this manner, the 3D GPS images will only have a small memory requirement on a person’s actual device. While the first versions of these maps of the earth will likely cost a bundle, they will be the latest and greatest way to move from point A to point B.