The most commonly used form of all GPS technologies, navigational GPS is used on a daily basis by hundreds of thousands of people. The GPS navigation network consists of a system of government owned and operated satellites orbiting our planet, offering accurate location, time and other information at any spot on the planet. Today, navigational GPS is primarily used for routing on mobile communication devices such as cell phones.
The first consumer grade navigation GPS units were mostly utilized by motorists in need of a routing solution who were operating automobiles, later expanding into applications related to physical fitness, hunting, fishing and more. These navigation GPS units evolved to offer voice-activated communication where the system would inform the driver of their exact position while providing the driver exact directions on the appropriate route(s) the driver should follow. These next generation of navigation GPS units even provided real-time updates on the weather conditions, traffic alerts, road conditions, terrain views and 3D views. Now it is commonplace for rental car companies and many new automobiles to be equipped with navigation GPS units that offer attractive touchscreen interfaces with user-friendly controls.
Although portable navigation GPS units were one of the first forms of consumer GPS products, mobile navigation GPS apps are now the most commonly used GPS products. Facebook, Instagram, Yelp and a variety of other social networking mobile apps now have some form of "check in" option that utilizes GPS vehicle tracking, but when it comes to mobile apps no two are used more than Apple maps and Google Maps. What makes these navigation GPS mobile apps popular is that during long drives or road trips people can use the apps to quickly route them to their desired location. The great thing about most of these navigation GPS apps is that most are free for download.
Navigation GPS units and mobile apps have eliminated the need for people to ever put pen to paper in order to write directions between point A to point B. The accurate and reliable satellite technology has literally made driving, tracking and movement easier for everyone. Gone are the days of pulling over and asking for directions or breaking out a paper map to find out how to get to your location. Simply enter the address of where you want to go and within seconds your navigation system will be directing you turn by turn.