Improving GPS

Every time I get in my car I ask my smartphone to use precise measurements of time beamed from several points in space to quickly triangulate my location, then wirelessly connect to the internet, find my destination, map a route avoiding traffic, then read the directions to me as I drive. And yet I will complain it’s not doing enough.

Here’s a short list of features I’d like to see added to GPS:

  • If my next turn is the next traffic signal tell me that! Say, “turn left at the light,” the way a person would.
  • Show me the speed limit. Alert me when I’m speeding.
  • Search for things along my route. I used to be able to do this – I don’t know where that feature went.
  • Give me an ETA/trip time factoring in projected traffic based on a later start time.
  • Suggest a lane based on the next turn.
  • Show me the current weather radar, like the Radar Now app.
  • Route around high crime areas.
  • Allow me to set the height of my vehicle and warn me if I’m going to drive under something too low.

One thought on “Improving GPS”

  1. My aunt’s GPS, in her Honda, shows the lane and speed limit. It’s nice.

    I would like an option that keeps me on the main roads — interstates, state routes, etc. — instead of finding the shortest distance/time using back or side roads. Or that let’s me see the routes & pick like on Google Maps.

    Oh, and search for places *without* requiring me to enter the city and *not* assuming I want to stay in the city/town/county/whatever boundary I’m currently in (and if I do enter one because I’m looking ahead, search *around* it, too). At that tournament in Wake Forest, my GPS refused to find the Olive Garden because it was in the next town over, despite being less than a mile away from where I was.

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