If relying on GPS in my car becomes a habit, I might lose whatever sense of direction I currently possess. But if it gets me out of traffic jams, maybe the trade would be worth it. I tried out the Delphi Nav200 this week, and found myself rather robotically carrying out the orders of this little rectangular device suctioned to my windshield. After awhile I realized I was paying attention only to the cars around me and traffic signals, not street signs. I simply followed the tinny, female voice commanding me to “turn left…in…600 feet,” or “exit right…in…half a mile.” It’s oddly hypnotic, but incredibly useful. And more and more people are getting on the GPS bandwagon. Personal navigation is becoming increasingly popular–unit sales have jumped 300 percent in the last year, according to retail data collected by the NPD Group. Prices are coming down too. The average portable GPS device costs $441 today, down from $644 a year ago. Portable GPS devices can now play videos, music and games, as well as display photos, but one of the most appealing features is their ability to not only direct you where to go, but help you avoid traffic altogether. The… Read full this story
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