Despite some successful experiments, automated cars are still far from being a feature of our daily lives. The infrastructure involved in moving to such a world, and the number of technological issues that need to be resolved, mean that we are still some years away.
Ahead of the Easter holiday weekend and ANZAC Day holidays, automotive technology brand Navman is backing Police calls to be extra vigilant on the roads
Typically, when you do a daily drive you are focused on getting from A to B as fast as possible, particularly if it involves a commute or an errand. You want to minimise turns or take the roads that move fastest – no time for dawdling. You simply plug into your GPS where you want to go and up comes the result. Simple.
Every parent or guardian knows full well what this time of year means: it’s back to school. Relaxed holiday routines are thrown out the window and now there is the added pressure of making sure the children get to school at the right time, often during peak-hour morning traffic or back home during busy afternoons.
How often do you check your tyre pressure? Once a year? Before a long road-trip? Well, we heard something interesting from one of our staff, whose husband works at a luxury car dealership’s aftercare service. The dealership was getting a lot of complaints from customers about the need to replace tyres of these cars far more frequently than they would have expected. The complaints were enough for the supplier of their tyres, to come in to have a chat with this dealership.
Growing up, we had a Kirby vacuum cleaner. I remember mum paid a ridiculous price for it, which the salesman justified because it “would never die.” This heavy, upright contraption would clunk around the house sucking up straight lines of dirt and dust, no matter how rough we were or how many times it was dropped down the stairs (“accidently” or not). It might have needed a tune up here and there, but as the salesman promised, all through my childhood and teens, this monstrosity refused to die.
At Navman we care hugely about road safety. It’s why we’ve spent so many years adding new features and fine-tuning how our devices provide guidance through visual, verbal, audio cues. We’ve studied how people drive in different circumstances, and we know that how they drive in urban areas is different to driving longer drives in rural areas.
We’ve been designing, developing and building the best satellite navigation systems for more than 15 years. In those early days our navigation and safety alerts were good but admittedly fairly basic and over that time we’ve brought out new features onto different devices as technology has evolved, processors have sped up and drivers have wanted better guidance, and more safety features.
Winter is well and truly here in the Australian and New Zealand ski fields with big dumps of snow across the resorts. Whether your preference is skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, tubing or snow–shoeing, this is a great year to be driving to the mountains.
If you’re one of the lucky people heading off on the roads of Europe or North America to escape Australian or NZ winter, here’s one thing you must pack: your Navman GPS with international maps loaded.
Planning to get away over the four day long weekend and don’t want to suffer the inevitable and much repeated question “Are we there yet?”? With mobile coverage often not great once you get out of cities and towns, you need some old fashioned fun car games up your sleeve to keep the kids occupied and make the time go faster for everyone.
Teaching your teenager to drive this year?
We’ve got the ultimate guide for parents on how to make it stress-free
How did we manage to get our kids to sporting grounds before the days of the GPS? Seriously, it is difficult enough to get one child dressed in a clean correct uniform on a Saturday morning, let alone find new playing fields in a new suburb.