The Moore American

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June 3, 2014

God’s own GPS

MOORE — We are going to be doing some traveling and because we will be in areas we aren’t familiar with, we purchased a GPS navigation system.  My husband isn’t too keen about the device, but he graciously allows me to use it when I am driving alone.

It has some wonderful features, like finding the restaurants and shops in the area you are traveling through.  Most of you who have an iPhone or a car that is equipped with a GPS, already tout the benefits.

But there are a few setbacks even with the good things it has to offer.  Our son lives in a city in California that borders several other cities.  The device doesn’t recognize the city where he lives and it took savvy GPS programmers more than an hour to find a way to outsmart  the gadget; key in a city close by, and presto!  It finally located his address.

The device also has interesting variations of pronunciations for names of local businesses.  For JC Penney it calls out “Japenny) when you reach your destination.

In addition to this new device, we now have a vehicle with Bluetooth. It is a great hands-free system that is wonderful in states where it is unlawful to use your cell phone while driving.  Actually, we like it so much we use it as often as we can even when we are not traveling because it is much better than taking on the cell phone.

The voice recognition technology is not without challenges. If you are on a call and a passenger attempts to join in the conversation their voice is difficult to comprehend by the person on the other end of the phone. It works best when just the driver speaks because the main speaker is on the left side of the steering wheel (at least it is on our vehicle.)

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