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Never Get Lost Again

Staying on track gets a whole lot easier as GPS makes its way into the latest vehicles.

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This story appears in the January 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Accurate driving directions are essential to ensure you and your employees don't waste time or gas money finding destinations. To the rescue: GPS navigation. From 28 satellites, the GPS sends signals to receiver software to pinpoint latitude, longitude and altitude. Vehicle navigation devices access the shortest routes, provide directions, receive voice prompts and even track down company cars from your office. The pricier models are preloaded with maps. Other models' expandable memory allows access to map detail with an SD card from a PC and map CDs. Some require a monthly subscription fee. Practical for delivery, shuttle and on-site service businesses, many portable GPS units can be permanently installed.

Some things to consider before buying: Is the system user-friendly? Does it provide turn-by-turn directions by street name or tell you the most and least used highways on your route? How long is its battery life? Is it rechargeable?

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