In-Dash Navigation Systems Offer a Safe and Tidy Solution

Perhaps one of the single greatest advances to benefit the motorist, the SatNav device has totally changed the way that drivers all around the world now locate their destinations and plan the best routes by which to reach them. The underlying technology known as the Global Positioning System or GPS uses the combined signals of multiple orbiting satellites to pinpoint the location of a device within metres. Since this service was first made available for public use, the market has been flooded with a series of hand-held, window-mounted and in-dash navigation systems designed to help hikers, bikers and car owners to establish precisely where they are and where they are headed.


The satellite information is actually free to use, courtesy of the United States Department of Defence, but the maps used by the various devices need constantly updating as changes occur and these are normally items offered for sale by the makers of the various devices. The slightly modified application of the same technology is used by fleet owners to keep track of the position of their vessels and is equally applicable to land-based vehicles, aircraft and ocean-going craft such as super tankers. In South Africa and elsewhere, security companies employ the same means to trace stolen vehicles but GPS technology is still most widely used as a far more compact and efficient alternative to the now, largely outmoded, street and tourist maps.


Useful as they may be, if you have ever tried to operate one of the hand-held devices while driving, you will beware that the practice is both difficult and, potentially, very dangerous. Depending upon the make and model of the vehicle, mounting the device on the window by means of a suction cup offers a distinct improvement and certainly eliminates the risk of dropping it.  However an in-dash navigation system is, without doubt, the safest solution as well as preserving the general clean lines of the vehicle’s dashboard and without intruding on the driver’s line of sight.


There are devices suitable for installation in most of the more popular vehicles on sale in South Africa today. These include Toyota, Nissan, Kia, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Hyundai and Subaru. Some of the GPS products are even available as a combination unit that incorporates a DVD player and or a sound system.


Supply of these products and expert retro-fitting for motorists living in Gauteng is competently handled by a Pretoria company known as the Electronic Fitment Centre or EFC.  It employs more than 40 trained technical staff in-house and 8 mobile teams to serve anyone that is in need of a top quality in-dash GPS navigation system.