Navigation Systems

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.

An Authorised Fitment Centre That Does It All

Finding an authorised fitment centre to suite your needs is often a tough thing to do when you consider how a lot of these dealers only specialize in one or two things. It’s usually because there are certain requirements that need to be met by the dealers before they can be authorised to do the work in the first place. Being an Authorised dealer means that you are able to meet the manufacturer requirements for using their products in your own business, and without it there is no guarantee that the job will be done properly.

When you have a fitment centre that is able to provide you with guaranteed workmanship on all kinds of services, you are bound to get exactly what you are looking for and you can get it done quickly. Some of the more common services offered by a fitment centre include tires and wheels, shocks and exhausts, as well as security related installations that include smash & grab on the windows, navigation systems and anything related to aircons.

Choosing the Right Fitment Centre for Your Car

You have the choice of going directly to a fitment centre that specializes in what you need or you can visit a one stop shop that caters for it all. As long as they are authorised the handle the work, you can rest assured that they will be deliver. If you take smash & grab as an example you will notice that the fitment centre will explain what the minimum and maximum requirements are for the type of coating that they are supposed to use.

The plastic itself would also need to meet minimum safety requirements in terms of thickness and the type of material being used so that you are guaranteed a minimum amount of protection. You also need to be able to see through your windows once the installation centre has completed the work, or you could become a road hazard for others on the road. You would also need to be able navigate your way around the roads while you are driving.

They should also be able to assist you with navigation systems, and integrating a GPS into your vehicle to provide you with on the spot location services whenever you need it. The system can be a standalone GPS device that is simply mounted to the windscreen or dash, or you can have a fully integrated system that runs through the vehicle’s audio system. You may even want it to have its own view screen that is built into the dashboard.

Aircons are just as Easy as Smash & Grab and Navigation Systems

If you need to have you aircons re-gassed, repaired or even replaced, then your one stop fitment centre comes to the rescue once again. You can have it all checked out when you bring your vehicle in for them to look at. You may even want to have an air-conditioning unit installed in your vehicle when it doesn’t come standard with the vehicle.

They should also be able to find a unit that will fit your specific make and model, so there is no need to worry about it fitting inside your bonnet. You can have it installed within a day and be ready to drive it home in that afternoon with nice cool air coming through your vents. As most of these services are highly specialized, they often require qualified individuals to handle it, and once again that’s the importance of going with an Authorised fitment centre to handle the installation of smash & grab, navigation systems and aircons.

At least if you have the work done by qualified individuals you are guaranteed a high standard of workmanship and a sensible way to protect and repair your vehicle.