Digital mapping is the way that maps such as the Thomas Guide,(which are used by many driving companies to navigate around cities and towns) are loaded into the electronic devices that are being used today. These maps can then be displayed on the electronic devices. However,in order to work out the correct location (and display this on the device) a phone or satellite signal must be available.
Just as with the old hard copy maps,these digital maps assist people navigate to and from their various destinations. However Digital maps are actually much easier to utilize than the hard copies. All you have to do is type in the current location (sometimes this is not needed if using a GPS) and the destination,and then press a button,the system does the rest.
There’s no need to look through the index and find the right page and location on the hard copy. The electronics do all the work. Thanks to the dawn of the Web,finding your way around the country has become easier than ever before. Today,truck drivers,cab drivers,uber driver,lyft drivers,delivery drivers,and more are all able to navigate their way around the nation with ease.
Digital mapping relies on satellite imagery. Sometimes this imagery is slightly out of sync with reality or needs to be updated as new roads are built and opened up. It’s vital to keep this in mind and be aware of this while using a digital map. Other issues to watch for are one-way streets that may not always be properly marked on a digital map and streets that stop and start with something in between such as a park or body of water.
GPS or Global Positioning System works on this very principal. The maps being loaded into the device and the satellites then interrogated to ascertain the users current location. The software on the device then directs the person to their destination. GPS relies a lot upon digital mapping and with good reason,without it and the satellites it uses,it wouldn’t work.
Once the coordinates of the destination are converted from an address to the coordinates on the map,(this by looking up the data on the database held on the device) the GPS uses this to aid the driver in locating their destination.
The software that reads data from the satellites then converts this information into the instructions that the GPS relays to the driver,telling the driver where to turn and what route to use. The system tracks the driver and if the driver makes a wrong turn,the system will relay this to the driver and tell them to take thecorrect turns and use the right routes that will put them back on the right track to their destination.
Thanks to today’s technology,it’s not hard to locate addresses any more and more companies than ever before are using GPS devices to their fleet vehicles. Drivers will also note that the GPS tools can track everywhere that they go and many companies are utilizing this information to locate lost or stolen vehicles and staff who may require assistance in an emergency. Digital mapping is the wave of the future and more people and companies than ever before are utilizing it today.
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