Why would you consider an embedded solution when you always have your mobile phone at hand?
Smartphones have revolutionized our lives and offer a solution for nearly everything we need (including hundreds of navigation software applications). However, smartphone applications are not especially well designed to navigate long journeys.
Drawbacks of using smartphone navigation when going on a long trip
In the case of mobile apps, you need internet connection to have instant access to maps. But if you are an outdoor adventurer, you will certainly prefer remote touring areas – where internet coverage could be limited – to city centers. Also, in steep, hilly areas and tunnels, the GPS signal is quickly lost, and it takes a while for the phone to reconnect
Damaged or low-quality cables, automatic software updates can cause connectivity issues, and you might not be able to easily access your maps/calculated route when needed.
You’d better keep in mind your mobile tariff plan and data consumption to avoid potential roaming charges. There is a roaming regulation within the EU, which was created with the aim to avoid this, but while the regulation has been adopted by EU members, there are still a few countries in European region that haven’t signed up.
Standard smartphone display sizes are smaller than embedded systems and can black out due to hot sunlight. The latter can be quite annoying, especially at an important intersection or junction.
5 reasons to go for built-in navigation
24/7 service availability
No matter the time or your location, your navigation system will always be ready to help you reach your destination, and you can switch to offline mode at any time.
No accessories to keep in mind
You don’t need to remember to take special plugs or chargers with you. A device integrated into the dashboard of your car lifts this burden from your shoulders.
No shocking bills
There’s nothing worse than ending your vacation with the unpleasant surprise of a shocking phone bill. Embedded solutions will never get you into such a situation. They include preinstalled maps and work offline, so you don’t need to worry about your data consumption or related costs at all.
Devices offer a large set of features that are missing from the majority of free GPS applications.
A 6.5-inch or 7-inch touch screen perfectly shows all the maneuvers you need to carry out at a multi-lane junction, and can also show the lane you need to be in on the motorway to get to the desired destination. In addition to HDMI ports, USB ports, and Bluetooth connections, these devices are also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to enable screen mirroring.
Owing to the clarity and high-quality graphics of the user interface, navigation is as easy as child’s play.
The controls of the built-in head unit are also installed on the steering wheel, allowing you to continuously keep your hands on the wheel, thus making driving a lot safer.
A display considerably bigger than that of a smartphone allows you to identify and follow maneuvers more accurately. In addition, two rear-view cameras can be connected to state-of-the-art head units, which is very useful when driving, e.g., for a large vehicle.
The installation of a navigation device is not rocket science
The installation of a navigation device is not rocket science, and if the dimensions of your device do not perfectly match the slot, a simple mounting frame offers an answer to your problem. Whether you are a novice or an experienced driver, NNG iGO embedded navigation will help you enjoy an exhilarating experience, maximum safety, and a feeling of liberty. Just don’t forget to keep your maps up to date, so you’ll have all the latest roads, speed limits, and points of interest.