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How Does GPS Improve Vehicle Safety?

How Does GPS Improve Vehicle Safety?

There are around 6 million automobile accidents every year on American roads. But when a loved one becomes involved in a car crash, you might not hear about the accident until the authorities contact you, which could be hours or even days after the event. The latest GPS technology, however, generates critical location information after an automobile accident in real-time

The result? You can send for help or get to the scene of the accident. 

Clever tracking devices with "impact detection" can identify a car collision using internal sensors and notify the motorist's emergency contacts in an emergency. 

That's just one way GPS improves vehicle safety. The newest tech, such as 4G location sharing and tracking systems, provides drivers and their loved ones with peace of mind in a wide range of scenarios and might save lives.

Here's everything you need to know about vehicular safety with GPS.

A (Brief) History of GPS and Vehicle Safety

GPS (Global Positioning System) dates back to the '60s when the United States Navy tracked submarines carrying nuclear missiles from satellites. In the decades that followed, GPS became more versatile and then more affordable. Today, you can find the technology in all kinds of places, from ships to smartphones. 

In recent years, GPS has played a significant role in vehicle safety. Sat-navs, GPS-enabled smartphone apps, and powerful location trackers monitor motorists' behavior, providing authorities and emergency contacts, among other information, with real-time data about auto-related accidents and injuries. 

What are the Safety Benefits of GPS for Motorists?

Here are some advantages of investing in vehicular safety with GPS:

  • GPS improves the driving experience by providing timely location-related data such as traffic delays, route changes, and estimated arrival times. Access to this information ensures drivers get from Point A to Point B safely and removes distractions.
  • GPS can provide motorists (and their loved ones) with accurate location data in the event of a breakdown. If a driver becomes stranded, this location data might save their life.
  • Impact detection data can notify a driver's emergency contact about a car accident or collision. The person who receives the data can alert the authorities or get to the scene and provide assistance.

There are other benefits of using GPS data. Location information can speed up and improve the outcome of an insurance claim after an accident, for example. Location data often settles disputes between drivers. 

How Does GPS Improve Vehicle Safety?

GPS connects to satellites to determine a driver's exact whereabouts. Typically, devices like GPS-enabled smartphones and 4G trackers use a process called trilateration, which takes the position of at least three satellites from the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) to pinpoint a driver's specific location. This process has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years, and automotive technologies can determine a driver's location using GPS to an extremely high degree of accuracy. 

Why Should You Invest in GPS Technologies for Vehicle Safety?

GPS trackers and other technologies serve two functions. First, these devices can improve your safety on the road by sending real-time notifications to loved ones if you get lost or have an accident. But you can also use a GPS device to track someone you care for. Perhaps you have an elderly relative that you worry about. A GPS tracker monitors the routes your relative takes so you can take swift action if they get lost.

Or maybe you have a teenage child who has just passed their driving test. A tracker lets you monitor their whereabouts, providing you with peace of mind. 

"Road accidents are the highest cause of death among teenagers aged 16–19, and a major cause of death among adults, regardless of their driving experience," says the National Motorists Association. "Personal safety can be greatly improved by installing a vehicle tracker. In addition, parents can set speed limits and alerts for risky driving behavior, which can help protect teenage children or other family members from driving irresponsibly."

How LandAirSea Helps With Vehicle Safety

LandAirSea's range of location sharing and tracking devices makes it easy to improve vehicular safety with GPS. Products like the LandAirSea 54 With ShareSpot Location and Tracking System provide real-time location data with a secure log-in, so you can track the routes you take or monitor loved ones from your computer or smart device without breaking a sweat. This waterproof and dustproof product has an internal magnet that attaches to any vehicle and then tracks that vehicle as it moves from one location to another, generating unparalleled location insights that you can share with anyone you like. Set up email and text alerts, view historical location data, and much more.

Final Word

GPS technology has come a long way since the '60s. Today, it generates accurate location data that improves the safety of you and your loved ones when on the road. Location sharing and tracking systems, in particular, can detect impacts, remove driving distractions, and notify emergency contacts about accidents and injuries. The road ahead could be a safer one, thanks to GPS.

LandAirSea's 4G location sharing and tracking systems improve vehicle safety with an incredible range of monitoring features. Learn more now.

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