Whereis® supply map data to leading car manufacturers’ in-dashboard navigation systems in Australia, as well as most portable GPS devices.
It’s a pretty common misconception that Australian roads don’t change that much and when people ask us about this, they are often surprised to learn that each new release of Whereis® mapping software actually captures between 10,000km and 15,000km of new roads and re-verifies 235,000km per year through continuous research.
The other common myth is that in-car GPS systems update themselves automatically. As convenient as that might be, today’s in-car GPS systems, don’t update themselves and the map software has to be manually updated. Thankfully, it’s very easy to do.
How can I tell if the maps in my in-car navigation system are current?
Whereis® version 19.0/8.0 is the most recent Whereis® map for built in-car satellite navigation systems. In order to determine what version your in-car navigation system is using, simply locate the map CD, DVD or SD Card. The navigation system is often located in the boot, under the seat, or in the glove box. Some systems have a map button that will inform you of what map version the system is using. If you have any difficulty locating the map CD, DVD or SD Card or identifying which map version you have, please contact your car dealer.
How do I update the map in my navigation system?
The Whereis® maps in most in-car satellite navigation systems can be easily updated each year by purchasing an update disk or SD card. Visit the Whereis® Maps Online Shop to check if Whereis has a map update available for your satellite navigation system.
Why choose a built-in car navigation systems
An in-car sat nav system provides many benefits over the alternative products on the market:
* large, screen size which is safer to read easily and quickly when you’re on the move
* integrated dashboard installation provides greater security
* no cords, brackets or suction cups means an unobstructed view for safer driving
* faster signals to find locations and calculate routes quickly
* navigate when there is no signal such as in tunnels, high rise areas and heavy forestation
An introduction to built-in car navigation systems
In-car GPS satellite navigation systems feature large, easy-to-read screens built in to your dashboard. Built-in screens are not only more secure than portable devices, they offer the convenience and visual appeal of having no visible power cords, device cradles or suction cups. In-car systems are also integrated into your car’s audio systems, so that spoken directions can be heard through your car speakers.
Like portable GPS devices, they use GPS (global satellite positioning) technology to work out where you are, combined with information from the vehicle and a system gyro compass - a device that is in most in-car multi sensor systems. Together with a speed sensor it facilitates direction and distance being travelled even when the GPS signal drops out. This enables in-car systems to be more accurate than stand-alone GPS devices when determining your car’s speed and distance. These systems can even work out your location when there's no GPS signal – for instance, when you're travelling through tunnels.