GPS technology has improved in leaps and bounds in recent years. Anyone who has been using in-car GPS navigation systems can certainly attest to the huge difference between what was available ten years ago and the sleek, efficient, and feature-rich GPS units of today. Gone are the days of tiny, faintly coloured screens, poor satellite coverage, and even poorer maps, slowly updated. Maps that now come pre-loaded and can be updated automatically and kept right up to date once had to be bought separately and manually installed.
A state of the art GPS system combines hardware and software into one seamless package. Accuracy is extremely high and like mobile phones, in-car navigation systems now enjoy brightly coloured and visually clear displays. The same technology has made fleet vehicle tracking far more efficient and useful than it was just a few short years ago. A modern vehicle tracking system is a very different and far more advanced thing than would once have been possible.
The growth in GPS technology means that a top of the line vehicle tracking system can now place company cars and vans on a superbly detailed street map to within a very fine tolerance for error. A few metres is a good precision level, and fully achievable with the standard of satellite and receiver technology now commercially available. Digital mapping is also much more advanced than it was, so individual cars, trucks, and vans can be placed accurately on the right road in the right position.
Fleet management software has also improved out of sight. Higher frequency of data collection has meant that vehicle tracks can now be traced accurately and neatly, and reviewed on-map at the viewer’s leisure. The better hardware pieces can now transmit data every few seconds if required (although few clients want or need such a high frequency under normal circumstances).