Global Positioning System (GPS)

What is GPS and how does it work?

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a network of satellites that sends information about time and location to a vehicle’s navigation system. This information can then be used to show you where you are on a map and plot a route to where you want to go. The more sophisticated systems today also use real-time traffic information (RTTI) to help you avoid any jams or hold-ups. GPS have made your trusty A-Z redundant and make sure you never need get lost again.

Related Jargon

How does satellite navigation work in a car?

A car’s satellite navigation system, or sat nav, uses the information from GPS satellites to work out its latitude, longitude, altitude and movement.

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