Written by inanutshell
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Topics: Cars, Driving, GPS

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

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The Key To More Enjoyable Driving

Luxury car manufacturers such as Mercedes Benz, Lexus and BMW are calling on GPS software companies to include more features used with calculating routes as the needs for faster cars is different to that of the humble motorist.

For many users, the shortest distance route normally takes longer than the shortest time route due to the roads used not being main highways. However, some of the shortest time routes are rather slow roads and users want faster roads even though the distance travelled is much more and can take them longer.

Take for example three routes getting from A to B:

  1. Route 1 is a 200 mile direct journey taking 4.5 hours because of the country roads and communities;
  2. Route 2 is 100 miles of normal road and 140 miles motorway which is 240 miles and can be done in 4 hours, so it is quicker but also further;
  3. Route 3 is 25 miles of normal road at both ends and 280 miles of motorway which is 330 miles and a lot faster travelling in general, but takes 5 hours.

By definition Route 3 is the 'fastest' route since the average speed throughout this journey is the highest of all three routes - but it is the longest in both time and distance.

Luxury car drivers want this feature to be added to the GPS functionality so that the route given can let them enjoy exercising their luxuries to the full on motorways and dual carriageways rather than on smaller roads which gives them no enjoyment with starting and stopping so often since the extra cost won't matter to these drivers.

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