What is the Future of Gps Technology


The future of GPS technology is bright and promising. While some people raise concerns about privacy issues, science and technology keep marching at a steady pace, without looking back. In the next decade, GPS technology will be integrated into our daily lives the same way cell phones were in the previous.

The potential uses of GPS technology are staggering. My T-Mobile G1, also known as the Google Android phone, allows me to do fascinating things with the built-in GPS. Sure, I can find directions and get turn-by-turn navigation. But that use of GPS has been around for years. The future of GPS technology can already be witnessed in some of the applications developed for the G1.


I can use Google Maps to search for anything I need and have the closest location mapped on my phone. That is already a huge improvement over GPS systems that were sold a couple of years ago. You had to know the address, manually type it in, and hope that the software could find it. Also, you had the hope that the version of your software included the latest road construction projects. Now you can combine the power of a Google search, a constantly updated map, and GPS technology to find your way to anything from anywhere.

The ability to find places made GPS technology popular, but new uses will get users involved with sharing content integrated with GPS. For example, another thing I can do with GPS technology and my phone is to take a picture, upload it to the Internet, and have it automatically placed on a map on the same location I took it. The potential uses of this technology are exciting, especially for a journalism student such as myself. I can walk around event, such as a political rally or demonstration, while taking pictures and sharing them with my readers in real time, creating a virtual map of the event. A similar use was developed during the latest Gaza conflict, allowing people to share reports and pictures which were mapped and made available online.


But I think the true potential of GPS technology is the creation of an augmented reality environment. This means using GPS technology along with information from the internet, database, and other sources to provide additional information about your current location. Imagine being on a hike in somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and being able to point your phone at a peak and automatically getting the name of the mountain, its height, climbing difficulty, maps with trails that lead to the summit, and pictures and video posted by people who hiked along the same trail. Parts of that scenario are already a reality with certain applications available for free on my phone. I can’t even imagine what you will be able to do in another 5 to 10 years.


While most people choose to focus on GPS technology as something scary that could be used to track people and invade their privacy, I prefer to think about the amazing potential uses that GPS promises.