For today’s road warriors or casual commuters, a dedicated GPS receiver has become a valued travel companion. Driving across countries and navigating new and unfamiliar places have become much easier with its global positioning capabilities. However, to be effective, a GPS receiver needs to be up to date. It needs an up to date map to keep track of new roads or newly opened exits, streets as well as other points of interests. Its application software needs to be in touch with the latest GPS technologies to provide the best service it can deliver.

But the roads are just the beginning. In addition to actual maps, GPS navigators contain many layers of additional information. Business and service locations stored in your GPS can change virtually overnight. New surveys can always reveal new points of interest, either because something has changed or because the particular piece of data was never collected before.

Certainly, driving will be more convenient and safer when your handheld GPS software and operating systems are updated. In a short period of days or weeks, new GPS technologies and newer versions of electronic maps emerge. Without timely updates, the device’s factory settings and GPS functions can easily become obsolete. In addition, the availability of GPS map, software, and application updates eliminates the necessity of swapping your device for a new model just to use a new function feature. In addition, these updates include corrections to the operating issues as well as the operating bugs reported by all GPS users. Updating the device is actually easy. However, different GPS brands follow different and specific GPS update steps.

More to that, people who invest in expensive GPS navigators are now demanding better and more up-to-date maps and information, and manufacturers are trying to respond. However, the release of new GPS updates for specific brands and models is sometimes erratic. You may buy a new unit with pre-installed mapping software, only to see new software released soon after. This together with the cost of the mapping updates is a common source of irritation for GPS users.

This is because gathering data for new maps is a time-consuming and expensive process. And once the information is collected, it will take a while for GPS manufacturers to convert and integrate it into their own specific software formats and produce GPS updates.

However, like everything else in the world of GPS, this extended process of data collection and product production is improving and GPS updates are being rolled out quicker than before.