Some real-time GPS locators for cars in 2015 include the Garmin nüvi 2797LMT, the TomTom GO LIVE 1535M and the Magellan RoadMate RV9145-LM. These devices all allow drivers to receive updates on location and direction on the fly.
Garmin’s nüvi 2797LMT wins high praise from critics for its large screen, ease of use and smartphone connectivity. The unit’s 7-inch touchscreen makes it easy to see and operate, while its Smartphone Link feature allows users to share and track info on different destinations and even help remember where the car is parked. The device’s Up Ahead feature also highlights nearby gas, food, hospitals and other useful locations.
TomTom’s GO LIVE 1535M comes complete with pre-loaded maps and directions, a dashboard mount and a car charger with an integrated traffic receiver. The unit’s voice recognition functionality makes it easy to input directions hands-free, and the GO LIVE also supports Bluetooth connectivity. The device also integrates with Yelp, helping travelers find well-reviewed restaurants and bars along the way. Reviewers do note that the device’s battery life when unplugged is relatively short.
Magellan RoadMate RV9145-LM is a unique GPS navigation unit intended specifically for RV drivers. In addition to pre-loaded maps and GPS directions, the unit also provides multi-destination routing, for trips with multiple stops in mind, and information on campsites, pit stops and points of interests. The device also includes a night view feature, making it easier to see while driving in the dark.