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How To Install a GPS Unit Into Your Vehicle (Car/Bike)

Remember the time when smartphone was new and it included a feature called GPS to track mobile’s location and to get destination’s direction step by step. It has been years since the first smartphone launched. Now, GPS has become common in almost all the smart devices.

With GPS, you can’t think of getting lost and afraid of going to unknown destination because this service provides you the entire way with all possible direction taking care of your requirements like shortest path, low-cost and also let you know all nearby things like restaurants, library, bus stop, etc.

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All thanks to smartphones that it lets you know all about GPS and it is functioning. Think it in bigger picture now. Do you have any vehicle, car or bike? If you get a chance to install GPS in your vehicle where you would like to go first? I know it is sounds amazing and cool.

In market many vehicles are GPS enables but if you have any old vehicle you can still install GPS unit in it. GPS tracker not only provides you direction list but also take care of all your moves.

gpsOne of the obvious reasons to have GPS tracker in vehicles is to protect vehicles from thieves and if it happens, GPS system will inform you. Another good reason is that it helps in saving environment? How? Well, GPS system lets you drive the vehicle through the best route and helps you in avoiding road traffic. This way there would be less carbon emission, reduced carbon footprints and indirectly you are saving your environment.

Certain GPS systems includes fuel usage facilities that lets you know how much fuel you are wasting and utilizing depending on travel in different regions, weather conditions and other factors that may cause more fuel consumption than its actual need.

How to install a GPS unit in your vehicle

Once you have decided you want to install GPS unit to your vehicle that could be the car of any model or bike. The GPS unit can be installed easily by take care of few things and following the procedure correctly. You can install a GPS antenna in the vehicle outside of the vehicle like on the roof or boot.

You need to install this GPS unit at some area where no metal structure or frame gets over it. As this will weak the intensity of satellite signals and you might receive the wrong direction or may be none.

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Step 1. Find the appropriate place

Find the right place for installing GPS unit in you device where it must get the direct sunlight at any point of time. If you want to install in car, you can try fitting to the dashboard into the lock box. In case of scooty or bike the appropriate position of placing GPS unit is under the tool box or under the front cover.

placeStep 2. Understanding GPS unit

GPS unit is composed of two wires. So, while installing make sure you are aware of both the wires. Red wire is required to connect with one of the ignition switch wire while blue wire is used for earthing.gpsun

Step 3. Connect GPS unit with ignition switch

For correctly working GPS unit will make use of wire. Like other artifacts like headlight, back light, GPS system will take power from same ignition switch. Join the ignition switch with GPS’s red wire. If you want to check whether you have selected the correct wire, you can put vehicle’s ignition put.igni

Step 4. Connect the blue wire of GPS

Once you attach the red wire, it is time to attach the GPS’ blue wire to the earthing. Pickup the tracker and connect USB port with the tracker. When you first start the ignition switch, GPS system will glow and then it will start flashing some light.

igStep 5. Finalize

Once you connect all the wires correctly, it is time to check if the GPS system is working correctly. Once you will start ignition switch, tracker will also start working. Always tie up USB charger with one of the existing wires so that it could help you in case of losing the connection.red

Final Words

While installing GPS unit, you must take care of some things so that it could not harm you or your vehicle. Do not extent or cut the antenna cable of GPS as it could results in malfunction or short-circuit. While purchasing GPS unit, make sure it is compatible with your vehicle as this GPS unit comes for vehicles having negative grounding and 12-Volt battery.

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Yogesh Kumari

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  • This is a really important information you shared. Most people don’t know how to install gps unit in their cars.