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Artificial Intelligence In GPS Navigation Systems

We now live in a world with autonomous cars, self-parking cars, and yes, even self-driving limo buses. But how does it actually work? How safe are these driverless vehicles really? And where do Artificial Intelligence (AI) fit into the equation?

In this post we’ll explore these questions and more. We’ll talk about the origins of AI.

What Is Artificial Intelligence In GPS Navigation Systems

GPS navigation systems are a great example of an AI-infused application. It’s hard to find fault with the system, as it basically eliminates the need for a human driver altogether. And that’s not all, as the system is getting better and better all the time.

RoadTagger was tested on occluded roads from digitised maps of 20 U.S. cities. The model accurately counted the number of lanes and inferred the type of road with a 93 percent accuracy rate.


The reason for this is very simple; it’s all in the software. The navigation system uses advanced algorithms to detect and understand the location, direction, and speed of each vehicle on the road.

It does this by analyzing data from GPS satellites (which are always broadcasting signals), road sensors (which get information about your surroundings from not just your car’s gyroscope, but also other sensors such as ultrasonic sensors), and what it doesn’t know about the different traffic patterns in cities.

Benefits Of Artificial Intelligence In GPS Navigation Systems

The advent of artificial intelligence has seen the development of GPS navigational systems that are able to map out and provide directions for an existing route provision system. This technology has revolutionized the field of computer science, making it possible for machines to accurately navigate their way around obstacles.

The MIT and QCRI researchers have created “RoadTagger,” which automatically predicts the number of lanes and road types (highway or residential) behind impediments using a combination of neural network architectures.

The global positioning system (GPS) is a technology that uses machine learning to determine the location of a user. The user input is simple: the user tells the system their current location. The system then uses this information to determine the user’s location. This paradigm is simple and easy to use, making it a popular choice for many users.

1. The System Can Work In All Types Of Weather

GPS navigation systems are precision instruments, and if the weather is bad then your car’s GPS navigation system can be rendered useless. The only way to ensure that the navigation system performs to its full potential is to add AI features.

This is particularly true in cities with complex traffic patterns, where cars move unpredictably from lane to lane, sometimes cutting across others’ paths. It’s also important for long-distance travel when roads may be obstructed in one or more of their directions by roadwork or (even worse!) deep snowdrifts.

2. The System Can Work In Any Country

Another problem with GPS navigation systems is that it is dependent on data from GPS satellites, which covers much less than the entire planet. And obviously, these satellites are not in orbit above the most remote areas on our planet.

When it comes to AI-powered navigation systems, though, this issue is solved. As mentioned above these systems can operate independently in cities and even off-highway by using other sensors and data sources. All of these data sources (specifically maps) are already compiled for every country and city in the world!

3. It’s Easier To Get Information

With traditional GPS systems you will have to wait for the NAV system update, which can take several minutes. With AI-powered navigation systems, you can ask an entity called OpenStreetMap, which keeps track of all the changes in maps.

Just use the “report” feature and the map will reflect your report in just a few minutes! This can be particularly useful for getting around blocked roads during floods or construction.

4. The System Can Find Alternatives Routes


Target roads are identified from raw satellite photos by the CNN, which are then divided into around 65 feet (20 m) long “tiles” by the GNN.

It used to happen quite often that you needed to take an alternative route because of roadwork or traffic accident.

Just to make sure your trip is safe, you will have to turn on the Nav system’s “navigate on your own” and “stay alert” features. But with AI-powered navigation systems, this isn’t necessary anymore. The system can analyze all the alternative routes and choose the shortest one!

5. It’s Difficult To Get Lost While Driving

Just like with traditional GPS systems, the NAV system can calculate directions and distance to your destination. This means that it’s very hard to get lost while driving.

One more way an AI-powered navigation system can help you out when you’re looking for something special is by suggesting places of interest along the way, such as certain parks or monuments. Those places show up on your choice of scale, so you can decide whether you want to stop and take a closer look.

6. You Don’t Need To Monitor The Route Anymore

Traditional GPS systems give you a warning in case of any traffic obstruction. But they cannot predict if something unexpected might happen – say, if a car suddenly runs into another one ahead of your car, or a pedestrian suddenly crossing the street.

With AI-powered navigation systems is possible to warn the driver with an advance warning or even automatically apply brakes if there is no reaction from the driver (this is usually done with newer cars).

7. You Can Add, Change And Delete Route Instructions

Sometimes you get stuck with the route you’ve chosen. This happens when the NAV system has been updated but your car’s computer hasn’t been updated.

This is why you need to manually update the Nav system by pressing a button on your car’s dashboard. Not anymore! With AI-powered navigation systems, updates can be initiated from your smartphone and from a cloud server.

So, if you want to add another waypoint to a new route, for example, all you’ll have to do is download some maps (specifically for that country) from an Internet site and save them on your phone or company’s central cloud server. You will then be able to update the NAV system without having to update your car’s computer.

8. Your Experience On The Road Is More Fun And Less Stressful

When is the last time you had a fun driving experience? Traditional GPS systems are not as smart as AI-powered navigation systems and won’t really offer you a lot of fun and variety.

That’s because they’re programmed to follow certain routes, with no flexibility or creativity when it comes to choosing the order of travel, or the best ways to get from point A to point B, for that matter. AI-powered navigation systems offer all these benefits already in their software settings.

Risks Of Artificial Intelligence In GPS Navigation Systems

With the increasing popularity of GPS-enabled devices, more and more map information is being stored digitally. This has a number of advantages, including the ability to easily learn about the terrain traversability of a particular area before visiting it, and the ability to more easily find bike lanes and other features of interest.

However, it also means that high quality digital maps are becoming increasingly important.  Although there are artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for GPS systems, these are regarded as weak artificial intelligence solutions.

Optimal route selection can help accelerate computationally intensive tasks by providing navigation systems with the ability to quickly identify the best route. This is especially important for mobile systems, where merging lanes and other obstacles can cause delays.

1. The System May Not Work Properly

Another major problem with regular GPS systems is that they will only work when all updates to the map have been made. So, if you change your way of living and don’t have time or access to get new maps then you won’t be able to utilize the features of your navigational system.

This can also happen if a power outage or other element makes the NAV system malfunction and it doesn’t have time to update its memory for maps.

2. It Can Be Hacked


One of the major risks is that hackers can gain access to your navigation system and change the settings. This was recently confirmed by a group of researchers who hacked an upcoming version of a Tesla Model 3.

They said that it is possible for hackers to remotely control the vehicle. This is something that will happen more often in the future just as it did in 2015 when researchers demonstrated how they could hack into some Toyota vehicles and make them run out of control.

3. It Can Be Exploited By Business Competitors Or Governments

Deep learning and artificial neural networks are two recent examples of stronger techniques being used in artificial intelligence.

Similar to traditional GPS systems, AI-powered navigation systems use data from the cloud and local sensors for their operation. This means that companies and governments can gain access to your personal data.

4. It Can Be Easily Hacked And Compromised By Other Systems

AI-powered navigation systems are constantly communicating with other systems, including the one in your car. This recent case is a perfect example of the ease with which AI-powered navigation systems can be compromised by malware in your car’s computer system.

This is something you need to know to avoid any potential problems and fix issues right away should they arise. So, make sure you keep your NAV system up-to-date too!

5. It Can Lead To Distracted Driving

One of the biggest risks of AI-powered navigation systems is driver distraction. As mentioned earlier, the system is constantly sending you updates on your driving habits and behaviors. This can lead to a new form of distraction, especially for those who often drive long distances for work or school.

6. It Can Be Used To Track You And Your Movements

AI-powered navigation systems are constantly gathering data about where you’ve been and where you’re going. This can be dangerous if hackers get access to this information – they can track your movements, which is something that the government agencies might want to do in the future when they require something like that.

So it’s important that you always keep up-to-date with your NAV system regarding security measures and upgrades to keep it secure against external threats, vulnerabilities and attacks.

7. It Can Be An Invasion Of Privacy

The privacy of your information is one of the biggest concerns regarding AI-powered navigation systems. The system can collect your information and share it with other companies, which may require you to pay them in order to use their services or software products.

This has already happened before with a GPS app that was used as a tool for stalking and monitoring women.

8. It Can Be Used By Hackers

GPS navigation systems choose the best route based on a shortest path algorithm by using map data that has been stored.

AI-powered navigation systems are constantly communicating with other systems, including the server on which maps are uploaded, so this is another potential security risk that needs to be addressed very soon.

Final Note

AI-powered navigation systems are still in the beginning of their development, but they’ve already made a splash in the navigation industry by offering many benefits and advantages to drivers.

Last Updated on October 13, 2022 by Parina Parmar


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