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Jakarta Post

Getting there quicker with GPS

  • Zatni Arbi


Jakarta   /   Mon, March 3 2008   /  12:52 am

A friend and I were in an office building in the Pondok Indah area, South Jakarta, and we were about to leave for the airport. I had just powered up the Global Positioning System (GPS) device I had in my hand. While the device was busy determining our location, I selected our destination from the list of Points of Interest: Cengkareng Airport (Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport). I had to wait for quite some time before the system finally zeroed in on our exact location. Once it knew where we were and where we wanted to go, it began to blow us away. The sleek device I was playing around with this time was Mio C320. It was designed as a car navigation system, although it can easily fit into a shirt pocket. What makes it stand out is its text-to-speech feature, which uses a woman's voice to guide the user turn-by-turn through the confusing maze of...