Types Of Navigation And Which Are Best

types of navigation

Navigation systems have changed significantly over the last several years. In this article we are going to discuss some of the newer and better navigation systems and compare them with the conventional types of navigation systems such as the standard system, voice recognition, and the touch screen or gesture control systems.

Gyro Compass

Gyro Compas

A gyro compass is a small, circular device with a magnetized needle that pivots around a vertical axis. It has two small dials on the top which show north and east. The bottom of the compass has a third dial which shows the direction of true north.

The needle always points to the magnetic North Pole, but it will point to the geographic North Pole only if the device is level. When you are standing on a flat surface, the needle will point to the geographic North Pole. However, if you are standing on a slope, the needle will point to the magnetic North Pole. Thus, a gyro compass can be used as a level or as an inclinometer.


Radar navigation

A radar navigation system is an electronic device that displays a digital map on a screen. It allows you to see your current location on the map and shows you the direction you need to go to reach your destination.

With this type of navigation system, you don’t have to be concerned about getting lost. The system will tell you how to get from one place to another, even if that means traveling down a different road or taking a different route. It can also tell you how long it will take to get from one place to another.

Magnetic Compass

Magnetic Compass

A magnetic compass is a great tool to have around the house for determining which way north is. It’s very simple to use and it will work in almost any location. You just need to find a north-seeking pole (like a steel rod that has been magnetized) and then align the needle of the compass with the north-seeking pole.

You can also use a magnetic compass to find the north-seeking pole of an object like a refrigerator. Simply hold the compass over the refrigerator and watch the needle swing to point directly at the north-seeking pole of the fridge.


Automatic radar plotting aid (ARPA)

An automatic radar plotting aid is an electronic device that you mount on your vehicle. It has a radar-like antenna that is constantly sweeping the area in front of your vehicle. When it detects an object that may be a vehicle that needs to be monitored, it alerts you by beeping. You then have the option of activating the radar plotter’s flashing lights to get the attention of the other driver. This type of device may not be legal in all states. Check with your local laws before you buy one.

Automatic Tracking Aid

Automatic Tracking Aid

An automatic tracking aid is a device you attach to the back of your vehicle that keeps track of it as it travels. This device emits a radio signal that is picked up by a satellite which sends a signal back to a receiver attached to the vehicle. The satellite then calculates the location of the vehicle and displays it on a map.

There are a number of different types of automatic tracking devices on the market. Some of them are very basic and will only give you your current location. Others have a great deal more functionality and will tell you where you have been and where you are going. These types of devices are very useful for people who need to keep track of their vehicles and are being driven by others or who are using the vehicle for business purposes.

Speed & Distance Log Device

Speed & Distance Log Device

This is a simple tool that will help you become a better driver. The device attaches to your steering wheel and measures your speed and distance traveled. It then stores this information in a log book that you can review at your leisure. This will give you a chance to analyze your driving habits and see where you need to improve.

Echo Sounder

Echo Sounder

An echo sounder is an electronic device used to find the presence of fish by sending out pulses of sound into the water. If there are any fish in the area, the sound waves will be reflected back to the source (the echo sounder) and a needle will move across a faceplate. As the needle moves across the faceplate, it traces out a graph of the contour of the bottom of the lake or body of water being surveyed.

An echo sounder is very important for any angler who is looking for a specific type of fish. It can help you locate the spot where the fish are feeding or spawning. This is especially true for sport fishing because it can help you locate the exact spots where the fish are biting or feeding.

Electronic Chart Display Information System

Electronic Chart Display Information System

An electronic chart display information system (EDDIS) is a navigation aid that displays a map with a line showing the route you are driving. It also has a digital readout of your current speed and distance traveled. The EEDIS will also show you the next turn you need to make. This type of system can be mounted in the windshield or in the dashboard of your vehicle. Some even have a large screen and can be mounted in a trailer or on a boat.

EDDIS’s are great for people who drive a lot and need to keep track of where they are and how far they have to go. They can also be useful for recreational users like truckers and RVers. They are especially helpful for long-haul truckers who may be away from home for weeks or months at a time.

EDDIS’s usually have an adjustable steering wheel control which lets you zoom in and out of the map, and adjust the size of the digital readouts. You can also scroll up and down the list of upcoming turns.

Automatic Identification system

Automatic Identification system

An AIS is an automated data collection and processing system used to track vehicles and their drivers. The system is based on a network of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags attached to vehicles. Each tag contains a unique number which is registered to that vehicle. 

When the vehicle enters a particular zone, the RFID tag is interrogated. That causes a signal to be sent to a computer which then reads the ID number. The computer looks up the information in a database which is updated every few minutes.

When a vehicle leaves a zone, the same process is repeated. All of this is done without any action from the driver. An AIS can tell you when a vehicle has been stolen, when it has been involved in a traffic accident, and can even tell you if the driver has a valid license and insurance. You can find out all kinds of other information by looking it up in a database.

Rudder Angle Indicator

Rudder Angle Indicator

A rudder angle indicator is an instrument that lets you know when your boat is turning too sharply. This causes the water under the hull to create a force that tends to push the stern of the boat away from the direction of turn. 

When this happens, the stern of the boat lifts up out of the water and creates a sharp rise in the surface of the water called a “S” wave. The sharper the turn, the taller and steeper the “S” waves will be.

If the boat is not turned far enough or not turned at all, there will be no rise in the water and the “S” waves will be flat or even lower than the surface of the water. In this case, the stern of the boat will dip down into the water and create a sharp fall in the surface of the water called a “C” wave. The shallower the drop, the sharper the turn.

Voyage Data Recorder

Voyage Data Recorder

A Voyage data recorder is a small, portable device that you attach to the outside of your boat. It collects a wide variety of information about your boat and your use of it. This data is stored on a microchip and can be downloaded into a computer at any time. 

The information collected includes the make, model, serial number and condition of your boat; how much fuel you put in it; the date you bought it; how many hours you’ve put on it; the type of engine you have; how many miles you’ve put on it; and so forth.

This type of device is a must for anyone who owns a boat and uses it for more than just a weekend trip to the lake. It will help you keep tabs on the condition of your boat and will give you a lot of useful information about it. You can find out what kind of maintenance your boat needs and you can discover problems before they become major ones!

Rate of turn indicator

rate of turn indicator

A rate of turn indicator (RTO) is a device that indicates how fast you are turning a wheel or other device that turns. It does this by means of an arrow that points to the right or left indicating which direction you are turning. The faster you turn, the more quickly the arrow will move.

An RTO is a must for any driver who drives a car with a steering wheel. It is also a must for any driver who drives a car with a car computer. This is because the car computer uses the speed at which you are turning the wheel to calculate the degree of turn you are making. 

If you don’t have an RTO, then your car computer will think you are turning much slower than you actually are. This can cause your car computer to issue a warning light or an alarm. It can also cause your car to under-steer or over-steer. Either way, it can be dangerous and may even cause an accident.

GPS Receiver

GPS Receiver

A GPS receiver is a small, handy device that you attach to the dashboard of your vehicle. It has a small screen that displays a map with tiny flags showing you where you are and where you are going. You can manipulate the map by zooming in and out or by rotating it. You can also display a list of directions from wherever you are to wherever you want to go.

GPS receivers are indispensable for any kind of serious outdoor activity. Whether you are hiking, biking, running, or driving somewhere, having this little gadget on your dashboard will ensure that you don’t get lost. Plus, you’ll always know where the closest gas station or hospital is!

Navigational Lights

Navigational Lights

These are lights that are used to help you see where you are going when you are driving at night. They are usually red and white, but there are others that flash blue or yellow. There are also some that have a green lens over them so you know what you are looking at is a light and not just a dark spot in the road.

Ship Whistle


A ship whistle is a simple device used to signal the approach of a ship. It consists of a flexible metal tube attached to a wheel or handle. Pulling the tube tight causes a note to be emitted. The pitch of the note can be adjusted by turning the wheel or twisting the handle.

These whistles were very common on whaling ships in the 19th century. Nowadays, they are used primarily by maritime pilots and fishermen.


What is navigation used for?

Navigation is used to determine a position on the earth’s surface. 

For example, let’s say you are an astronaut floating in space far away from home. You don’t know exactly where you are but you do know you are somewhere above the planet Earth. So, you navigate to find out exactly where you are. Let’s say you are on a boat and you don’t know exactly where you are in relation to land.

Which device is used for navigation?

You might use a map or a compass or a GPS. As you are navigating, you are collecting information about the environment. You are using your senses, you are using your awareness to collect information.

What is the most effective method of navigation in aircraft?

The most effective method of navigation is using a combination of navigation aids, dead reckoning and pilotage. There is a hierarchy of navigation aids in the order of importance. GPS is the primary navigation aid. is the primary navigation aid.


Navigation systems help you find your destination even if you don’t know the exact address. There are many different kinds of navigation systems. We have explained the most common ones here. Hope that by reading this article, you will be able to select the navigation system that is best for you.

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