The advancements in GPS technology have surpassed all expectations over the past 10 years. With these developments, effective forms of GPS navigation should be accessible to all drivers.
However, this is not necessarily the case for paramedics within the New York City Fire Department. The GPS systems installed in their vehicles are for tracking purposes so dispatchers can locate the closest vehicle during an emergency. As a result of the tracking, the average response time has improved by 26 seconds. Although dispatchers use GPS tracking, the paramedics do not have access to any directional guidance or navigation in their ambulances.
In the future, response times can be reduced even more with a GPS navigation device. After dispatchers target the closest vehicle, a GPS can direct the drivers along the shortest route. Also, the GPS can suggest routes depending on traffic and updated maps.
Despite the benefits, the City of New York does not have any current plans for improving the system. Yet, with the popularity of GPS devices and the convenience of updated maps, the city may soon reconsider.