So much of what we do can connect to social media, and GPS navigation is now included in that category too, as Navman finds a way to make social media work when you’re driving with a GPS running on a not-quite-phone.

You already have a phone, and like so many Australians, it’s probably a smartphone, which can run a GPS navigation app if need be.

But not everyone relies on these apps, and so the car-based GPS models are still quite relied on by Australians, with hundreds of thousands of units still being moved and sold annually.

This year, Navman plans to add to its range with its first “SmartGPS,” a device that takes its mapping and route suggesting functionality, and adds a more social aspect to it, downloading information over WiFi when in range of a wireless network from social services such as Yelp and FourSquare, and then providing you with information about places you might be driving to or around from those services.

“Not since the origin launch of the first GPS device, have we seen such a major step-change in technology,” said Wendy Hammond, Navman’s Country Director for Australia.

“We know people are using the internet every day to search for information regarding a location or destination. They are also using their smartphones and tablets on the go. However, after the search, the rest of the experience is not great. We’ve introduced the SmartGPS to marry these everyday behaviours with quality navigation from a dedicated GPS device.”

Information provided to you might include petrol prices, or where mobile speed cameras are, or even special offers at restaurants, with recommendations and reviews about places also taken from the Yelp and FourSquare social platforms for consideration of what’s around you.