Drivers who have cars with a built-in GPS still use their phone for directions

saor

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And many of those units have displays that are terrible to interact with.
 

cozinsky

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I used to have a BMW with built in GPS. The system's POI's were pretty useless - it could not even found the local vehicle licensing office. Which is a pity because it integrated well with the car. When I bought my new Golf, I made sure not to take a GPS with it. GPS in vehicles are not only lousy, they are exorbitantly expensive. Why pay R25 000 GPS when a standalone GPS costs only R2000? It is nothing but a money making racket.
 

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Updating the maps on a cars built-in GPS is just ridiculously expensive. It is most times cheaper to buy a top of the line TomTom/Garmin for less than the update DVD/CD.
 

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I was upgrading a friend tomtom last week, then drove to joburg using the tomtom, then when I got lost, use google maps to get out of there.switch the tomtom off.
 

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My TomTom has live traffic (which is usable when tethered to my phone), and free lifetime updates. Still provides much better peak traffic navigation then google maps.

For instance, both devices will show a red line for traffic over the next 2 blocks, only the tom tom will take me down the street parallel to the heavy traffic and the google maps traffic will tell me to wait out the 4 minute delay.
 

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How hard is it to build a headunit with android capabilities? That takes a sim or has wifi so i can tether it to my phone? Google maps/Waze on a built in head unit would be fantastic.
 

Oculate

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My car utilizes the 'BringGo' GPS system, needless to say I had it installed for fully a day before I deleted that rubbish and continue to use GoogleMaps Navigation for my GPS requirements

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gogo3.enoa&hl=en

Run of the mill basic GPS system... hang on, in-app purchases?

IN-APP PURCHASES
1. Premium Navigation (USD 49.99)*
Lifetime use of the navigation app and access to software updates. Please note that map updates are not available with this in-app purchase option.

2. Premium Navigation with Map Updates (USD 59.99)*
Lifetime use of the navigation app and access to software updates. Annual map updates are available in years 2 and 3.
$50 for premium access
$60 for actual updated premium access

Well what does Premium do then?

PREMIUM NAVIGATION FEATURES
• Turn-by-turn voice directions
• Find Places: millions of onboard POIs plus Internet Search
• Lane Guidance to show you the correct lane to be in
• Realistic Signpost Display
• Map data from HERE (formerly known as NAVTEQ) onboard
• Text-To-Speech voice guidance (speaks street names)
• Auto re-routing
• Multiple routing options; faster time, shorter distance, ECO route
• Search by Address, Point on Map, postal code and more
• POI Search
• Save and edit favorites locations
• Recent destinations list
• Auto zooming map
• Fuel cost calculator
• Route summary for trip information
• Speed Limit warning
• Current Location information
<half of these premium features barely function/aren't available in SA regardless>

All this software does is push the navigation data (displayed at my phone at all times burning through my mobile data) to the LED console screen via bluetooth/USB.

Phone loses signal = App freezes on both displays, hard reboot of the phone, restart the console system to reset the phone connection... all while you're stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, lost in the middle of who-knows-where :p

One of the comments on the playstore sums it up perfectly

Needs to be free with vehicle I pay almost 300k for my car then need.to buy the app wtf?
 

LazyLion

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My TomTom has live traffic (which is usable when tethered to my phone), and free lifetime updates. Still provides much better peak traffic navigation then google maps.

For instance, both devices will show a red line for traffic over the next 2 blocks, only the tom tom will take me down the street parallel to the heavy traffic and the google maps traffic will tell me to wait out the 4 minute delay.
My Google Maps offers me several alternative routes. Are you sure you are using it correctly?
 

krycor

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It's hard to beat Google Maps/Waze beside the fact that the marketing, cost of innovation & equipment (the tech needs to withstand harsh environment compared to your phone), etc leave little for the software dev part of the equation let alone the cpu on these things are nothing compared to whats in your phone.

Personally I'm of the opinion that cars need only allow iOS/Android a framework(carplay's need to integrate well) to utilize displays(hud, console etc), speakers, cellular antennae booster etc.. anything beyond that is a waste of money but thats just me. Basically car manufactturers went the windows route and found lacking
 

Bighit

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My Google Maps offers me several alternative routes. Are you sure you are using it correctly?
Yes, if you have like 30km left on your route, it does that, but not if you have 800 meters left.

Eventually, I do think that Google Maps will overtake TomTom and they're almost there, but TomTom are specialists at Navigation. Just like FNB are specialists at banking, but not Cellphone networks.
 

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You'd think cars would now just come with head units where you can dock your phone.
I don't use my cd player, I barely use the radio, what I do use is my phone tethered to the car and playing Google music, podcasts, audio books etc
 

Jola

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My latest Garmin GPS has lifetime traffic, and lifetime maps, as well as lane assist and some other features.

IMO this still works pretty well, but the in-car systems are obsolete when you get them, and map updates are very expensive.

Google maps is useful when you have cellphone reception, but often leaves you in the lurch. It's ok in town.
 

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My latest Garmin GPS has lifetime traffic, and lifetime maps, as well as lane assist and some other features.

IMO this still works pretty well, but the in-car systems are obsolete when you get them, and map updates are very expensive.

Google maps is useful when you have cellphone reception, but often leaves you in the lurch. It's ok in town.
Google maps has an offline ability, so dont think this is accurate. Just the traffic info will be missing in this instance
 

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How hard is it to build a headunit with android capabilities? That takes a sim or has wifi so i can tether it to my phone? Google maps/Waze on a built in head unit would be fantastic.
They already exist. Just search Ebay or AlieXpress for car+radio+android. usually gets you what you need.
 

Jola

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Google maps has an offline ability, so dont think this is accurate. Just the traffic info will be missing in this instance
Haven't found that to work very well, Google Maps is essentially useless outside reception areas. If you are in the middle of nowhere Garmin is still better, especially if you have Tracks-for-Africa maps loaded.

But I often use Google Maps and Garmin at the same time, especially in town, it's about 50:50, sometime one is better, and sometimes the other.

Google Maps has done some weird shyte to me, and gotten me into trouble sometimes, to the extent that on a recent visit to the USA, I went out and bought a proper Garmin GPS, I just couldn't trust Google Maps.

The Garmin took me 5000km without a hitch. Also lifetime maps and traffic, so it was up to date.

Note : What I will say, however, is that I will never buy a GPS without lifetime maps again, the out-of-date map thing just doesn't work. Even the old Garmap once-a-year thing was a disaster, never found the GPS's to work properly again after one of those updates, was just a waste of money.

Edit : Oh, and I also use Sygic on my phone, that has offline maps for navigation when there is no reception.

So I use whatever works best in a particular situation :

Garmin/T4A, Google Maps or Sygic.
 
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The_Librarian

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fnarh fnarh fnarh

more than one GPS utility on my 'droid - if one doesn't find place X, then I use the other one (google maps, nokia HERE and free tomtom)

don't see why I have to pay $$$ for a tomtom licence when I'm not going to use it every day.
 

Pho3nix

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You'd think cars would now just come with head units where you can dock your phone.
I don't use my cd player, I barely use the radio, what I do use is my phone tethered to the car and playing Google music, podcasts, audio books etc
There was a HU like that by Sony. Discontinued.
 
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