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Navigation GPS Systems



  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    edited June 2012
    That reminds me - she got a Nuvi 2525 with a 5 inch screen and thinks the screen is too small. Found it a bit hard to read.

    Not sure why she bothered in the first place. She's moving back to the Alaska Bush soon and she's sure not going to be able to get much use out of it there. Probably will come in handy for trips in pedestrian mode when she gets Outside for vacations.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Haven't shopped in a big do the Garmins get nowadays? Can you get a 7" one? Do they have an input for a backup cam?

    When I looked the 7" screens they sold didn't even have batteries. They were for big rigs, for permanent mounts.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    Looks like 5" is the biggest Garmin makes for automobiles and they have no backup camera input.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah, I was just browsing their site.

    Not much new since my 1490LMT model. Just some thinner ones, and HD radio traffic (I think?). Also some take voice commands now.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    Anyone using this or something similar?


    Looks like maps with real time updates, no more dead ends, real time cops and accidents and a gas finder rolled into one.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,679
    Must be tied to Google maps program. It looks like a useful tool. Though will it cause more accidents with people fiddling with their Smartphone while driving?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    Augmented reality windshields are going to fix that problem. :) (WSJ link)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think it's a great idea.

    Dash tried this but didn't get enough buy-in from people.

    The fact that this works on Apple or Android should help it a lot.

    Too bad I'm stuck with BlackBerry (required for work).
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Some people will see that female in the windshield and then slam on the brakes and get rear ended. :D
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    "That $3,000 navigation system in your new car's dashboard "is most likely going to be outdated in three years," Green says. He estimates that a $2,500-$3,000 navigation system on a 2013 model car will lose most of its value and add no more than $300 to its resale value in three years when compared to a 2013 base model."

    How To Buy a Low-Tech Car
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,914
    Yeah, special order that new E-class with no nav (it can be done), just plan to keep it for the rest of your life, as you'll never be able to sell it. Although the option depreciates along with the car, it is expected in some classes of vehicle, and is a resale destroyer if lacking.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    At least pricing has come down to earth.

    I remember Subaru wanted $2200 for the Navi on my wife's Forester. For a smallish screen with no backup cam.

    Today the options costs less than half ($1000) and includes a backup cam.

    So getting $300 back for it is fine now. Residuals on a 3 year lease are around 52% or so, so if the Navi gets 30% back that's close enough.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    I splurged on my Garmin and got another memory card for it (~$12). Now I'm overloaded with POIs for campgrounds and truck stops and pit stops and roadside attractions.

    Can you put POI files in a factory nav?

    (Oh, something must be dicey at Garmin - their warranty claims have exploded recently per Warranty Week - claims are up +584% as a percentage of sales over a year ago).
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,679
    If your NAV has web access like the BMW you can use Google maps and be up to date. I would say that is the direction the OEMs need to go. When you buy an updated DVD for Toyota NAV it is already 3 years behind. Talk about worthless NAV units. I have just about talked myself into a JetPack on Verizon. Then buy a good WiFi tablet with GPS capability. $50 a month vs $100 plus for a smart phone.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    POI files are neat - I used one for speed traps and programmed mine to beep every time I approached to warn me.

    Funny thing is, there are so many it was beeping all the time!

    But yeah, the portables give you more control over stuff like that.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Dad has a 200 convertible, and the UConnect system in there has won all sorts of awards.

    I just updated his and it still doesn't have he ICC here in MD, a year later. Disappointing since he lives right off the exit, so he's basically off the map all the time.

    I think the latest Garmin update finally has the whole ICC. Magellan's from last quarter only had the early phases, not the whole thing.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,679
    Maybe people are seeing that it is the end of the road for these devices and trying to get their money back with shaky warranty claims. Look at Apple, they paid out over $2 billion in warranty claims last year.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    edited March 2013
    Yeah, but what if I just want the nav to beep whenever I'm within two miles of any Harbor Freight?

    A portable GPS can do that. :shades:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    FWIW Apple maps sucks. Really, it just blows.

    Sorry, just had to say it.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,679
    Is Google maps up to speed on your roads? They do pretty well around here. I would think down loading Google maps automatically as you travel would be best. Hopefully whichever diesel SUV I get will have a good OEM. I don't think many are available without NAV.
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