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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Audi probably leads in that regard, but honestly I wonder if it's a case of TMI - too much information?
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,781
    I don't like their popup screens. But I remember the detail is good.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,018
    I was hoping the Note 8.0 would be out by the time I go on a trip. I think this will work good for whichever of us is navigating. Using the Verizon Jetpack you can have up to 10 computers at a time. Probably won't need but the one. The Costco package I got is $50 per month for 5 gb of data. Hopefully that will be enough. The Jet pack & $35 hookup was free. The GPS is way faster than the Magellan getting on to the sats. The turn by turn voice is very pleasant. And the voice recognition seems very good. I will give a report when we are out on the road.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,781
    edited April 2013
    I've been keeping track this year with BitMeter OS. Ony used .500 MB today; usually I'm around a gig a day. That's net radio and surfing, but rarely look at any video or download files. Still hard for me to justify the hotspot gizmos although the one month no commitment AT&T plans for iPads could work. Verizon has the best coverage though.

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,018
    the one month no commitment AT&T plans for iPads could work. Verizon has the best coverage though.

    There are some resellers offering month to month unlimited data. The fine print is they slow you way down at some point. And I don't know if any are available on the Verizon 4G LTE network. Can you buy an unlocked iPad and get M2M from Verizon from another seller? Verizon wants about $460 for the iPad mini with only 16GB. If you get max memory it jumps to $660. The full blown iPad full size with Retina is right at a grand.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,781
    edited April 2013
    Crazy prices eh? Don't know enough to speculate on jailbreaking or plans. Republic is attractive but you can't hotspot it. Mr. Money Moustache has a pretty good recent summary of options; he's testing Airvoice.

    Only thing worse are the 2 year locked in subscriptions.

    Well, actually one thing worse is having to pay your dealer $350 for some updated maps and POIs for your in-dash nav, especially when the update is out of date. :sick:

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,018
    Toyota sent me an offer of $450 for the last update done on my model of NAV. It was dated 2009. The one that came with my 2007 Sequoia is dated 2005. Just looking at the Toyota website I see they are offering a 2012 updated DVD for my Sequoia discounted to $162. I may do that as the one I have is nearly useless.

    Only thing worse are the 2 year locked in subscriptions.

    I agree and am having second thoughts on the one I signed. I have 14 days to get out without being tied up for life. Verizon will not sell month to month with the Jetpack type service. And now they are charging $50 for 4 GB. My Costco plan is $50 for 5GB per month. $1200 for two years of go anywhere Internet. Is it worth it? I don't think so. $2400 for 2 years of smartphone access is twice as silly. Americans have too much money.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,018
    That is a good article on MNVOs. I think it is time to switch my wife's AT&T phone to a prepaid service. She does not use it enough to justify the SR rate of $29.95 plus a bunch of taxes.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,781
    edited April 2013
    We just have a flip phone and prepaid service with Page Plus. $10 every three months and the minutes never expire, so long as you recharge the minutes quarterly.

    Got good use out of it a couple of days ago calling for a tow when the minivan died on us, but it's pretty limited for anything other than calls or texts.

    I can usually find wifi except when we camp in those primitive campgrounds we like. But you usually can't get cell service in those spots either so a hotspot wouldn't help.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I remember the maps on my very first Garmin were nearly useless. There was a dramatic improvement around 2008 or so. I think they were v6, v7, then switched to the year at that point, v2008.

    Now it's quarterly, so v2012.30 would be Q3 of 2012, though they come out a bit earlier than that.

    Back in 2005 the maps were awful.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=449&pID=112203

    Anyone get one of these?

    I have a 7" Magellan but it freezes once a week or so and my Garmins are simply better.

    But I'm waiting for a backup cam option on the Garmins. They don't even have a video input for those.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,781
    Well, with a 7" screen you're getting into tablet territory. Get a nav app and you can enjoy a bunch of other bells and whistles away from the car.

    A backup cam would be nice. Wireless cam going to your tablet? And you could do an OBDII thing to track stuff, instead of getting a ScanGauge.

    With all the options, no wonder Garmin is partnering with the automakers.

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,250
    Don't know where to ask this: does anyone know what's a good code scanner. I need want more than a code reader.

    I've looked at Actron 9575 and Actron 9580A. Both read live data.

    Are there others I should look at that are available? How about PC-based setups requiring a laptop for use? The $180 for Actron 9580A is an attractive price range and its suggestions for fixes for codes seems to add to the price more than the value to me, but it can graph and store data. And the 9575 is available around $100.

    What's out there?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,781
    Autel is out there. Starting at $18 + shipping at Amazon. But I don't have a clue if the brand is any good or which model to get.

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  • danjerodanjero Posts: 1
    Well ive got 7" tablet for GPS and it is commonly suits my needs.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,250
    edited June 2013
    >Autel is out there.

    I'm hoping for a step above the basic code readers. I want one that will graph data and store it. It looks to me llike OTC brand is really Actron or parent company using same software, but maybe older and not supported from company.

    I stumbled onto Autel brand in my search: Autel AULAL519 looks about right.

    Reading info sheets from Actron and Innova is like finding engineering info from a car company--they really don't want you to know and instead they just want to advertise to you with catch words.

    Reading reviews of various scanners on Amazon is not helpful because the people know very little about the cars and the technology. Most just picked a scanner by price, color, etc., and either it worked to help by giving a code that led to the failed part or it didn't work.

    I'm hoping for a good lead. And the Autel brand seems to have steady reviews across their products.

    I posted on the GPS topic because it's technology oriented. I was thinking that being technology-oriented folk someone would also understand the auto code scanner market as well.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,781
    edited June 2013
    lol, don't you always by tech stuff by the color and how shiny it is?

    You may want to ask over in the A Mechanic's Life discussion too. Or maybe not. ;)

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,250
    edited June 2013
    >A Mechanic's Life discussion too. Or maybe not.

    Afraid to. I've already been tersely upbraided there, LOL. :sick:
    I'm surprised there isn't a topic here on code readers, scanners, tech tools for car maintenance.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,781
    edited June 2013
    Yeah, good idea. I'll ask Shifty to start one up over in Maintenance & Repair.

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,018
    I'm surprised there isn't a topic here on code readers, scanners, tech tools for car maintenance.

    I am too. Sites for VW TDI talk about their code readers and tech gadgets regularly.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,018
    GPS Leads Woman Onto Railroad Tracks, Minivan Destroyed

    BELMONT, Mass. — A woman and her two children, ages 7 and 10, narrowly escaped serious injury when a train smashed into their minivan after a GPS device led the driver onto MBTA train tracks Tuesday night.

    http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/06/20/GPS-Leads-Woman-Onto-Railroad-Trac- ks-Minivan-Destroyed
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,781
    edited June 2013
    I'm voting user error on that one. Probably was supposed to turn onto a street that parallels the track, and driver wasn't paying attention. Pretty hard to get stuck on tracks while looking where you are going.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,781
    edited June 2013
    One of the family stories I've heard over the years was my father taking a neighbor to Birmingham and managing to turn onto a railroad track thinking it was a street. I'll have to ask for the details again. I think it was getting dark and my old man was known to have a snort now and then.

    Ok, the latest version was him driving his sister back to DC in her car and scaring her to death driving down a railroad track. And going around one of the traffic circles over and over. And he was snockered. Who knows the real version any more....

    I got a Ford Falcon stuck on a railroad track when I was 15. :blush:

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  • marsh0511marsh0511 Posts: 5
    Am I the only one who sometimes likes to NOT hear music or a sports game while driving?? Trying to figure out how to turn off the radio but still hear the navigation directions when they occur. How can I do this? Vehicle is GM - Infotainment system (Enclave/Acadia/Traverse SUVs, 2013).
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,018
    I like music some of the time. My wife likes the silence. That is why a very quiet vehicle if important to us. Good question on shutting off the music. On our Toyota Sequoia the audio system has a separate on/off switch and volume from the NAV.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Now that I have a smart phone with a big enough screen...what Apps for navigation do you guys recommend?

    I'm trying an app called Waze, anyone familiar with it? Jalopnik named is their #1 App for cars. It's the one that does live traffic and police/hazard warnings, and just got bought up by Google.

    Results are mixed - I love the plethora of real-time information, but the volume is low and the maps could be better.

    Phone is a Galaxy S4, though I may swap for a Note 3 when those come out.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,018
    I like the NAV App that came with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. It is tied into Google maps and has road conditions. Though our new car also has a NAV with SiriusXM road conditions. We just made a trip up to Los Angeles and the road condition feature was right on. You can list your trip and it gives the condition of all the roads you will be taking. We re-routed around an accident that had the 405 backed up for miles.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,781
    Garmin is trying to stay relevant in the face of better built-in nav systems and smartphone apps:

    Head-Up Display

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