By cjsasaki on Dec 19, 2007
I've been fascinated with navigation systems ever since I had one that came with my car in 1999. Even though my car has a built in system, for fun, I purchased a TomTom GO920 to see what the experience difference is. Needless to say, there are an amazing set of bells and whistles on the TomTom including over the air traffic information (finally), help (the kind you need when you are stranded), even control of your iPod. The best part of the system though is it connects up to a backend TomTom service that provides map updates, sharing of "wrong" or updated user generated fixes, etc. Why can't the integrated car navigation systems utilize Bluetooth connection to your PC or mobile phone to more easily tap into new service offerings?
I updated my in car map just six months ago, yet the database was already 2 years old? Huh? Not the least that it cost over $300. Sigh. Why can't in car systems be an open platform for more applications - with wireless connectivity, cheap flash memory cards that are huge, etc. It would also be nice to be able to pick other map vendors. Can't believe my "upgrade" doesn't find Frys Electronics. The TomTom does.... geez. What is a geek to do...
No, I won't be using both navigation systems in the same car, that would be ultra weird. I'll use the portable one when I travel and yes, it has Europe in flash already- way cool. I'll just have to set the voice different for full effect.