$150 for a map update, when Google Maps updates all the time, for free, makes me just as happy I didn't order Nav.
This is especially true for 2016+ where CarPlay/Android Auto are standard. Not going to lie, once Waze releases support, I may shell out the $1200 to have it integrated.$150 for a map update, when Google Maps updates all the time, for free, makes me just as happy I didn't order Nav.
Given it's just a map update, I'm guessing that totally depends on whether you hit holes in the map regularly. I live in an area that is a big empty spot so I'm mulling over buying the update.Interested to read your evaluation CharlieJ (or anyone who has done it) of the update's value once you have done it.
I just look at it along the same lines as OnStar. There are plenty of ways to get the same service for significantly cheaper or free. The days of expensive map updates or paying for connected vehicle services are numbered. Just depends how much longer the market will put up with the high prices.Garmin updates used to cost $$$, but are now free online.
Does the 2017 map update look different thank the 2016?I was notified last week that there was an map update available. I ordered it ($149.79 w/tax) and the thumb drive arrived today. Note that the thumb drive is VIN specific.
The instructions are to remove any devices plugged into an Infotainment USB port, turn on your engine (Accessory Mode will not work), plug the update thumb drive into a port and let the thumb drive update the system. This will take approximately 90 minutes! Just saying.
Plan on doing the upgrade when we leave St. Pete, FL for NCM to attend the R8C Reunion. Will have lots of 90 minute periods to accomplish.:wink-new:
Do you notice any changes or enhancements at all now that you have done the update?I did the update on my 2014 and my map looks the same.
We use waze also and now the nav matches that a lot more closely. We still use waze at the same time though.Do you notice any changes or enhancements at all now that you have done the update?
The OnStar nav is a separate plan + if the address isn't in your map (like my home) then they can't program it since your car doesn't know where to go.If Onstar sets the navigation, why would the upgrade be necessary?
I just call Onstar and give them the address and they program it for me. I have no sense of direction!!
Well it's not really free. You are paying for it with your cell service, and everything you buy that is in any way advertised. Just like you are paying for the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA... and any number of other sports.A while back we were involved with the post that described how to utilize your Garmin in the info screen compartment.
It was for that reason I decided not to order the nav system on the GS.
Now, I'm not that computer savvy, so imagine my surprise and joy when Kenny G at MacMulkin hooked up the Apple Play in the GS so I could make the navigation apps in my iPhone 6 appear on info screen.
And it's all free.
Well google maps is not 'free' you do pay for data. I have a 20gb family plan and used my iphone and google maps for routing a two day trip. It used almost 1gb of data and there were plenty of places where I got no service and could not get any maps to show up at all. It was frustrating when I needed to look at the map and had no service. This was in Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin areas.$150 for a map update, when Google Maps updates all the time, for free, makes me just as happy I didn't order Nav.
I'm glad I still have unlimited data. For a no data solution, that will work everywhere, even if you have no data, look at the Here We Go mapping app (it used to be just "Here."). You can download maps, an entire state a a time, to your phone's memory or SD card, and then it works just like a standalone GPS: no data connection needed. Or, as you say, a Garmin. But so far the only place I've driven with no service was in the wilds of West Virginia. Even in the middle of nowhere in Texas I was able to use Google Maps.Well google maps is not 'free' you do pay for data. I have a 20gb family plan and used my iphone and google maps for routing a two day trip. It used almost 1gb of data and there were plenty of places where I got no service and could not get any maps to show up at all. It was frustrating when I needed to look at the map and had no service. This was in Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin areas.
There are good and bad with both sides to this, and since I wanted PDR, I got the Nav with it. I don't mind the Nav in this car at all. I prefer my Garmin, but I'm not about to hook up a Garmin when the built in Nav does good enough for me. I will always prefer a built in solution over using my phone for anything in the car.