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#2222 of 2355 Re: Heads Up Display [s852]
Mar 03, 2012 (3:12 pm)
Navigation direction and distance are available on the Buick LaCrosse HUD. It works great.
#2223 of 2355 Re: Live traffic [imidazol97]
Mar 05, 2012 (6:58 am)
Can traffic modification after route is planned be turned off?
On Garmin models you basically go to Avoidances and disable Traffic as an avoidance. It will still warn you, but it will not re-route you.
I believe there are 3 different systems that get traffic:
1. As Gary mentioned, an FM station receiver that goes on the power cord, this is the most common, and no monthly fees make it popular.
2. XM traffic. This is delivered via the XM radio service, so you have to subscribe and pay a monthly fee, usually bundled with satellite radio. For whatever reason $17 a month rings a bell, but don't quote me on that.
3. MSN-based. They had a $50 annual fee last time I checked, but the fee also includes gas price information.
Keep in mind that these tend to work in urban areas where such services already exist, and the information itself is a bit delayed, you may find out about a jam 20 minutes or so after it started. I've found that live radio broadcasts are more up-to-date vs the FM traffic.
#2225 of 2355 Re: Live traffic [ateixeira]
Mar 05, 2012 (7:06 am)
Thank you. That is good information.
I know I can look at traffic cameras and see color-coded traffic speeds from Dayton to Columbus online. I assume it's that same source giving that data to the online info that gets to the GPS units.
I understand what you mean there. My thinking is sometimes in strange areas I have no idea what station might give traffic, if any do. And the traffic slowdown info might help avoid long duration accidents in the middle of KY, e.g., on I-65 between Louisville and Nashville. Furthermore, in some areas they give lists of accidents and I would have no idea where Ganglion Rd on I-70 might be.
#2226 of 2355 sometimes you just have to laugh
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 06, 2012 (8:35 pm)
Got company visiting this week and using a new Garmin. First time user.
Somehow, once in the UP, she managed to change the language to Spanish and mute it at the same time. Wound up driving two hours out of her way. And got a speeding ticket to top it off. No map, no phone.
#2227 of 2355 Re: sometimes you just have to laugh [steve_]
Jun 06, 2012 (8:41 pm)
AAA never leave home without their maps. NAVs are fun but less than reliable too many times. Even google maps are not perfect with your Smartphone. Probably the best available.
#2228 of 2355 Re: sometimes you just have to laugh [gagrice]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 07, 2012 (4:14 am)
Then there are those of us who decide Jill is wrong and don't follow the Nav instructions, only to find out that she was right once again.
#2229 of 2355 Re: sometimes you just have to laugh [steve_]
Jun 07, 2012 (4:37 am)
Jill sometimes plans strange routes and doesn't take the best road for driving and speed.
That's why I was curious about the GPSs that plan based on traffic. Some seem to do maps based on patterns of daily traffic but not necessarily on that day.
Others seem to do realtime planning of routes.
#2230 of 2355 Re: sometimes you just have to laugh [steve_]
Jun 07, 2012 (5:46 am)
change the language to Spanish
I'm surprised she didn't end up in Tijuana!
#2231 of 2355 BMW vs. Benz Navi
Jun 07, 2012 (5:52 am)
Had a chance to sample both at a BMW event.
C250 Navi had a small screen, I'll guess 6" but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. Despite the smallish size, it was very sharp, definitely HD. Reminds me of the E class, only the C's screen is definitely smaller. Fonts for the roads are too small, also.
The interface has gotten a lot better over the years, but our test drive was too short to figure out much besides zooming in and out and panning around a bit.
BMW's system was wider and had a split screen on the new 328i, so that you could still see a narrow map if you want to fiddle with the radio. Not as sharp, and still very small fonts, in fact I'd need reading glasses to read street names, but then I'd have trouble seeing the road ahead at high speeds. Doh.
Drove off in the van, which has the 7" Magellan custom mounted, and the screen is bigger than either and a little easier to read to boot.
With Cadillac and Lexus offering 12.3" built-ins, these smallish built in screens seem very dated already.