A Motorist’s Nightmare…In-Dash Navigation

From the tight streets of Paris to the expansive highways of California’s coast the fact is clear: being a motorist is tough business.

And while practice does make perfect (or at least in theory), no matter how many times you successfully avoid fearless  squirrel s or parallel park, nothing can prepare you from the perils of in-dash navigation.

Now granted, generally speaking in-dash navigation is a great tool to have, (if not only for the fact that you can say your car is fully-loaded), given that almost every motorist would concur that knowing where you are going generally helps.

However, as it currently stands in-dash navigation seems to leave a lot to be desired.

First off, while in-dash navigation provides map data right from your dashboard, it is not always accurate. For example, despite providing solid map data at the time of purchase, things change, and as result, these in-dash mapping resources (which are typically loaded with pre-installed, static map data) require continuous updates (at accrued costs well beyond that of comparable apps :)). Furthermore, user’s can generally not access the maps while the car is moving. This, of course, is great from a safety perspective, but can be problematic should you need a passenger to adjust routing information.

With that said, car manufacturers are well aware their maps game is in need of a little work, and as such have already enlisted the help of some seasoned cartographers. For example, Toyota recently announced the integration of Nokia Maps into their European vehicles, with BMW and Mercedes (among others) also receiving Nokia Maps data for use in their vehicles as well (now that is some high-brow mapping;)).

So have no fear motorists, maps are here. And car manufactures leave the whole mapping thing to us (after all, we’re not ready to unveil our version of the Prius just yet ;)).