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Old 09-13-2014, 07:55 AM
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So my wife ordered the GPS and we noticed that some newer roads and bridges are not on there. We called the GPS people and they suggested we do an update, which is $169. Now I kinda wish we never bought it. Does anyone know how long it takes new roads to show up on GPS.


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Old 09-13-2014, 08:03 AM
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So my wife ordered the GPS and we noticed that some newer roads and bridges are not on there. We called the GPS people and they suggested we do an update, which is $169. Now I kinda wish we never bought it. Does anyone know how long it takes new roads to show up on GPS.


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Depends what brand ,but from trying out most of the good brands over the years they always ask you to buy the updates that's how they make money ,not to mention when they do update it's still out of date |:-( .. You can't win with most GPS units but this is just my experience over the years maybe someone else differs my opinion .


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Old 09-13-2014, 03:17 PM
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That's what I figured. We'll probably update it in a year or so.


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Old 09-14-2014, 08:04 PM
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Updating the GPS maps is a long process starting at the local community level. In the states, the local governments update their respective county maps. These updated maps are then sent to the respective state government office for updating. Updating state maps can take up to a year. Once the state maps are updated there is no telling how long it takes the GPS companies to get the new data and plug it into their systems. I have seen where one GPS company may have update, but others not pickup on the updates.

I've purchased the update from Chrysler and have been pleased.
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Old 09-27-2014, 05:42 PM
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Thanks Traveler0980. I was wondering what the timeline was between finishing a road and getting it onto GPS. I'll update next year. The system is pretty cool. We take some longer road trips.


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I have a couple of Garmin's and also a factory Nav unit in my '09 Challenger R/T. The Garmin's have lifetime map updates. We had a major new road open around here (Rt. 202 Parkway in SE PA) and it was about a year before the highway showed up on the Garmin map updates. Later on I bought a $100 Garmin map set (on disc) for a handheld GPS unit and that road wasn't on it. Annoying.

It's interesting that they want more money for a map update to the factory units than a brand new Garmin GPS with lifetime updates would cost. That's why I never updated the maps on my Challenger's Nav unit, which currently costs $150.

Someone is making a lot of money on map updates.
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Updating a Garmin unit is straight forward for Garmin, but to make the update compatible for the different factory systems is like upgrading your android phone. Android cell phone firmware update has to be compatible with the different carriers and the various cell phone manufactures, just as a map update has to be compatible with the different car nav systems.

Just my $.02 worth and I'll continue to purchase the factory update.

As a side note I don't think it will be too many years in the future that in car nav systems will follow the path of the CD player. We will be using the interface of our phones to the info system.
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Traveler said: <<Update has to be compatible with the different carriers and the various cell phone manufactures. >>

I'm not sure why a map update would have anything to do with cell phone carriers. A firmware upgrade probably would but that's a different (and free, if you DYI) process than a map update.
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Any more I just use the sat-nav in my cell phone. Uses on line maps which are continualy updated (even tells me about construction and traffic problems).

Have a mount for it in each car and provides handsfree phone as well (UConnect in Jeep and built into the Clarions I put in other cars.

All I want from the car is the amp, speakers, and a handsfree mike. Would be nice to have a linked 7 or 8" display but those standards have not settled out the way Blue Tooth has.

Point is that having several cars, I don't want the car to remember me, I want my smart phone to tell it who I am.

Having around 500 albums on an SD card plus an engine diagnostics app is nice. Can switch contexts easily.

Last year I thought I needed a Windows tablet to do everything, now is just my phone and it is a few years out of date.

And it links to my wriswatch. Nothing new.
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Traveler said: <<Update has to be compatible with the different carriers and the various cell phone manufactures. >>

I'm not sure why a map update would have anything to do with cell phone carriers. A firmware upgrade probably would but that's a different (and free, if you DYI) process than a map update.
I was trying to illustrate that a Nav update is similar to a firmware phone update in that there are a lot of different things to take into account before it can be implemented.
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