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If you’re one of the few people that still uses their mind to figure out how to get home, isn’t it about time you caught up with modern technology? Aside from the significant possibility of pedestrian injury, installing a GPS system in your car means that you could theoretically drive home with your eyes closed. And if you consider yourself more safety conscious than that you can still use your fancy new car gadget to help you find a short cut when your regular driving route is full of traffic. Before you get over excited however, and run out and buy one of these novel inventions, there are a few key important things to consider when purchasing one. I will now outline just what those important considerations are.
Of course, one of the most important things to consider when choosing a GPS system is the actual screen.
- When it comes to the size, don’t head out and blindly purchase the largest one that you can afford. GPS systems with large screens are not only much less portable, many of them are too large to safely be attached to a car windshield. You should therefore aim for the smallest screen that both your eyes and your fingers will allow.
- Many GPS systems include anti glare screens which are pretty much essential on sunny days. Some cheaper GPS systems frequently don’t include such screens and should therefore be avoided.
When it comes to maps, there are two things that you need to look for.
- First, you will obviously want a GPS system that includes maps of the areas that you frequently drive through. If you purchase a GPS system online, don’t automatically assume that maps of your area are included.
- Secondly, some GPS manufacturers sell add on maps. If you frequently take your car with you when you go on holiday, you don’t want to purchase a GPS system without this useful feature.
Another important factor to consider when purchasing a GPS system is how it will actually be attached to your car.
- If you want a GPS system that attaches to your windshield, make sure you choose one with a rigid arm. Many GPS systems employ gooseneck arms which lead to the GPS system bouncing at high speeds. As you can imagine, this makes it a lot more difficult to read.
- Another important thing to note about windshield GPS systems is that not all states allow them. It doesn’t matter how small the screen is, if you live in such a state, you will have to stick to the dashboard variety.
Spoken Street Names
In the past, GPS systems never included spoken street names but this has been changing recently and now more and more sound like actual human beings. If you would prefer not to hear things such as “turn left in 1.3 miles”, make sure that you purchase a GPS system capable of pronouncing street names. Not only is the alternative rather irritating, it can also make it very easy to make a wrong turn when there are multiple turns in close succession.
Street Name Prediction
Regardless of how intuitive the touch screen on a GPS system is, typing a full street name while driving is never going to be exactly convenient. Many GPS system manufacturers attempt to get around this problem through predictive entry. A GPS system with predictive entry generally only requires you to type in the first three letters of a street name before it predicts what you are trying to type. Predictive entry is not only convenient, it is also a great safety feature as you end up spending less time looking at the screen.
Real Time Traffic Updates
One feature that can greatly increase the usefulness of a GPS device is real time traffic updates. Such GPS systems can not only tell you which way to go but also recommend whatever route has the least traffic. If this feature appeals to you, it’s important to be aware that some GPS manufacturers expect you to pay a subscription fee to receive the traffic updates. You are better off choosing one of the many manufacturers that provide the updates for free by including onscreen advertisements instead.
Cool Extra Features
Finally, to appeal to those that love gadgetry, many GPS systems now come complete with an interesting selection of additional features.
- Many allow not only MP3 playback, but also video playback. You simply slot in an SD card with your files and press the play button.
- Bluetooth connectivity is also a very popular feature in GPS systems. You can then use the GPS systems screen, speaker and internal microphone to make and receive calls as you drive.
This guest post was written by Chris. He likes to write about car accessories, GPS and driving. He drives a used Ford and can’t go anywhere without a GPS system.
Many of the more recent Chrysler cars come with the option of having a pre-installed navigation device built into the dashboard. There are various pros and cons when opting for this additional extra, but one aspect often over-looked by drivers is that the map software will need to be updated on the system every year. The reason for this is down to the fact that the maps are loaded into the device, rather than being beamed down by satellites (a common misconception).
In order to keep the Chrysler maps up to date, the driver will need to order a new Navteq DVD online, and then load the new database software in via the disc drive in the entertainment console. The new 2012 disc is now available and is compatible with the following Chrysler vehicle models:
- Chrysler 200 (2011 model)
- Chrysler 200 Convertible (2011 model)
- Chrysler 300 (2004 to 2011 models)
- Chrysler Aspen (2004 to 2009 models)
- Chrysler Pacifica (2004 to 2008 models)
- Chrysler Sebring (2004 to 2010 models)
- Chrysler Town & Country (2004 to 2011 models)
Order a New Navteq Navigation DVD Online
But how exactly do you get the new DVD with all the new North American and USA maps on it for your model and year? Well, it’s surprisingly easy and can be done in a number of simple steps as follows:
- Visit the official Chrysler store and navigate to the “Owners” section. Once on this page look for the option to update your Navteq maps and select it at which point you can then click on the “Buy Now” button.
- You are now on the official Navteq online map store, and this gives you the ability to firstly select your Chrysler model from a drop down list, and then subsequently select the year of manufacture.
- A new page will now load in your browser which shows you exactly which Navteq map update you need to purchase – and you can do this by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button on the bottom right hand side of the page.
Installing the New Chrysler Navigation DVD for 2012
The new Chrysler DVD will take around seven working days to arrive, and when it does make sure you do not discard the packaging because this contains the all important customer identification number which you will need when loading the new disc in. Loading the new DVD is also very straight forward, and can be done in the following easy steps.
- Turn the ignition on. This should boot the entertainment console display up. If it does not come on automatically press the large “NAVIGATION” button to enable it.
- Now eject your existing Chrysler navigation DVD which should still be in the disc tray. You can now insert your new 2012 software update which should be recognized by the console.
- A message will appear on the display stating “NAVIGATION MAP UPDATES”. Click “yes” to confirm and the rest will happen by itself with no further need for your input. The whole new map software install can take up to half of an hour so be prepared to be patient during this time.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Make sure you don’t turn the Chrysler GPS navigation system off whilst performing this software update. This has been known to ruin the install process and mean you need to consult a qualified engineer to fix any subsequent issues that could arise.
So as you can see, getting the latest maps into your Chrysler is not actually that hard. The only issue you might consider is whether the initial outlay is worth the money every year. With new map DVDs sometimes costing more than $150 US Dollars they can be expensive, but you should weigh this up against the fact that this is probably less than it would cost to buy a new cheap standalone GPS from Garmin or TomTom.
About the Author:
Bob Simmons is a respected automotive blogger who frequently has his work published online by car and vehicle websites looking for advice on Chrysler GPS navigation. Bob personally drives a Ford F-150 and lives with his wife and two cats. Whilst not maintaining his specialist GPS websites, Bob likes to keep fit with street running and mixed martial arts.
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