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GPS With No Map Updates?


A paragraph from this press release caught my eye.

Unlike other GPS units, [this GPS] has the ability to update maps on-line by connecting the unit to a PC using the mini USB cable provided. Through this configuration, the user is able to download maps and map updates

While a few GPS companies have come and gone leaving users high and dry with regards to map updates, I can’t think of any other mainstream GPS devices that are not able to have their maps updated. So I’m surprised this is touted as a major feature.

6 Responses

  1. I went to the website and the features sound too good to be true for the 500 model. They will correct map problems within 45 days of you reporting them! Where are they getting their map data? See if you can get a evaluation product Tim.

    Marc - May 12th, 2010
    • They are using a map from ALK Technologies. (The same people behind the CoPilot iPhone nav app.) I’ve tried to use the CoPilot app quite a few times in Maine, Concord NH, and Los Angeles and found just too many map errors to rely on the routing. It was really bad here in the Northeast where over the course of a week or so I don’t think I ever created a route that didn’t yield at least one major map error.

      Tim - May 12th, 2010
  2. The release is over a year old. Map updates have been provided for years, but at the time they made the statement were they doing something a little different?

    George - May 13th, 2010
    • I don’t dispute the date listed at the top of the press release, but I think it is a typo for a couple of reasons. First, I found out about it from an email that was sent to me by their PR people within the past couple of weeks. Second, note the date at the bottom where it says the product will be available in May 2010… They wouldn’t put out a press release 13 months in advance.

      Tim - May 13th, 2010
  3. I missed the mention of the May 2010 date, so I see what you mean. Other than your experience with the map data, do you know much about this company and their devices? Sounds like a lot of GPS for the money. Too bad it doesn’t have traffic, or at least I didn’t see it mentioned.

    George - May 13th, 2010
    • I haven’t yet taken one of these PNDs for a spin on the road.

      Tim - May 13th, 2010

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