Thursday, December 24, 2015

Something Better Than Awful

I can't recall ever talking to anyone who defended Toyota's nav systems, other than me. And don't get me wrong, my defense was that resident nav, navigation built into the vehicle, had some advantages over portable units, especially for the driver. But years of mediocrity later, I have to say, I can't even wrap my head around the idea of paying Toyota (or any other manufacturer) some two grand or more to have nav built in. The systems are awful. They're never updated. They can only be adjusted when the car is parked. Overall, they're criminal for what they cost. And one only has to use something like WAZE for a day or two before you realize just how awful grossly overpriced and out of date these car company nav systems are.

And then...
Toyota announced Tuesday that it will unveil a new system of "high-precision" mapping at the Consumer Electronic Show next month. The mapping system will utilize the high-definition digital cameras — in addition to GPS units — embedded in countless numbers of its cars already on the road today.
The video and GPS data gathered will be beamed to Toyota data centers, "where it is automatically pieced together, corrected and updated to generate high precision road maps that cover a wide area," according to the Toyota press release.
I'll be honest with you. I suspect this is far too little too late. I think a lot of people already enjoy a nav app they carry with them everywhere. One that is very likely updated constantly. This app is probably full featured and does things whether or not it happens to be in motion.

So Toyota rolling out a pretty map, well, that's cool. A better map, yes, that's compulsory but much like some of their vehicles, it's already been so far surpassed by other things, one wonders if the new innovation from Toyota is even still relevant.

We'll see come CES.

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