What would your dream GPS look like?

 

Just something to ponder.....I remember a few years ago a friend of mine designed GPS' We were telling him that GPS' should have this and that (BLUETOOTH to SD Card to MP3 Players). Sure enough it's standard now.

So what would you add to new GPS'?

What would I add ...

RunningRiot wrote:

Just something to ponder.....I remember a few years ago a friend of mine designed GPS' We were telling him that GPS' should have this and that (BLUETOOTH to SD Card to MP3 Players). Sure enough it's standard now.

So what would you add to new GPS'?

How about a DWIM - Do What I Mean?

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RunningRiot wrote:

Just something to ponder.....I remember a few years ago a friend of mine designed GPS' We were telling him that GPS' should have this and that (BLUETOOTH to SD Card to MP3 Players). Sure enough it's standard now.

So what would you add to new GPS'?

read a road atlas on the fly smile

The Missus might, of course, disagree smile

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Integrated into a car's dashboard

It would snap on to the dashboard of my car and integrate into the car's power and stereo system, and be locked in place by the key.

When I turn off the car I would have five minutes to pop it out of it's holder our until the door is opened. Otherwise it would be locked in place like an in dash unit.

If I left it in the dash, it would power up with the vehicle like the radio does. Out of the vehicle it would work like my Nuvi.

That's what I would add to new GPS'.

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Eclipse offers new in-dash nav with built in Removable TomTom

plemirande wrote:

It would snap on to the dashboard of my car and integrate into the car's power and stereo system, and be locked in place by the key.

When I turn off the car I would have five minutes to pop it out of it's holder our until the door is opened. Otherwise it would be locked in place like an in dash unit.

If I left it in the dash, it would power up with the vehicle like the radio does. Out of the vehicle it would work like my Nuvi.

That's what I would add to new GPS'.

This sounds pretty close to what you were asking for from Eclipse an all-in-one in-dash navigation and media unit. The AVN4430 works as a compromise between a portable nav unit and an integrated in-dash nav. A TomTom GPS easily docks with the unit, giving you navigation in the car, or you can take the TomTom out

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-10136239-48.html?tag=mn...

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I would like all of the

I would like all of the features to work correctly.

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Hmmm

Like my son's iPod touch . . . way cool device. Just needs gps and I'd buy one for myself.

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The start of something big

rjrsw wrote:

This sounds pretty close to what you were asking for from Eclipse an all-in-one in-dash navigation and media unit. The AVN4430 works as a compromise between a portable nav unit and an integrated in-dash nav.

That sounds interesting. This may be the start of something big.

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Dream

My Dream is a tall red head around 145 and not so bossy razz
Oh what was I thinking zzzzzz I was dreaming.

GPS should be easy to use, easy to see and if possiable drive the car also and be dead on when you set it to get you from A to B hhhhmmmmmmmm.

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around 145

ramcruzer wrote:

My Dream is a tall red head around 145 and not so bossy...

Gee, I like them younger than that.

oooppps

Frovingslosh wrote:
ramcruzer wrote:

My Dream is a tall red head around 145 and not so bossy...

Gee, I like them younger than that.

ooohhhh pounds ooops

me too

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mine would have

maps that auto update for the year and are accurate!

Dream GPS

I'm with ya re the I phone or
I Touch about that size and the abilty to read lakes and rivers so I could use it on the boat. And the auto map updater oh yeah!

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A built in radar detector

A built in radar detector that would show you exactly where they are on the screen would be nice.

Dream GPS

Cellular connected with no monthly charge. Internet and search capabilities. Traffic/Construction/Delay data covering all North America by Satellite. User settable speed limit alerts by mph over or percentage. 25,000,000 POI's. Plays bookmarkable MP3's and .avi video. Downloadable games. HUD display on windshield. Multiple route choices. Instantly updateable maps. 160GB of built-in storage. Price < $100.

I want Sirius radio on the

I want Sirius radio on the GPS so I can listen to Stern and familiar stations in rental cars without upgrading to luxury/premium rental cars or stringing cigarette lighter adapters and wires all over the place. This week I'm in Houston and Austin, I'm not digging the FM radio selection here its all 70's-80's and Spanish. I'd also like to keep the bluetooth integration so I can drive hands free and the XM volume automatically mutes for incoming calls. I think Clarion makes a GPS/Sirius but I like Garmin and would definately buy lifetime map subscription for that unit.

Quicker Acquire Times

I would like it to not take 10 minutes to acquire a satellite signal. Mine used to be quick (under a minute) until I updated the firmware. Now I'm almost out of my town by the time it picks up satellites. And it's not because I haven't used it in awhile either. I can use it every day and the acquire time is still crappy. Firmware updates are the devil!

Oh and I'd also like it to agree with every route I take and not nag me like my wife!

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Don't worry about what if, worry about what is! Garmin Nuvi 660

Sleep time

GPSr that hooks up to a Auto Pilot and also controls the life support in the cabin, while you are sleeping going down the road.

Wait, thats a Airplane. Never Mind smile

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Dream GPS look like...

Great suggestions so far.

Well I would be happy if it looked like my Garmin 765T with a directional compass on the display as well as it being able to show more customizable fields like both time and distance to destination, ala TomTom.

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Better software...

GPSrs GUI's need a facelift they look old, out dated and clumsy in comparison with say the iPhone ie much more reponsive, intuitive and graphically attractive.

Phones are too small to use as a GPS.

deppeler wrote:

GPSrs GUI's need a facelift they look old, out dated and clumsy in comparison with say the iPhone ie much more reponsive, intuitive and graphically attractive.

And too small to look at while you're driving.

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Don't worry about what if, worry about what is! Garmin Nuvi 660

One of these would be cool

One of these would be cool with access keypad on the dash.
http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/cars/microsofts-windshield-hud-ha...

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You Should Call Garmin

ksting wrote:
deppeler wrote:

GPSrs GUI's need a facelift they look old, out dated and clumsy in comparison with say the iPhone ie much more reponsive, intuitive and graphically attractive.

And too small to look at while you're driving.

You should call Garmin and tell them to stop developing the NuviPhone. Cause Garmin seems to think a cell phone based GPS is viable.

not size...

ksting wrote:
deppeler wrote:

GPSrs GUI's need a facelift they look old, out dated and clumsy in comparison with say the iPhone ie much more reponsive, intuitive and graphically attractive.

And too small to look at while you're driving.

I'm not saying the same size as an iPhone just that the graphcs could be much better and the interface better.

Phone Screens Will Always Be Smaller

GadgetGuy2008 wrote:
ksting wrote:
deppeler wrote:

GPSrs GUI's need a facelift they look old, out dated and clumsy in comparison with say the iPhone ie much more reponsive, intuitive and graphically attractive.

And too small to look at while you're driving.

You should call Garmin and tell them to stop developing the NuviPhone. Cause Garmin seems to think a cell phone based GPS is viable.

I use my HTC phone as a GPS when in a pinch but it still doesn't beat my stand alone unit. Phone screens will never be bigger without making the phone too clunky!

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Don't worry about what if, worry about what is! Garmin Nuvi 660

Semi built-in yes

plemirande wrote:

It would snap on to the dashboard of my car and integrate into the car's power and stereo system, and be locked in place by the key.

When I turn off the car I would have five minutes to pop it out of it's holder our until the door is opened. Otherwise it would be locked in place like an in dash unit.

If I left it in the dash, it would power up with the vehicle like the radio does. Out of the vehicle it would work like my Nuvi.

That's what I would add to new GPS'.

Correct! but I would prefer it be able to retract it into its hidey-hole in good weather. I don't like to leave it outdoors in weather as hot as ours gets. Unless it can go into a well insulated area.
Taking it out would be good. Having a solar powered battery on board would be great, nanotechnology will get there pretty soon I think. Konarka is working on such solar skins.

Then maybe have the unit be wireless and you can upload maps and books and music (a GPS Kindle?)

I think we'll get there very very soon.

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editable maps and vss

I'd like to be able to edit my own maps to add new streets. Either ones I've driven on or something I could import from, say, google maps (even if I have to define where the streets are on that map). And I'd like an input for a vehicle speed sensor, so the unit could dead-reckon when the sat signal is lost (a feature common to in-dash units).

They may be working on it as we type.

babago wrote:

Correct! but I would prefer it be able to retract it into its hidey-hole in good weather. I don't like to leave it outdoors in weather as hot as ours gets. Unless it can go into a well insulated area.
Taking it out would be good. Having a solar powered battery on board would be great, nanotechnology will get there pretty soon I think. Konarka is working on such solar skins.

Then maybe have the unit be wireless and you can upload maps and books and music (a GPS Kindle?)

I think we'll get there very very soon.

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I've always thought there

I've always thought there should be a standard / universal dashboard mount for portable devices, ie: mp3 players, cellphone, GPS units, radar detectors, etc. I don't know why the auto-makers don't collaborate and come up with a universal mount that looks nice and is easy to mount.

I would like my GPS to have cheaper map updates, to the tune of $5 / $10 per update instead of the outrageously expensive $70-$100 per update.

I would also like my GPS to have a longer battery life, use universal chargers (mini USB or micro USB), and the possibility to use it to auto-pilot the car in the future.

It would also be nice to have a "lo-jack" feature so I can track my car / kids when they are out with my GPS.

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I have a garmin nuvi 760. I

I have a garmin nuvi 760. I have a plug hardwired in my car for a ipod. I would like to find a plug to plug my GPS into that plug so i can listen to my GPS through my car sterio without using the FM transmitter.

What would your dream GPS look like?

It would look a lot like Marilyn Monroe did and use her voice to give me directions. Beyond that, I don't care about the other features!

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I plan to live forever. So far, so good.

I'd like mine to have a

I'd like mine to have a "learn" mode, so that when I drive on roads that were added since the last map update, it would learn where those roads were. As it is, it goes into a frenzy of trying to route me onto roads it knows about (thinking, I assume, that I'm driving through the corn field that used to be where the road is now).

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No, I saw that in a car too...

BobDee wrote:

GPSr that hooks up to a Auto Pilot and also controls the life support in the cabin, while you are sleeping going down the road.

Wait, thats a Airplane. Never Mind smile

was Vacation with the Griswalds I think. Chevy Chase falls asleep at the wheel, car goes off the highway, over an embankment, slides directly into a motel parking space where Chase wakes up and says, "We're here!"

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It would be nice for GPS

It would be nice for GPS units to know the speed limit of the road you are currently on, and show it in the bottom right corner. There are times when I wasn't paying attention and didn't see the sign. confused

I bet if there aren't already units that do this, there will be soon.

some already do this

1408 wrote:

It would be nice for GPS units to know the speed limit of the road you are currently on, and show it in the bottom right corner. There are times when I wasn't paying attention and didn't see the sign. confused

I bet if there aren't already units that do this, there will be soon.

some already do this, although the speed limit information is incomplete and sometimes out of date.

My TomTom 125 does this, as does the Nuvi xx5 series.

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A feature I appreciate

1408 wrote:

It would be nice for GPS units to know the speed limit of the road you are currently on, and show it in the bottom right corner. There are times when I wasn't paying attention and didn't see the sign. confused

I bet if there aren't already units that do this, there will be soon.

That is one of the features I really appreciate about my Nuvi 265. When available, the speed limit is shown on the left side of the screen.

Next I would like to turn on a sound to play when the speed limit is reduced.

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Nuvi 265WT & Edge 705

Set speed

It would be nice to be able to set the speed warning through the GPS for certain roads that you travel frequently. I know it can be done with trhrogh the computer

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Cool, hopefully this will

Cool, hopefully this will become the standard and the speed information will be kept up to date.

take teh capabilities of teh

take teh capabilities of teh dash and combine tehm with the robust ease of use of teh garmin

better search

I would like the GPS to have a better search. For instance, with google if you search for a business, it gives you the most popular or most probable result. If you do not spell the name correctly, it will give you "do you mean this?" as well as looking for the wrong name.

I would also like to be able to switch to satellite view.

I agree!

I agree that this would be helpful.

iusegps wrote:

I would like the GPS to have a better search. For instance, with google if you search for a business, it gives you the most popular or most probable result. If you do not spell the name correctly, it will give you "do you mean this?" as well as looking for the wrong name.

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Maps -> Wife -> Garmin 12XL -> StreetPilot 2610 -> Nuvi 660 (blown speaker) -> Nuvi 3790LMT

Some intuitive tweaks to Nuvi software I'd like to see.

I can only speak for the Garmin Nuvi. I know that other manufacturers offer different features, but:

For the Nuvis, it would be great to be able to input a zip code as a search option.

It would be helpful to be able to leave the city name out of a search. I recently had to find an address that I know was in Rockaway Park. Rockaway Park did not come up, so I tried Rockaway Beach (just blocks away) but got no hits. In the end I ended up using using Far Rockaway as the city. If I was not familiar with the area I would have never been able to locate the address!

I recognize that looking for 123 Main Street based on just a state would take a major amount of time, but perhaps there could be an option of choosing "near here" or "near city" to narrow down the search results.

Likewise it would be helpful if the GPSr contained a database of known names for various major roadways. For example, the road may be commonly be referred to (or may be given to you as) one thing but is only recognized by the GPSr as SR-???. This can be very frustrated at times.

When on a route you can look for specific POIs on the way. The problem is that you get a bunch of directional arrows and air miles. It would be swell if you had the option of locating such POIs based on closest proximity (as it does now) and those ONLY on the route.

Rob - Long Beach, NY

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Maps -> Wife -> Garmin 12XL -> StreetPilot 2610 -> Nuvi 660 (blown speaker) -> Nuvi 3790LMT

Maintain POIs right from the unit

I would like to be able to maintain and organize POIs right from the unit, including ALL attributes to the POI, such as name, address, desc, phone, proximity, alert, icon, etc., without having to connect the unit to the computer.

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I'd like mine to come with a

I'd like mine to come with a nice sports car attached....convertable maybe