What features and sizes would make a Garmin more desirable?
I'm sure this a bit in the future but I'd like to mirror or share screen with other devices in vehicle.
When life of nuvi battery has ended, easy replacement. And even better, ability to carry a couple of batteries and exchange exhausted with freshly charged battery. This feature exists with handhelds, but would be nice when using nuvi in pedestrian or cycling modes.
* 7 inch size
* Lifetime updates
* Replaceable battery
* Etc., etc (just to name a few)
I can think of several enhancements to their current line, among them I would like to see versions with the bluetooth enabled so it will output the directions to either a headset or the vehicle's system.
One other enhancement I would like to see is a replacement for the 3597 and others using a powered mount. I would like to see an additional USB port (probably a micro rather than a mini) so you could connect the unit to your computer while on the mount and perform updates. One of the most common failures we see reported is with the USB where you have to constantly change out the vehicle power cord with a computer connected cord for updates. This would let you leave the power/traffic cord connected and still do uploads of new POI and device updates such as software changes and load new maps.
I don't know how it would work, but I think the maps need to be compiled in a way that each map update would be a patch, and not a completely new dataset. Downloading such large maps at one time with largely the same information every quarter is taxing. The map should be able to check the server, see which tiles have changes or updates, download only those, and patch it with the existing map.
It would make updating maps much easier and faster.
PC wireless connectivity for firmware and map updates.
A. For the Oregon 600 Series: As it stands now the field reliability/useability of one e/trex30 = a Oregon400 + a Oregon600 used in tandem.
1. A return to a data entry system that will be stable & reliable to the touch anywhere, at any temperature. That is the case in the eTrex30, it was the case in the Oregon 400 series. Data entry on the Oregon 600 screen is chaos. A reliable way to enter waypoints names, & saving tracks w/o them being erased from memory is basic to hand held operations.
2. Then there's http://garminoregon6xx.wikispaces.com/Common+Issues
B. For Nuvi series: It is now the middle of the second decade of the 21st Century:
1. It is time to address routing problems which has become no longer acceptable. Whether that means buying out a service like Mapquest, or giving away LM to real users who are willing to allow D/L of their real world usage, that is for Garmin management to decide.
2. Although custom color ability of the 2555 screen is a plus, I find the color saturation & contrast on the 2555 screen inferior to the 1450.
C. Then there is the matter of the Basecamp software supporting both the Nuvi & handheld user base. The preY2K Win 95 era is over! I'm sure a complete clean rewrite of Garmin's utility software could be outsourced to some graduate computer school w/a more rewarding end result than what is currently being offered.
Finally: as I remember there was a manufacturer spring of 2014 that announced a GPS signal processing chip that can receive every GPS SAT system aloft. Not only the US-GPS & Russian GLONASS, but also the European & Chinese Systems. At the time of announcement the wholesale cost of said chip? $10 U.S. Enough w/the trendy & the eye candy Garmin. It's time to get back to off grid basics in your bread, meat & potato lines (if you want further sales from this family of Garmin users).
Provide clear freakin instructions
Tell me when I'm entering a bad part of town
Have the ability to track the GPS coordinates of cop cars and yell "slow down dumbass" if I'm speeding.
Be able to randomly respond to back seat drivers.
Be able to automatically call the cops via my cell phone and tell them my nearest cross streets If involved in a wreck.
Be able to switch to 360 degree video mode with audio if stopped by a cop.
Interact with trains to avoid waiting at crossing gates.
Interact with bridges that draw or swing open
Brew coffee, grill cheeseburgers while I drive.
You would do a bluetooth data transfer and that would cause a significant battery drain. The other option would be an 802.11 Wi-Fi connection with the same battery concerns. Of course, if the unit were Wi-Fi enabled, then it could automatically download all updates from Garmin but then you would get the entire unit updated and that would probably include all the stuff you deleted to make room.
Since there would be no USB connection to the PC, it would be smart to power the GPSr with an AC adapter. Software control of the download would also be necessary.
I would like to see their new models be USB 3 compliant. Although I have a 50mb ISP download apeed, I still find map updates to be painfully slow.
It doesn't significantly improve by downloading at off peak hours when Garmin's servers see less demand.
I would like the ability to download road construction areas. Maybe this is already tied into traffic, but since I don't live in a metro area it isn't a priority for me. Road Construction areas would be handy when on trips through areas you rarely (if ever) travel.
The only thing I can think of that would make me upgrade from my 3597 would be a speed alarm based on my exceeding the posted speed by an amount that I could set.
That feature would pay for a new unit in the savings from one traffic ticket. I believe that someone posted on this forum that a competing unit (perhaps TomTom) offers this feature. If I wasn't so tied to Garmin technology, I'd just switch.
There are just so many places out there that have a posted speed reduction that is too easy to miss noticing.
Garmin are selling now Dashcam with Gps tracker for around $250.00 The cam as a SD card 4GB and up to 32 GB (384 minutes of recording) The cam record on a loop,ones it reach the end it will start all over again,unless you stop the recording,this is a very good tool if involved in a car accident and also can be use to get out of a red light camera,that the camera change to red after passing the light.This Dashcam have a gps tracker,the tracker only show the position that you are while you drive, DOES NOT WORK like any other conventional GPS,
I would like to see a Dashcam that also have a GPS build in like going from Point A to destination B
Some other unit also have a Radar detector build in.
The unit have a LD light for night vision recording,and it can be turn 120% to record your self while driving. Sound and Video quality are great.
Below are some link that give an Idea what the Dashcam can do.
Have route recalculating alerts be the option of the user with an on/off setting.
Some of these suggestions have been mentioned above.
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