Connected Cars

 

Garmin recently announced they will discontinue production of FM and HD traffic receivers for their new automotive GPS models. Live traffic, via the Smartphone Link app, will be the only traffic service available on newer units.

Could it be Garmin has seen the handwriting on the wall? The demand for this product will most certainly decline with the advent of the "connected car". Traffic and a host of other services will be provided to on board devices via Wi Fi, 4G cellular and bluetooth technologies.

http://www.strategyand.pwc.com/reports/connected-car-2016-st...

Whether we like it or not, within a decade, most cars on the road will be "connected". Although I usually approve of new technology, this concept raises a lot of "big brother" questions. We most certainly will lose some degree of privacy. Will our every movement be tracked? Our conversations monitored? Will our vehicles be controlled to obey speed limits or ticketed when they exceed them?

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2945367/internet/just-s...

To me, these and a host of other questions need to be answered before I'm on board with this technology. Paranoid maybe but entirely possible. I'm curious how others here feel.

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Really?

bdhsfz6 wrote:

Garmin recently announced they will discontinue production of FM and HD traffic receivers for their new automotive GPS models. Live traffic, via the Smartphone Link app, will be the only traffic service available on newer units.

Where was this said? I must have missed it since the new range does include FM and HD traffic?

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Where there's a will ... there's a way ... Nuvi 2508LMT-D, 1490LMT, 1310, Montana 650T, Etrex 20

Traffic receivers.

In the NA market, Garmin is not bundling a traffic receiver with any of the 2017 51/61 models. It is interesting to note that the GTM-60 is listed as a compatible accessory for the DriveAssist 51 and the DriveSmart 51/61, but no traffic receivers are available for the Drive 51/61 or the DriveLuxe 51.

Whether Garmin has made any official announcement or not about the future of FM traffic receivers and service, I have to agree with bdhsfz6 that the future does not look very good for this technology, at least in the NA market. I know that sussamb has said that the traffic service in the UK is quite good, but in NA it has always suffered from poor coverage and reliability.

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Alan - Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

And

Also in many parts of the EU traffic is good. In the UK some of the new models have HD traffic with in built receivers. Can't see Garmin abandoning it just yet although I agree they may do so sometime in the future.

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Where there's a will ... there's a way ... Nuvi 2508LMT-D, 1490LMT, 1310, Montana 650T, Etrex 20

step backwards

I will be very disappointed to lose the traffic capability. I don't have any interest in connecting up a phone to do the job of a GPS.

Also, my primary car, a 1968 Ford, will never be connected to anything, and I intend to drive this car until I can no longer drive which should be at least another 30 years.

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Does Honda 2014 Accord have Garmin

I don't think my 2014 Honda Accord had Garmin. Not sure.
It has traffic and I do like the traffic. Would hate to loose it.

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

Tech That Spies On You

Your phone, your television, your child's toys, and other gadgets in your home may be listening to your every word -- ready to serve, inform or entertain you. But what happens to those words once they've been digested by those devices? Let's take a look at voice-activated technology, and their privacy implications.
"Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition."
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http://www.chattchitto.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=69226&...

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Paranoid maybe but entirely possible.

Up and coming.

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HD Radio

I love the traffic and weather updates in my Toyota Entune Radio, like the weather radar feature to avoid bad weather ahead

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