While there's a thread for built in Garmin GPS's it's (no offense) a hodgepodge of everything under the sun.
I thought having a thread for each auto MFG would be useful so here's a start.
Globeturtle, if you n' Jon think it worthy, perhaps there might be a specific forum / subforum for each auto MFG as they come along. You know, one for Honda, Chevy, Ford, Flyer Red Wagon... whoever..
anyway, here's my start for the Honda specific stuff I know about right now:
Honda Navigation Updates
Video showing how to do this..
Here's a site dedicated to Civic's but it's likely the same for other Hondas as well... it's got info starting at year 2006 and right now goes through 2017 and I'm sure it will get more years as time goes by...
Maybe this will help someone else...
Thanks for the links... I find them very helpful !
Why not go straight to the OEM source. HERE Navigation produces, compiles, provides and sells updates for 40 brands of vehicles around the world.
It appears that they also provided Honda navigation software for 2016 and older Hondas.
I'm a died-in-the-wool Garmin fan ... but I bought a 2017 GMC and discovered the nav software is produced by HERE.
They also have a mobile software app called HERE WeGO and offer free maps from around the world. For both Apple and Android.
I've really fallen in love with their software and maps. I was even able to get them to add my new address (a new house on a new street) in the most recent update on both my 2017 car's navigation system and my Apple iPhone.
Going to the above site first wants you to specify your car, in this case I chose Honda and it take me to:
That link presents me with a list of Honda Models, so I chose Civic and the 2016 model year which gives this link:
Honda MapCare Program
Optimal Performance and Convenience
The following vehicles come with 5 years of complimentary map updates:
Updating your Honda navigation system map is an essential part of maximizing your system's benefits and performance. Map updates ensure that the changing world outside is accurately reflected in your navigation system, making it much easier to reach your destination.
The map update is performed via USB.
Please click below to continue to the download site and learn more:
Please click here to continue
Pushing on the "Please click here to continue " button take me to this link:
Where I choose the 2017 button and got this link:
where it asks you to select your model so I chose civic and I get this link:
Which was almost exactly the link that was posted
Seems to be the exact same place from multiple ways to get there..
I understand that various auto manufacturers market their respective map updates ... but the maps are compiled and produced by HERE developers.
In the case of my 2017 GMC, I contacted HERE directly and was able to get my new house on a new street in a newly developed part in the back of an existing subdivision into the latest GMC map.
When I called my dealership (Laura GMC, the second largest GMC dealer in the USA), they had no clue that HERE had released a map update. The parts manager looked into it, and was able to order the update from HERE.
So yes, it's a GMC product ... just as your Honda update is a Honda product ... but the folks producing the updates all work for HERE ...
Not trying to cause a problem. I just found it interesting that they produce the maps for 40 makes of vehicles around the world.
And in my experience, the HERE folks were able to tell me about the contents and timing of a map update long before my dealership even knew an update was available.
For the explanation.. I wasn't trying to cause any problem either.. I just found it interesting both ways took me back to the Honda site... maybe I'm being thick??
I'm so glad Honda finally entered into an agreement with Garmin. The Garmin database is FAR FAR superior than Here maps. I've updated my Here maps in my Hondas religiously and despite the latest DVD updates, they continue to be hopelessly behind the times with both the roads and the points of interest. Garmin runs rings around them every time! Rip off to charge $150 per disk annually so at least they have a map care program to soften the blow for some.
It doesn't make sense for these automotive manufacturers to try and come up with a proprietary system particularly when cars are designed several years before they're released at which point the technology is already dated. Linking up with Garmin is the way to go!
... you think that as HERE supply the Garmin maps
Garmin has been using HERE for its mapping system since the days HERE was branded NAVTEQ.
And with Garmin's recent GPS navigation units, HERE has facilitated and provided DAB to broadcast live traffic information free to users.
But hey, few understand that.
If you scroll down to the bottom of Garmin's traffic page, way down at the bottom, you'll see the tiny HERE logo on the lower left of the page.
Garmin recently announced they were partnering with HERE to provide maps and traffic in Russia.
At the end of the press release:
"The update is the latest agreement in an already thriving partnership between HERE and Garmin, which also includes HERE mapping and location services for numerous Garmin devices and services around the world. It's a great example of an industry leader placing its trust in HERE Technologies and powering its devices with world-class global maps and services from HERE."
Look, I'm really not trying to cause a problem. Just trying to pull back the curtain that HERE has become the dominant player in the GPS landscape with build-in and free-standing GPS systems. And I'm excited by it!
... you think that as HERE supply the Garmin maps
sussamb and others are correct. Garmin does not create maps.
I'll bet that if you open a Honda map file, supplied by Garmin, using a "Hex Editor" and view it, you will find a copyright statement from HERE.
Hex Editors and viewers are available on the internet for free. Just be careful and D/L one from CNET or another reputable site that scans their files for Trojans and viruses.
I would suspect that the major reason your Honda maps seem out of date is that Honda (and most other vehicle manufacturers) are only making updates to your maps available annually while Garmin is updating our GPS units 3 or 4 times a year. I think you'll always find the Here maps on a Garmin GPS more up to date than the ones on your Honda. I know that's certainly the case between my GPS maps and those on my GM vehicle.
Here may do the maps for many nav systems, but the results sure vary.
The updates they release for my Acura TL-S (old Nav type) and my 2018 Pilot (Honda's version of Garmin) are both way behind what I get from Garmin for my portable devices. The Pilot just got 2018 (my 2018 came with 2017 maps) while my portables are on their second 2019 version.
The garbage they release for the 2007 Acura is not only out of date, but costs more for one update than Garmin charges for lifetime maps.
The Acura maps also end just north of the Canadian border. When I went to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia I drove off the edge of the world. Shortly after crossing the border into New Brunswick a line appeared on the map, with nothing on the other side. As I drove, it crept down the screen until the screen was empty except for the car icon. The only way to get Canada is to buy the Canadian update, which is two disks instead of one and costs twice as much. Then, while driving north you have to stop and change disks! The poor Canadians pay twice as much for their updates because they get both disks. I drove around Canada with my portable Garmin stuck to the screen of the Acura built-in with a suction cup!!
Oddly enough, the US version maps include hawaii, which is difficult to drive to, while ignoring most of Canada.
I spent an hour or so on the phone with the fine folks in Garmin Engineering and here's what they told me.
1). Honda "licensed" using the GARMIN code.
- they created their own hardware to interact with the GARMIN SW.
- during testing, Garmin raised concerns about some behavior aspects of the system.
$ - inability to import / export saved places
$ - inability to install POI's (think RLC's, SPEED, and other)
$ - inability to control brightness separate from dash brightness
$ - inability to get frequent updates to maps ( 3 - 4 x per yr)
$ - Inconsistent voice command structures.. must use "page up" & "Page Down" instead of "up" "Down". and some other quirks.
- Difficult to control audio, while stopped and impossible while moving. So even if you have someone in the car do do it for you, you're required to stop to adjust many functions.
I'll never ever get another one of these and I'd not recommend anyone get one either.
I'm more n' torqued off about this!
I'm more n' torqued off about this!
Man... All of those things stink !
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