We just picked up a new 2020 Outback, and I wanted to know if it is possible to put POI/speed camera files into the in-dash TomTom nav unit? A lot of what I'm seeing seems to indicate that this can't be done, that the dealer has total control over updates and such. Does anyone here know if this is truly the case?
We don't think so, but someone might figure it out, if it is at all possible.
Pretty much, unless someone has hacked their systems.
A couple of things to consider before buying a car with factory navigation systems:
1. The technology found in the latest models is often 3-5 years old. It takes the OEM that long to get it designed into the vehicle, so the "freeze the technology cutoff date" is often way in advance of the model year.
2. Factory nav systems are designed to generate dealer/OEM $
3. Very few factory nav systems can hold a candle up to even a basic aftermarket unit, even in high end cars.
4. It is not uncommon for an OEM to totally drop support of a particular model year when they change suppliers, cutting you off from future updates. Just ask Porsche owners that spent big $ for their vaunted PCM system, only to have map updates cut off three years later when Porsche moved on to another system.
The link in the previous post is 2 years old and is for updating the map - not installing POIs.
The SD card location is important. If POIs can possibly be installed, it may be on the card.
Call Subaru Support. They may be able to help.
Also, NAV System manual is online at:
Based on the investigating that I did, the answer is "NO" for a 2019 Forester. However, things could be different for a 2020 Outback.
One of the main irritants I experienced is a lack understanding as to the problem and also the "not me" syndrome. By the "not me" syndrome, support for the Subaru maps has been doled out to an unknown third party vendor and Subaru responded, with not our problem. I also went to the TomTom website and it appeared that they do not support Subaru's in-dash navigation!!!!!
Besides the run-around with support, please be aware that the TomTom maps, if your car uses TomTom, may be "old" compared to Garmin maps.
Is the Subaru Forester In-Dash TomTom Navigation Current?
TomTom Forum. Good luck with the forum.
At a minimum have Android Auto installed on a smartphone (for backup) for long distance trips. The TomTom in-dash navigation is grudgingly OK for local trips and for trips where you know the address of the destination.
Should you already have a Garmin portable navigation device, always bring it with you on long distance trips. Having the restroom POI file is a very useful feature!!!!
Well that sounds pretty grim, although perhaps I can figure out something from the SD card, if there is one installed. Where would the SD card slot be, on the back of the unit buried in the dash?
I'll dd the image to a file as a backup before I mess with it though!
Agreed on the in-dash Nav compared to aftermarket, we have an old Nuvi, so we'll definitely bring that along for any serious road trips we may take. The Nav system came with the vehicle and there were some great deals to be had as a result of the economic impact of the Covid mess, both on pricing and 0% APR financing. That was the only "Limited XT" model they had in stock and a closer dealer didn't have any of them at all, and I think that model comes with NAV anyway by default so we grabbed it.
The wife and I are "drive it forever" types, our next newest vehicle is a 2009 Honda. Technology seems to have come a long way since then, it's kind of crazy. A bit intrusive in my opinion, but very impressive.
For a location of an SD card, see JFP in PA's post above from YouTube. This location could be different for your car. It could change from year to year.
Your car has the 8-inch screen. That works great with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
subaru does not have an SD port
there is a USB port (or more) for mp3 below the screen, this is also the update port
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