My idea of map reading is Google Maps, very sad I know but that is the way it is.
Whilst I know the rough directions to get from the sunny South coast of England to many major towns or cities, I do rely on the digital brains of Google Maps to confirm this and direct me.
When in the car, I sit my phone in a Brodit mount or I am now using it even more for walking, just carrying it in my hand.
I have seen Google Maps evolve and I like how it has. I rely on it because 9 times out of 10 it works and gives me things like traffic information, time of arrival and alternative routes.
Whilst I have changed vehicles in my last one, the factory fitted solution was awful. It was out of date and the interface was poor. Yes it tied in with the cars audio system and perhaps was the all round safer solution. However when many of the factory fitted navigation systems cost well over £1000 (plus expensive updates) it is very easy to see the appeal of a smartphone solution, that is continually up to date, despite some limitations.
I actually went as far as reconfiguring my last vehicle, installing a tablet in place of the factory fitted navigation system, you can see the result in the following video.
However, what I am keen to know is what is your navigation in a car?
Do you have a factory solution? If you do, do you pay the high prices for the map updates? Do you use a smartphone or tablet instead?
Whatever the solution would you consider something else or like to see changes made?
We are beginning to see manufacturers integrate more up to data solutions through schemes such as Google Auto, but is it enough?