New Navigation System Options – Car Pro News

Automakers are starting to find ways to bring budget navigation to their cheaper cars with integrated systems that are much cheaper than fancy in-dash models costing upwards of $1,500.
The latest alternative is General Motors’ partnership for a smartphone app called BringGo for the Chevrolet Spark, GM’s smallest and cheapest car that went on sale in July starting at $12,995 with shipping.
For $50, a buyer can integrate BringGo’s digital maps and turn-by-turn directions into the car’s large in-dash screen. Next year, BringGo will be available for the larger Sonic RS.
“It gives our Spark customers the safety and functionality of a more expensive navigation system without the need for additional equipment and at a tremendous value,” said Sara LeBlanc, General Motors’ global infotainment manager, in a statement.
Others seeking novel solutions:
— Turn-by-turn: Ford introduced a smartphone app last month to let drivers receive audible turn-by-turn directions. Scout, from a company called TeleNav, works with Ford’s Sync AppLink system. It also warns about traffic jams and gives realistic estimated travel times. It is in addition to another system called Sync Services that comes with the infotainment system and also gives turn-by-turn directions. Neither, however, displays a map on the car’s screen.
— Buy later: On its new CX-5 crossover, Mazda doesn’t require buyers to choose a navigation system at the time of purchase. They can buy a $499 TomTom accessory module that installs behind a panel in the console and uses the CX-5 dash screen. “You pop it in and it looks like you have an integrated navigation system in your dash,” says Mazda spokesman Eric Booth.
— Dash mount: To cut costs for buyers, Suzuki put a power dock atop dashboards in 2012 models, including SX4 and Grand Vitara, for drivers to mount a Garmin navigation unit. “It’s a low-cost alternative,” says Eddie Rayyan, a product developer. The system, however, is going away on 2013 models in favor of a traditional in-dash system.
GM’s decision to integrate the BringGo app not only solves the problem of how to bring navi to economy cars, but also offers buyers a system that won’t get out of date. An app is easier to update than hardware.
BringGo has some advantages over other smartphone-based navigation systems. It can remember, or cache, maps so that it does not draw heavily from users’ data plans, which would make it expensive to use, LeBlanc says.
“All of the maps we have are right on the smartphone, so you can navigate to addresses and look up points of interest without eating up your data plan,” she says. “They figured out a really great way to cache the data.”
GM also has a backup in its Sonic, Spark and all other models: GM’s satellite subscription service OnStar offers audible turn-by-turn directions.


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