SparkE wrote:I can buy a new phone for less than the GPS option cost in most new cars, AND get free map updates on the phone. Why would I want to buy GPS software for the car when my phone can send map info to the display screen in the car? It is the 21st century.
I like apples and you tell me how much you enjoy drinking orange juice as an alternative:
Yes, it is the 21st Century and yes, I do own an iPhone, and I don't care why you would want to buy GPS software or how much the GPS option costs in "most new cars;" I drive the Chevy Bolt EV, not most new cars.
Let me share two real-life anecdotes:
1) I am at a popular poker card club outside the city limits of the city of Los Angeles, when I am accosted verbally by two other players.
Security shows the two the door and accompanies me to the parking lot.
I notice that the two make a left turn out of the parking lot (my usual route) and so I make a quick right turn to avoid the risk that they have pulled over and will follow me home.
A left turn takes me right to the freeway entrance towards home and unfortunately now I am headed south and I do not know how to enter the freeway going that direction, so I am driving on city streets, in the wrong direction, late at night.
AND since my cellphone is in my pocket, I have no NAV available to me to guide me. I have to awkwardly remove my seat belt, get the iPhone out of my pocket and plug it into the USB port to activate Apple CarPlay, which I do while driving at night.
NOT an optimum situation and one which an internal NAV would have solved.
2) I am at a favorite destination Truck-Stop on Interstate 5 at the top of the Grapevine on a beautiful sunny day and I decide to drive west on Fraser Mountain Road to see the scenery and head towards the Pacific Ocean.
I come to the intersection of hiways 166 and 33 and I am lost and I have no idea which way to turn.
My iPhone NAV now has no working WiFi or T-Mobile service and hence no map capability. An internal NAV with GPS capabilities would have worked like a charm!
Some people like the security of having a "spare tire" onboard in case of a flat, most Bolt EV owners don't mind.
I want GPS Nav capabilities like those promised by GM's CEO Mary Barra prior to the Bolt EV's launch and I am willing to pay presumably a small monthly fee for that service in addition to my 98% of the time solution: my iPhone with Apple CarPlay.
I await the launch of this service.
If you don't want or need it, you have the option to NOT buy it, but don't criticize my ability to buy a "spare tire," if that makes me feel comfortable for the 2% of the time that I need it.