Scoble talks about the bugs in in-car navigation systems in his latest blog entry. I have to agree. We own a Honda Pilot and a Toyota Prius, both with navigation systems that are widely disparate in their guidance, user model and their capabilities. The voice navigation on the Prius is a gimmick IMO but certain features like “3 routes” helps you along by giving you control of which route you want to take based on distance and more.
When I have more time, I’ll write an in-depth compare/contrast of the two. In the meantime, here’s a thought for discussion: Why don’t DVD navigation systems support real-time traffic information? It’s about time. Use a mobile data network where free data isn’t available. Now here is a good use for that SPOT technology 🙂
And yes, I traded in my Honda S2000 for a Toyota Prius. I’m paying my dues with a kid-friendly/commute friendly car now that my son is over 2 and it’s impractical to drive our gas-guzzling SUV all over. Call the $2000 tax rebate and savings on gas a downpayment on my next road rocket.
I’ll post more about the Prius later including hacks I’ve found. Time to get Phil Torrone at Make Magazine to hack a Prius to add Media Center 😉