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Navigation system: Interesting idea or not?
Posted 25 May 2004 - 03:08 PM
One of the advantages, though, of having a hand-held unit is that you can take the unit with you to another vehicle, and you can walk/run/bike/hike with the GPS unit, too, which you obviously can't do with a car-mounted unit.
So I got to thinking: What if the GPS/Satellite Nav unit was modular, and could "pop out" of the dashboard for off-vehicle (or other-vehicle) use? Basically a "docking station" concept for GPS.
To get even fancier, the "docking station" in the car could have a module with all the US maps (or whatever country) permanently stored in it, while the hand-held unit could be programmed to hold just the maps that the user needs at that particular time and place. The docking station could also be connected to an external antenna on top of the car and maybe even a larger LCD screen for easier visibility.
What do you think? Too quirky/expensive? Considering that Subaru markets its Outbacks as "SUV Alternatives" to people who are involved in outdoor sports activities, I think it would fit right in with their intended customer base.
Posted 26 May 2004 - 07:31 PM
Posted 26 May 2004 - 07:53 PM
that's what i was told.
not sure likely 1-2 years but it will be a Subaru factory option...
it's been very popular on the Japanese models and should do well here also.
I know a couple of guys that have GPS setups in their cars...
never really inquired what model or how it's installed tho
Posted 01 June 2004 - 03:19 PM
FHI is selling Nav systems in Japan, UK, Sweden, Germany, and I am sure other markets. Why aren't we getting it?
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