Originally Posted by chetandren
Thanks for sharing this, Ray.
You are welcome, Chet!
Multiple brands of cars can run Android Auto. I'm guessing that also
holds true for brands of cars that support Apple CarPlay. Unfortunately,
all/most brands of cars prior to 2016 don't seem to be very well supported.
My real point in this post is that many late model cars now have the
capability to fairly easily use the navigation and music capabilities of our
various brands/models of smartphones (both Android and Apple).
Prior to our Ford F-150, we had a 2011 Honda CRV with a factory GPS
system and, in addition to our F-150, we still own a 2014 Ford Escape
with a factory GPS with voice navigation (not a Sync 3 system).
All of our previous factory-installed GPS systems were fairly expensive to
buy and usually expensive to update. In general, they have never been
as current as some of my Garmin portable GPS units (my current Garmin
is a Nuvi 2699LMTHD that has free lifetime map updates and free lifetime
HD traffic updates (updated every minute or so).
Even with frequent software and map updates. my portable Garmin GPS
still doesn't seem to be as current as the information available on our
smartphones. The Nuvi 2699LMTHD seems to be a decent system for
over-the-road navigation and provides useful "What's Up Ahead?" info.
However, it is a bit of a nuisance to put it on the dash and remove and
stow it (for theft prevention) during longer duration stops.
With current vehicle interfaces and good smartphones, the factory-installed
GPS and satellite radio systems do not seem to be as big a requirement
for safe and happy travel as they might have been in years past.
Since everyone's wants, needs, and choices (of vehicles, trailers, and
technology) may be different than mine, I'd encourage everybody to
do their own research.
As always, YMMV.
Safe and happy travels to all!