Originally Posted by Glenn Baglo
I've tossed my TomTom in a box for recycling since buying my 2020 Highlander with Apple Play. I now use Google Maps from my iPhone, on the Toyota display. I have turn by turn audio and it tells me which side of the road my destination is on.
I don't have to pay Toyota to update their maps app. I'm lov'n it.
I would agree with Glenn. I stopped using my Garmin after it put me in precarious situations and at times, provided ridiculous directions. Like the time my spouse wanted to go to a Walmart in Pensacola, FL. The Garmin announced very early “In 1/2 mile, turn right on” whatever the name of the street was. So we were keeping an eye on the right at an intersection where the Walmart was on the left. My fault, didn’t notice it. But we went a block and were told by the Garmin to make three consecutive right hand turns bringing back to the same intersection but now looking across the highway at the Walmart.
Google maps is updated all the time, has traffic information, and gives me stupid or wrong information far less often than the Garmin did. And when it needs to be updated, it does it by itself. I do not have to plug it into a computer, go to a website, and wait an extended period of time for “updated” maps to load. Furthermore, I was able to add Points of Interest (POIs) to Google maps, specifically low clearance bridges in the US and Canada to Google maps so that I don’t have to worry when towing my (taller than other Escape
trailers with Jack antenna) 5.0TA in unfamiliar localities.