Navigation systems have been a popular upgrade for our clients here at Extreme Audio in Richmond since our inception. In more recent years, people have been asking a lot of questions about whether they should buy installed navigation systems for their dashboards or use the ones on their smartphones. Follow along as we explore the differences in options for your vehicle.
Here Are The Major Benefits Of An Installed Navigation System
- The mapping software is more accurate. If you ask almost anyone who has used a free navigation software, they will tell you about the time the navigation system said “You have arrived at your destination” when they clearly were not where they wanted to be.
- You get a larger screen size – up to 10” in diameter – and it is centrally located in your dash in an easy-to-see location. You won’t be fumbling with your phone, trying to enter an address and then figuring out where to place your phone so you can see it.
- The GPS signal going to the navigation system is more accurate because it uses a dedicated antenna, mounted in a spot that has good access to the satellites in the sky. When you are driving in urban areas with streets close together, this makes it easier to know which road you are supposed to take.
- Real-time traffic rerouting is a popular option on many of our units.
- Split screens allow you to use the navigation system and your stereo system at the same time.
- A “favorites” section lets you keep important addresses handy, including a “home” button on most systems.
- It doesn’t use your cellphone data.
- If a phone call comes in, your navigation system still works.
- Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto smartphone software are available on many of our models. These allow you to harness the power of your phone for voice-controlled dialing, texting, music, setting reminders and more. Some phones even give you options for Waze, Pandora and Spotify.
The Step Down From Installed Navigation Systems
One step down from these systems are installed video systems for your dash that lose the internal navigation but include Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto software. The navigation software that comes on your phone is displayed in the dash of your new stereo system once it’s been installed by Extreme Audio. This option makes sense If you like having a navigation system and want it displayed and controlled from your dash instead of your phone, but don’t need some of the step-up features of the integrated units.
Stop By Today To See Our Navigation Options In Person
We invite you to stop by Extreme Audio in Midlothian or Mechanicsville and see these units live and in action. One of our experts will work with you to find the best solution for your needs. You can also contact us here for more information about any of our products and services.