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This past weekend we rented a car with the Hertz "AlwaysLost" GPS POS. What a piece of garbage! It took me three days to figure out how to simply display the darn map without having to enter any specific destination! The keys are counter-intuitive and often do something other than expected (in direct violation of the Principle of Least Astonishment -- for those of you in the UI business <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> ). For example, the "+" decreases zoom level while the "-" increases zoom level. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>It doesn't remember the last city you entered, so if you want to select something else in the same city, well, you have to enter the state and city name AGAIN every time! The screen is pitifully tiny and so out of the way that your eyes have to wonder off the road for way too long. It took the darn thing forever to figure out that it had to recalculate and when it finally did, it took forever, often causing us to miss the proper exit. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Although it is far from perfect, the XC90's nav system is excellent. I missed many of the features that we take for granted like screen location, rerouting speed, turn-by-turn indications, actual car position on the map, selection of POIs, avoid areas, etc, etc.<p>All in all, the experience made us appreciate the navigation on our XC90 so much more! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emlove.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: New appreciation for XC90's navigation system (ig_mb)

The overall design is simple and functional. I come from using the excellent Garmin before on our RX300 (Lexus did not have navigation back in 2000) and miss a few features.<p>1) The POI database is very small (specially under shopping) and that limits the on the go functionality. For example, it only gives you the shopping malls and not the stores. I can't just look up the nearest Best Buy or Macy's by name. I need to know their address. If you go to a Best Buy and don't find the item there, you cannot just look for the next nearest Best Buy and go there. You need the address. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>2) The zoom level is fixed. In the Garmin, it zooms in and out automatically depending on how far the current segment of the route is. I love this feature as it gives you the big picture when needed.<p>3) The map display mode does not switch automatically between bright and dark depending on the time of the day (or brightness outside). <p>Fix these and I will be happy. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: New appreciation for XC90's navigation system (AccuView)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AccuView</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">2) The zoom level is fixed. In the Garmin, it zooms in and out automatically depending on how far the current segment of the route is. I love this feature as it gives you the big picture when needed.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Have you tried setting it up for two map views? Each view can be set to its own zoom level independently so you can have an up close and personal view plus a nice high level view at the same time.<p>It is not the same as you mentioned but may be a good alternative.<br>
 

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Re: New appreciation for XC90's navigation system (AccuView)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AccuView</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">3) The map display mode does not switch automatically between bright and dark depending on the time of the day (or brightness outside). <p>Fix these and I will be happy. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Sandeep,<p>I agree with you on your #1 and #2 points but I am surprised by #3. ALl Nav systems I have had , so far, on my demos (ranging from the S60 to the V70 to the S40 and to the XC90) adjusted their brightness levels between morning and night.<p>Heck, evne my hand-held PDA Garmin iQue3600 will switch from daylight to nighttime mode! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Yannis
 

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Re: New appreciation for XC90's navigation system (ig_mb)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ig_mb</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">This past weekend we rented a car with the Hertz "AlwaysLost" GPS POS. What a piece of garbage! It took me three days to figure out how to simply display the darn map without having to enter any specific destination! <p> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Hmmm...they musy have changed them. Back in 2000, my father passed away. I had to catch an emergency flight out of JFK, to go to Greece to attend his funeral. I got a Crown Vic equipped with Hertz's "NeverLost" device. I know my way to JFK (from Philadelphia) as I had done that trip at least 30 times. <p>Guess what? As I was cutting it close, the return location for Hertz had moved and they were doing construction all over around the rental terminals. I panicked! I was ready to (really! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> ) drop the car at a parking lot and deal with the consequences later!<p>So, I just saw that idiotic little device. I calmed down, I pulled over and spent 10 minutes trying to fogure it out. I am telling you; they were the best -spent 10 minutes of my life. I figured how to work it and set it to "home-in" on the JFK Hertz location (praying it was updated). It took me (for about 8 minutes) through some places (around the Airport) that I would have NEVER thought of exploring. Guess what? 10 minutes later I was at the Hertz place and 15 minutes later I was checking in.<p>It saved my a$$ big time. I am sure programming it for the Hertz location was easier than asking it to find the closest sushi restaurant in Manhattan.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: New appreciation for XC90's navigation system (GrecianVolvo)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>GrecianVolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sandeep,<p>I agree with you on your #1 and #2 points but I am surprised by #3. ALl Nav systems I have had , so far, on my demos (ranging from the S60 to the V70 to the S40 and to the XC90) adjusted their brightness levels between morning and night.<p>Heck, evne my hand-held PDA Garmin iQue3600 will switch from daylight to nighttime mode! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Yannis</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yannis,<p>I was talking about the color scheme changing from light (for daylight) to dark (for night time) and not about brightness. <p>But, since you mentioned automatic brightness control, are you sure about this being present in the XC90's navigation system? I haven't seen anything regarding this mentioned in the user manual and have most definitely not experienced this behaviour first hand in my XC90. The only relevant setting is the color scheme setting for maps and that needs to be changed manually.
 
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