Google maps future in cars?

Posted Jan 02, 2013 at 12:43 pm in Threads > Opinions

So I came across an interesting article on the verge, http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/2/3827752/hyundai-kia-bringing-google-maps-to-car-navigation-systems
and it looks like google is really expanding out their maps service and going to be in cars. Do you like this idea? I think it is interesting to see how they are expanding and can in the long run make it easier for those to use the maps service in a vehicle if they are familiar with it from their phones. Thoughts?

  • jamal adam

    I think that this is a good idea and something worth looking forward to. There are hundreds of millions of people who use Google maps everyday and I bet many of them would love to have Google maps in their cars. I feel that Google is more than equipped to enter that market and make travel a little less troublesome. For example, having traffic flow and all that other detail is invaluable to a driver who wants to be somewhere in the shortest time without having to worry about rush hour traffic or roads closing, etc.

  • jonstle

    I think it is a good idea. Google works hard to make sure their maps are up to date and businesses work hard to make sure they are included in Google searches which also puts them into Google maps. From an information availability standpoint it is a good thing.

    If this is to be really successful in cars I think the one thing they would need to do is to have the car automatically download the maps information when it is in a cell network so if the car travels out of a the cell network it will not affect the map searches for gas and things like that.

  • ibap

    Gadget hounds will be fiddling with this on their way to the grocery store, and then claiming they didn’t see the pedestrian they ran over.

    • azswift

      The voice input is good enough to let them disable touch input, except when the car is in park. Since my car is normally in range of my wifi all night it could easily update the nav every day.

    • redraider133

      Well what would make this any different than the touch screens already being placed in vehicles? It’s not like its a brand new concept

    • scubabum

      I like the idea of having Google maps in cars.
      However, I fear that drivers will be distracted by the street view feature
      and thus create accidents.

      • redraider133

        I can’t be any more distracting than current set ups or those who text/eat/and everything else while driving.

  • Stoxystocks

    I heard there putting Google places in it to witch will be cool because it will tell you interesting places that are nearby with reviews etc

    • azswift

      Fieldtrip too!

  • thymeless

    With good voice search, it will be a great thing. Couple that with self driving cars, and you don’t run down any more pedestrians either.

  • tanman888

    GMaps has come along way. I was wondering about this the other day, as the level of detail has surpassed that of third party providers (TomTom, Garmin, etc) making the devices pretty much obsolete? Or am I missing something here?

    • redraider133

      I know personally I use my phone with google maps over my gps so it pretty much just sits around or I lend it to those who don’t have a smart phone(aka my parents) lol

  • SGB101

    I think it is a great move or Google and kia, their cars arnt the best, but a great foot in the door for Google, to showcase what they can do.

    TOMTOM GAVMAM et al, be afraid, be very afraid.

    Today, I use my Note2 mostly for satnav, using Google nav, and to replace with a similar spect sat nav is in the 250 to 300£ margin.

    As a roamer to Europe, i cant wait for a proper online mapping, and the two features I would like, is speedometer and a speed camera placements. That I have on my old el cheapo TOMTOM.

    It’s sad but the tom tom only come out the glove box when i hit France.

    Sifted off a bit now, but was trying to highlight how far Google Nav has come

  • Thomas Biard

    I think its awesome because Google Maps is an incredible tool.

    However, I do wish that cars would come with Micro-HDMI and Micro-USB inputs so that you could connect a tablet/large phone and control your whole entertainment system and HVAC system with it through an auto manufacturer’s app. I want to be able to switch my main control when technology gets updated or take it to my next car. I know there are a lot of details about this that can be argued, or manufacturer’s that are kinda/sorta doing this now, but I want it to become “standard”