Brian Vagnoni on 5 Apr 2008 13:53:44 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] OT: GPS Recommendation Wanted


Will they ever learn. Can you imagine the security nightmare this represents. We are so consumed by what we can do with technology that we never consider if we should.

Looks like GPS TRS will and could end up being the defacto blackbox for your car with companies selling your driving habits to insurance companies so that they can charge you appropriately. Which would include mileage, & speeding infractions.

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From: Eric Hidle []
To: Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List []
Sent: Sat, 05 Apr 2008 16:14:10 -0400
Subject: Re: [PLUG] OT: GPS Recommendation Wanted

The Garmin GPSMAP 496 makes any consumer auto or nav system look like a total joke.

It costs about the same a factory NAV system, but it is far better. It is XM capable, so if you have a subscription, you get updates, traffic, weather, and so on, all in real time. It is meant for pilots, so it also has extensive aviation GPS uses (winds aloft, AOPA airport directory pop-up TFRs, FCC tower database, etc), but the land-based functions blow away anything I've seen in a car - complete auto-routing, course deviation, timing, maps always up to date, etc..

About $2400... and you can get a panel dock that will roughly fit a double DIN, but you might have to do a little massage.

There are cheaper versions, the 495, 396, and 296, in the same series, with various feature deletions.

Check them out...

On Tue, Apr 1, 2008 at 8:13 PM, Casey Bralla <> wrote:
I am planning on getting a GPS unit for my car.  I want to semi-permanently mount it on
the dash, hard wiring the power supply into the vehicle.  (In other words, I'll hard
wire around the cigarette lighter plug, and leave the plug into the GPS unit intact.)

My desire is to have the GPS turn on automatically when I start the car (my cigarette
lighter outlet shuts off with the car).

However, I have noticed one huge problem:   Many GPS units require that you acknowledge
a limit to liability whenever the unit turns on!

This not only annoys me philosophically (how many other consumer goods will soon
require a formal limit to liability release be approved before they will work????),
but also means the unit won't work "automatically" unless I touch the control pad.

Does anyone know of a good GPS unit that does **not** require constant acknowledgment
that I'm still supposed to watch where I'm driving and that it's not the GPS's fault
if I drive into a tree?


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