aka – automobile navigation systems.
In an amazing attack of guyness, my dear husband took delivery of his new car ordered without an installed GPS. The reason for the new car was simple – the old station wagon which has been serving us faithfully since 2005 is a diesel. The rules and emission standards have changed this year rendering our car no longer legal to drive in any major German city after 1 Jan 2013.
With remarkable thinking and clarity, he decided to beat the rush by selling off the car now as used (I am assuming that it has already been shipped east) and replacing it. All of this leads me to a car without a navigation system.
Why? I asked knowing well that certain people can’t read maps and, for that matter, no longer even own maps.
Well, you have one of those small portable ones.
Right, for the US. You want me to go ahead and buy the maps for Europe?
Oh, didn’t realize that it was geographic. (Hello? Why should you get more than the minimum without extra cost – these people are trying to make money – nuh?)
Have you ever driven with a portable system that isn’t mounted?
It means that you have put put a mount in the car. Then, each and every time you get out of the car you need to unplug the little box and take it with you so that it doesn’t get stolen. Do you normally carry a bag, briefcase, etc in which to place it?
Or did you think that I was going to carry it around for you? I can read maps and tell you where to go…. Oh, that is right, I do that already. Do you really think that trying to use the GPS function on your Blackberry while driving is going to work?
The very nice VW dealership provided a substitute car today so that I could run errands while an in-dash GPS is being fitted. It is something I happen to think will be more useful that a connector for an iPod. Music and podcasts are not as critical as being able to find alternative routes to Staus and construction…..