Built-In Car Navigation Systems Should Use Google Maps
In-Car navigation systems don't necessarily have to use Google's navigation software, but ever since the search giant started integrating accident reporting from the Waze app into their system, their data has become more reliable than ever. Waze encourages its users to feed the network with up-to-the-minute details about incidents that are contributing to congestion, data that now shows up on everyone's Google Maps applications.
Built-in GPS systems, meanwhile, don't inherently evolve over time. In most cases, updates have to be made manually (at dealerships), and often at great expense. This is creating an unfortunate disconnect: As dashboard navigation systems become increasingly common in new cars, they're consistently less useful than the free apps in our phones. The solution is a relatively simple one: Partner up with whoever has the best data. And so long as built-in nav systems can receive regular software updates (via cellular connections, not dealership servicing), the source of that data can change in the years to come.