Navigation Tools Big Selling Point for Audi
Audi is trying to get a leg up on Google by offering customers their own fix to common navigational tool problems in their vehicles, a new article on Bloomberg announced today. The company has begun to offer online map updates and other minor fixes for navigational systems in their vehicles, which is a first for a European automaker, and in addition to new updates every few months, Audi customers – or at least those with cars that are supported by this move – will get the first five updates to their navigational systems completely free of charge. Charging customers for updates to navigational systems seems a bit sketchy, considering many of those people are paying hundreds of dollars per month for the right to drive one of those new Audis, but that’s none of our business.
One of the biggest perks about the way that Audi is going about it is the fact that autonomous vehicles, which we’ve talked about before on this blog, rely on the most up-to-date information and maps in order to keep their passengers safe. As more and more companies start focusing on autonomous vehicles, including companies like Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and even Tesla Motors, more and more emphasis is going to be placed on the technology that goes into those self-driving cars, and one of the most crucial components is the navigation one – you need a self-driving car to actually be able to self-navigate the roads if it’s going to be an effective tool. This is part of the reason why Audi has decided to go this route is that self-driving cars may be here in as early as six years, at least according to the article linked to in the first paragraph; if this is indeed true, automakers have a lot of catching up to do.
Of course, it’s not just autonomous vehicles that can benefit from up-to-date GPS data in their navigation devices; auto transport companies rely heavily on GPS systems to get around major metropolitan areas and to and from their various pickups and deliveries. Auto transportation companies could also benefit from other technological innovations that are starting to develop in the pursuit for a driverless vehicle, including the entire idea itself. Auto transportation could be that much cheaper, faster and easier if the transport trucks were operated autonomously, but then again entrusting that many vehicles – not to mention that much money – to nothing more than a really sophisticated computer might not be the best idea.
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