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Add GPS capability that will work when driving with no cell service

Discussion in 'Model S' started by MFleMat, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. MFleMat

    MFleMat New Member

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    I live in a rural area with minimal cell service. My map display disappears and reloads very slowly depending on the cell service. My Garmin GPS works fine without cell service. Can Tesla integrate GPS with the Google map system so that I have continuous display?
     
  2. msnow

    msnow Active Member

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    Google needs internet connectivity to work so if no cell or wifi it won't work.
     
  3. sush

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    i think it works as well you just need to connect one time to the wifi for the system to download the map and it will work next time without a internet connection...
     
  4. thimel

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    If you are navigating someplace, a map shows on the instrument cluster even if you are not in cell range. When I got my car, this navigation feature was part of the tech package. The map on the center console (which I greatly prefer) does require cell reception.
     
  5. David99

    David99 Active Member

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    Google maps on my phone can cache map data on my device. It downloads the maps around my work and home area. How come Tesla doesn't have what comes free as an app for every smart phone?
     
  6. lklundin

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    I don't let Google follow me around, i.e. I don't use their search, DNS, mail, phone, maps, I do not allow javascript from their sites, etc.

    Tesla's cooperation with Google is thus my most serious concern about becoming a Tesla owner.

    Something like
    OpenStreetMap - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    would in my mind be a great improvement.

    Btw, when an app is free, you and your personal information are the product.
     
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  7. K-MTG

    K-MTG Sunshade Captain of TMC

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    Wow and I thought I was paranoid? I am curious, what do you have against google?
     
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  9. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    @lklundin concern about Google is legitimate, in my view (that does not mean I am going to sell my Model S, I'm just saying I understand his concern).

    That said, my advice to him is not to own any products that enable companies to track you. In theory, that includes a connected Tesla vehicle.
     
  10. deonb

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    Then you should please not buy a Tesla.

    I assume your distrust of Google extends to other companies as well, which includes Tesla. Tesla constantly tracks all cars in the fleet in order to improve autopilot - and NOT anonymously - which is significantly more private information than Google has access to.

    I don't want people who benefit from the collective gathering of data to then turn around and put pressure on Tesla to remove or reduce data gathering. If that ever happens I hope Tesla would cut off autopilot for all those who don't want to share driving behavior - but laws may compel them otherwise - and then all of us lose.

    I do commend you however for not actually using Google search (how did you find out about TMC??), rather than using Google search with a tracking blocker. Most people would complain about mass data gathering, yet do 100's of searches every day that only works because of mass data gathering.

    But in that spirit, you should then also not buy a Tesla, rather than buying one and complaining (or worse suing) about how it works.
     

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