GPS Navigation: Articles & Videos

Introduction to GPS Navigation

Introduction to GPS Navigation

by Dominic Devito

An introduction to the different types of in-car navigation systems: in-dash, plug-and-play, remote-mount, portable, and marine.

 
Video: What to Look for in Portable GPS

Video: What to Look for in Portable GPS

by Dominic Devito

Don't settle for a basic, run-of-the-mill portable navigation device. Watch this video for a quick overview of the best and newest features in portable navigation.

 
Portable Navigator Shopping Guide

Portable Navigator Shopping Guide

by Dominic Devito

Learn which key features to look for on portable navigators, so you can make the best decision about which one works for you.

 
In-dash Navigation Shopping Guide

In-dash Navigation Shopping Guide

by Dominic Devito

A quick guide to what to look for when shopping for an in-dash GPS navigation system.

 
Taking Portable Navigation for a Test Drive

Taking Portable Navigation for a Test Drive

by Dominic Devito

With so many navigation options available, why should you invest in a portable GPS navigator for your car? We took a drive with four portable GPS navigators to demonstrate how their extra features make them a great choice for staying on track, especially when compared to a standard smartphone app.

 
Traffic Information Services

Traffic Information Services

by Matt Freeman

Make your drive easier by being aware of the traffic ahead. This article gives you a quick overview of live traffic information services for use with portable and in-dash navigation devices.

 
Tips on Installing a Navigation System

Tips on Installing a Navigation System

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Some GPS navigation units mount in the dash, while others install in a remote location, separate from the car's sound system. No matter what type of navigation device you purchase, here are some installation topics to consider before getting to work.

 
Navigation Installation Guide

Navigation Installation Guide

by Matt Freeman

A guide to installing an in-dash navigation system in your vehicle.

 

Navigation FAQ

by Matt Holliday

Why would I want a navigation system? How does it know where I am? How accurate are these systems? What kind of directions does the voice give me? Plus more...

 
Navigation Glossary

Navigation Glossary

by Matt Holliday

Learn about the features and technical specifications included with vehicle navigation systems.

 
What are firmware updates?

What are firmware updates?

by Robert Ferency-Viars

What exactly is firmware, and why is it so important? This article answers those questions, and offers some advice on how to keep your gear's firmware up to date.

 
Connected World of Portable Navigation

Connected World of Portable Navigation

by Dominic Devito

"Connected GPS" for your car combines the mapping capability of GPS with the search functionality of the Internet, so you can find any type of destination you're looking for in real time.

 
Video: On the Road with the OnStar® FMV Mirror

Video: On the Road with the OnStar® FMV Mirror

by Zak Billmeier

Now you can get OnStar® in almost any car. The OnStar FMV is a replacement for your vehicle's rear-view mirror, and gives you access to OnStar services like Automatic Crash Response, Roadside Assistance, and Turn-by-Turn Navigation. You'll also get Bluetooth for hands-free calling. OnStar has well-trained, friendly Advisors just a tap of a button away if you need them, 24 hours a day.

 
Savvy Traveling

Savvy Traveling

by Matt Freeman

Recommended products for smart traveling, and tips on how to get the most out of them.

 
Video: In-dash Navigation Roundup

Video: In-dash Navigation Roundup

by Dominic Devito

Crutchfield writer Dominic Devito hits the road with five popular navigation receivers to see how they perform in the real world.

 
C-ville to Philly with the Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB

C-ville to Philly with the Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB

by Dominic Devito

The RoadMate 5265T-LMB has two features that I found compelling during a recent road trip out of state — Landmark Guidance and PhantomALERT traffic camera warnings.

 
Video: Three ways to get GPS in your car

Video: Three ways to get GPS in your car

by Matt Freeman

Most smartphones offer some kind of GPS app right out of the box. So why would you want to buy a dedicated navigation device like a receiver or a portable? To investigate, we installed a nav receiver, secured a portable GPS device to the windshield, and uploaded a GPS app on an iPhone® 5. Then we hit the road for some performance tests.

 
Review of the Garmin HUD+ head-up display

Review of the Garmin HUD+ head-up display

by Dominic Devito

This review of the Garmin HUD+ head-up display demonstrates why it's a handy GPS navigation solution for smartphone owners who want to keep their eyes on the road ahead.