Articles & Videos: 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.

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.

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
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 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
by Matt Holliday

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

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.

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.

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.

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