In-dash GPS Navigation: Articles & Videos

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.

 
The advantages of having a touchscreen receiver in your car

The advantages of having a touchscreen receiver in your car

by Dominic Devito

Why put a large-screen receiver in your dash? Large touchscreens, loads of built-in features, and easy viewability are just some of the advantages to building your stereo around one of these receivers. You'll also have expansion options like navigation and a rear-view camera available in the future.

 
Video: How to Install a Car Stereo

Video: How to Install a Car Stereo

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Watch this video for a step-by-step overview of a basic car stereo installation. The installation shown in this video is only one example - the actual steps involved vary from car to car.

 
Video: How to install a satellite radio or GPS antenna

Video: How to install a satellite radio or GPS antenna

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Crutchfield shows you how to install an antenna in your vehicle for a satellite radio or GPS navigation system.

 
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 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.

 
Video: Installing an adapter for your steering wheel audio controls

Video: Installing an adapter for your steering wheel audio controls

by Robert Ferency-Viars

One of the problems with replacing your factory radio with a new receiver, is that those handy stereo controls built into the steering wheel won't work anymore. The way to solve this dilemma is to install an adapter for the steering wheel audio controls. Watch this video to see what's involved in the process.

 
Steering wheel audio control adapters

Steering wheel audio control adapters

by Bob Bihlmayer

If you're considering replacing your factory radio with an aftermarket receiver, adding a steering wheel control adapter lets you keep the full functionality and convenience of your steering wheel controls. In this article, we'll cover how steering wheel adapters work and how to choose one that works for you.

 
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.

 
Navigation Installation Guide

Navigation Installation Guide

by Matt Freeman

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

 
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.

 
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.

 
Essential electronics for tailgating

Essential electronics for tailgating

by Matt Freeman

Now, some people will tell you that the key to a successful tailgate is the spread, and they’re on to something. But experience has taught me that the right combination of...

 
Tips to Reduce Distracted Driving

Tips to Reduce Distracted Driving

by Jo Greene

Driver distraction is a growing concern. At Crutchfield, we want to help you use and enjoy the fun car audio/video gear we sell, and we want you to stay safe while using it on the go. We've compiled a list of common-sense tips to help manage distractions while you're on the road.

 
Video: Demo of the Clarion NX501 Navigation Receiver

Video: Demo of the Clarion NX501 Navigation Receiver

by Ken Nail

Clarion's NX501 navigation receiver is so much fun to use, you might forget to leave the driveway. Watch our demo to check out the 21st-century user interface that feels more like a smart phone than a car stereo.

 
Streaming Music Services: How Do They Compare?

Streaming Music Services: How Do They Compare?

by Crutchfield Writing Team

This article compares key features of a number of today's most popular cloud music services.

 
Video: Tips to Avoid Glare on your Car Stereo Display

Video: Tips to Avoid Glare on your Car Stereo Display

by Zak Billmeier

Bright glare on the stereo display has plagued us for as long as we've had the sun and car stereos. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do about it. But sometimes there is. Check out our examination of the problem in this video.

 
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.

 
Three Degrees of iPhone® Control in the Car

Three Degrees of iPhone® Control in the Car

by John Pollard

For many, the iPhone has become an essential part of their lives. It stores music, movies, and a plethora of apps that entertain or help with productivity. Nowadays, some stereos integrate with many of the applications on your iPhone. Some simply let you tap into the music from an app, while others give you full control on screen. In this article, we'll break down how it works.