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Old 02-13-2018, 12:40 PM
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I understand the map update or software is available. I have a 2016 Stingray Z51 Coupe.

Anyone have suggestions, advice or info on where, how much to spend or DIY on updating my maps? I did a search on the Forum but nothing came up for the C7. Thanks.

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That's the only place to get it. They are now tied to your vehicle VIN, so they can't be "shared". It comes on a USB "thumb drive".
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I understand the map update or software is available. I have a 2016 Stingray Z51 Coupe.

Anyone have suggestions, advice or info on where, how much to spend or DIY on updating my maps? I did a search on the Forum but nothing came up for the C7. Thanks.
why bother updating if you have a IPhone all corvettes 2016 and newer have apple car play you can bring the maps from the phone up on the corvette screen
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Originally Posted by Tom's '07 Monty View Post
I understand the map update or software is available. I have a 2016 Stingray Z51 Coupe.

Anyone have suggestions, advice or info on where, how much to spend or DIY on updating my maps? I did a search on the Forum but nothing came up for the C7. Thanks.
If you are having any issues with roads missing I would wait a couple of months until the 2019 version comes out. The biggest problem with GM Updates is the lack of update. It can take several years for a major road like a new Interstate to get added to the file. Back in 2010 when I had my 2008 Z06 I was visiting a friend who had been living on a road in NC for 10 years. His road wasn't included on my Nav system. Not sure what they were doing but there wasn't any reason for it not to be included other than being very, very, very slow.

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i use an I-phone and use an app called waze for all of my travels. Directions are spot on and detours are given in the event of an accident or heavy traffic. Oh, and BTW it also tells you where the LEO'S are in real time. Other features are numerous and never needs to be updated. WAZE is the way to go.
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Does a new car include any map updates while it is still in warranty within the first three years?
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Does a new car include any map updates while it is still in warranty within the first three years?
No, you get what is the most recent map when the car is built. After delivery, it's on you to get any updates. (actually when the nav module is built...)
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Nav in these cars is crap. I use my iPhone. I'm not paying GM to update crap.
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Well, this is going to be embarrassing to show my ignorance and lack of sophistication but, here goes.
I haven't owned or used a smart phone since i had to give up my company blackberry when i retired more than a few years ago. I doubt I've ever come close to using the 200 minutes/month on my current cell phone plan.

I've finally decided to get a smart phone that will integrate with my 2016 Z51, primarily for navigation on annual cross country road trips, which will avoid costs of regularly updating the less than optimum GM nav system
Looks like waze and google maps are the best options, so I am looking at Android Auto with a galaxy S7.

My stupid question is this? Under normal use, 3 gb of data would be more than I would ever use. But using phone nav for 8 hrs/day while travelling for two weeks each summer, will 3-5 gigs of data be enough or must I spring for an unlimited data plan which will then be underutilized for 10 months each year?
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I've upgraded a couple of times with different vehicles, and IMO it is not worth it. Even if they brag about 50,000 changes, the likelihood that those will affect you is small. Yes, you can use something like Android Auto, but this is a pain in the butt. You have to hook your phone up and deal with the cables every single time. If you must, use the phone separately for Google Maps or Waze (which DOES use data.) It's a lot easier.
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Try this - https://www.android.com/auto/. You'll never have to update again...
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i use an I-phone and use an app called waze for all of my travels. Directions are spot on and detours are given in the event of an accident or heavy traffic. Oh, and BTW it also tells you where the LEO'S are in real time. Other features are numerous and never needs to be updated. WAZE is the way to go.

but waze eats up data like crazy
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Originally Posted by defaria View Post
Which is exactly why you should jettison the factory nav and use AA or CP. They are updated constantly.
I am planning on updating the Nav in my 15 once the 2019 update comes out. By that time they will have the major Interstate that opened 6 days after the car was produced in the database. Other than that the factory system works fine other than not displaying the speed limit on the Nav screen. Not sure why they moved it to an info display on the DIC.

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Originally Posted by Tom's '07 Monty View Post
I understand the map update or software is available. I have a 2016 Stingray Z51 Coupe.
Anyone have suggestions, advice or info on where, how much to spend or DIY on updating my maps? I did a search on the Forum but nothing came up for the C7. Thanks.
IMO the "best" turnkey navigation solution is yet to be found, and my experience with GM's nav, iPhone CarPlay/Apple maps and Waze show that each has their unique "issues" with either being cumbersome to implement and use, dealing with a brain dead verbal interface or software chewing data like it was candy....
My "solution" for local driving is to use the GM nav and either suffer "talking" with Nancy the NavNazzi or manually enter the information, and when going on a trip to unknown locations, back it up with Waze or Google Maps on my iPhone as best fits the situation (however, to give Nancy credit, she was able to direct me to a fairly obscure winery in the Sierra Nevada foothills after the three tries it took to get her to understand "Ironstone", the name of the winery)
FWIW, I bought the USB update to get the '18 map updates for the obscene amount of $164 shipped, and will likely not update it for another 2-3 years...
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How do you install the update or does the dealer do it? THX
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How do you install the update or does the dealer do it? THX
It comes on a thumb drive. Just plug it in. Car must be running during the update which takes about 45 minutes.

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but waze eats up data like crazy
It sure does. Plus, Waze via Android Auto is a subset of stand-alone Waze and not as comprehensive. I've tried using it with mixed results. In the Big City there are so many people using Waze that the screen is cluttered with "reports." And in the country there are so few people on Waze that it has no benefit compared to a regular Nav unit. It's probably best in a suburban environment. Oh, and cops know about Waze, so your chances of a valid report are about 50/50. It can warn you of congestion, but that assumes you have a choice. You don't always, which is why there is congestion in the first place. I have found that when it says there is congestion I can look out the window to verify it. In other words, it's too late. I've also noticed my phone gets very hot when using Waze, even when I intentionally move it so it has some air flow. I don't know for sure, but it seems to use an unusual amount of CPU power. You absolutely have to keep it plugged in or it will run down the battery.

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^^^^^^ hahah. these guys are funny. great real life testing. i m an avid Droid user, and like how it works.
thanks for posting this Defaria.
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How do you install the update or does the dealer do it? THX
The instructions are to insert the USB update thumb drive into the car's USB port with the engine running and it does its magic automatically in under an hour... they advise the car can be driven (nav will be inoperative) and warn not to turn the car off till the update is complete. Other CF threads have some workarounds for the "engine must be running" requirement, but mine updated in about a half hour of cruising on a pleasant day,
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Z51 is NOT a model, okay.
You have a base C7.
BTW all navi systems are NOT model specific, so on NAVI update for all.
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