Nav Systems Learns Your Shortcuts

In a short product overview of the pricy Pioneer’s AVIC-Z1 in the New York Times a feature I’d not run into before is offered: the ability to learn the drivers shortcuts. Interestingly, the system also builds a library of music/video from the CD/DVDs/MP3 you play in the car. I guess learning short cuts for the drive is in the same family of “copying.”

My initial thought: If I know the shortcut why would I need to tell it to the nav system? My response to myself: Well, if someone else used the car, they could take advantage of it. My second response: Gee what if we could upload and share those shortcuts and maybe have an algorithm evaluate them to see which best saved time, turns, red lights. etc. Ok, maybe I’m dreaming…

Published Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Written by Adena Schutzberg