GM Volt Forum banner

1 - 20 of 20 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
54 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
When I bought my Gen2 Volt in April 2017, the maps in the Nav system seemed to be very old, but nothing newer was available. Within the last couple of weeks something has finally show up here:

http://gmnavdisc.navigation.com/product/Catalog/Catalog_Chevrolet_Volt_2017/GM-Next-Generation-Infotainment-2.5-System-Map-Update-V.2018/sku/84360074/en_US/GMNA/USD

Previously the 2016 Volt had new maps, but not the 2017 (different Nav system??). I have a call in to the dealer to see if he'll cover the cost of new maps ($140).

Has anyone else done this? The maps that came with the car don't show restaurants and businesses that have been around for several years, so the maps must be really old. There's some trick about looking up a StarBucks in Detroit, which my Nav fails to show, so it was definitely older than what was available for the 2016 model at the time I bought my 2017.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
500 Posts
I was so unhappy with the maps in our 2016 Volt, which many times led us on wild goose chases, that I haven't even tried the 2017 navigation, and am quite happy with Apple maps through the CarPlay feature! I should as heck wouldn't spend a dime on new GM maps!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
789 Posts
Interestingly enough, when my Volt was having a recall repair done and I was given a Malibu Hybrid as a loaner, the Malibu had more up-to-date maps despite them both being 2017 models. I assume the Malibu was actually manufactured in 2017 whereas my Volt was built in 2016.

I like the built-in nav and some of the 'easter-egg' type items are clever (e.g. the sky in the 3D view will change to reflect changing weather conditions (sun, rain, fog, lightning). I also use Google Maps via Android Auto and it's perfectly fine as well. Because of that, I am in no hurry to update the built-in maps. I recently downloaded Waze for AA as well but I haven't configured it yet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27 Posts
When I bought my Gen2 Volt in April 2017, the maps in the Nav system seemed to be very old, but nothing newer was available. Within the last couple of weeks something has finally show up here:

http://gmnavdisc.navigation.com/product/Catalog/Catalog_Chevrolet_Volt_2017/GM-Next-Generation-Infotainment-2.5-System-Map-Update-V.2018/sku/84360074/en_US/GMNA/USD

Previously the 2016 Volt had new maps, but not the 2017 (different Nav system??). I have a call in to the dealer to see if he'll cover the cost of new maps ($140).

Has anyone else done this? The maps that came with the car don't show restaurants and businesses that have been around for several years, so the maps must be really old. There's some trick about looking up a StarBucks in Detroit, which my Nav fails to show, so it was definitely older than what was available for the 2016 model at the time I bought my 2017.
When I bought my Volt, I didn't want anything to do with the Nav feature, however I didn't want to wait 10 weeks for a custom order and all the Volts they could find had Nav.

With apple carplay or android there is no need for the Nav.

In my opinion Nav should be upgraded for free via onstar or wifi.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,596 Posts
The most interesting thing I find about the in-dash nav is that it shows speed and red light cameras on it. Where does that come from? And while it's great, there are some that aren't listed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,673 Posts
The most interesting thing I find about the in-dash nav is that it shows speed and red light cameras on it. Where does that come from? And while it's great, there are some that aren't listed.
If you have XM/Traffic, it is tied into the in-dash nav. It is also tied into the Weather app and traffic alerts while en-route to your destination.

A lot of folks put down the in-dash nav. When I bought the Volt I was indifferent to whether the car had it or not - since one can always just use carplay or AA. The one I glommed onto had it. For $495 (MSRP), it didn't add much to the price of the car. But I actually use mine a lot. It ties into the OnStar app on the phone, and is just 'there' - no messing with wires and such. Plus carplay has some idiosyncracies of its own when wired into the USB port. I almost rather keep the phone talking to the car through bluetooth. So in retrospect I'm glad it was there.

As far as 'wild goose chases' go, perhaps some setting was wrong? Like maybe 'avoid highways' was selected? (This is often a useful setting when trying to economize on battery and you have the time to take surface streets.)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
243 Posts
If you have XM/Traffic, it is tied into the in-dash nav. It is also tied into the Weather app and traffic alerts while en-route to your destination.

A lot of folks put down the in-dash nav. When I bought the Volt I was indifferent to whether the car had it or not - since one can always just use carplay or AA. The one I glommed onto had it. For $495 (MSRP), it didn't add much to the price of the car. But I actually use mine a lot. It ties into the OnStar app on the phone, and is just 'there' - no messing with wires and such. Plus carplay has some idiosyncracies of its own when wired into the USB port. I almost rather keep the phone talking to the car through bluetooth. So in retrospect I'm glad it was there.

As far as 'wild goose chases' go, perhaps some setting was wrong? Like maybe 'avoid highways' was selected? (This is often a useful setting when trying to economize on battery and you have the time to take surface streets.)
I agree with WWS. I like having it there. It's easy to see and set with voice commands and the OnStar app.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,596 Posts
no messing with wires and such.
This is the best part. My phone is in my pocket when I get in the car, and I really don't want to wrangle it out every time I get in. And when I occasionally do -- to charge it -- I frequently wind up leaving it in the car.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,410 Posts
When I bought my Gen2 Volt in April 2017, the maps in the Nav system seemed to be very old, but nothing newer was available. Within the last couple of weeks something has finally show up here:

http://gmnavdisc.navigation.com/product/Catalog/Catalog_Chevrolet_Volt_2017/GM-Next-Generation-Infotainment-2.5-System-Map-Update-V.2018/sku/84360074/en_US/GMNA/USD

Previously the 2016 Volt had new maps, but not the 2017 (different Nav system??). I have a call in to the dealer to see if he'll cover the cost of new maps ($140).

Has anyone else done this? The maps that came with the car don't show restaurants and businesses that have been around for several years, so the maps must be really old. There's some trick about looking up a StarBucks in Detroit, which my Nav fails to show, so it was definitely older than what was available for the 2016 model at the time I bought my 2017.
The Volt is trying to save you from wasting your money at Starbucks...:)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
160 Posts
When I bought my Gen2 Volt in April 2017, the maps in the Nav system seemed to be very old, but nothing newer was available. Within the last couple of weeks something has finally show up here:

http://gmnavdisc.navigation.com/product/Catalog/Catalog_Chevrolet_Volt_2017/GM-Next-Generation-Infotainment-2.5-System-Map-Update-V.2018/sku/84360074/en_US/GMNA/USD

Previously the 2016 Volt had new maps, but not the 2017 (different Nav system??). I have a call in to the dealer to see if he'll cover the cost of new maps ($140).

Has anyone else done this? The maps that came with the car don't show restaurants and businesses that have been around for several years, so the maps must be really old. There's some trick about looking up a StarBucks in Detroit, which my Nav fails to show, so it was definitely older than what was available for the 2016 model at the time I bought my 2017.
I bought one of my 2017 Volts in April, 2016, and the other in August 2016 and wanted to update the maps when I encountered the link you listed. I asked GM if the update would, in fact, update my maps, and could they tell me how to determine what the map version was that I had. They bureaucratically told me that if my car was not listed on the updates page, it wouldn't be updated.

I decided to wait for the 2018 update.

Also, my advice is not to assume that the maps will properly include everything. My 2016 version of my 2017 Volt map doesn't include new roads we typically drive on that have been there for 3 or 4 years. Its really a crap shoot.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
677 Posts
With Android Auto and its Google Maps and Waze, I never use the built-in Nav anymore!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
417 Posts
SAVE YOUR MONEY !!!! I just updated my 2014 with the 2018 maps and it leaves a bit to be desired. Get yourself a Garmin or use your phone with Google and/or Waze.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
160 Posts
With Android Auto and its Google Maps and Waze, I never use the built-in Nav anymore!
SAVE YOUR MONEY !!!! I just updated my 2014 with the 2018 maps and it leaves a bit to be desired. Get yourself a Garmin or use your phone with Google and/or Waze.
The OP did not ask "should I get/replace the On-Star Mapping"?

I have a Garmin, and Waze and Google maps, but I also have the Onstar maps, for a reason.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
675 Posts
This is the best part. My phone is in my pocket when I get in the car, and I really don't want to wrangle it out every time I get in. And when I occasionally do -- to charge it -- I frequently wind up leaving it in the car.
I used to leave it all the time until I started putting it in my lap. Now I never do.

With Android Auto and its Google Maps and Waze, I never use the built-in Nav anymore!
+1.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16 Posts
I'm on my 4th Volt (2012, 2013, 2013, 2018) and I have the in-dash-nav. I was pretty disappointed with the new one. My 2013’s had a very advanced GPS. The ability to avoid a waypoint and it would reroute was one of the best features. I've come to use this feature a Lot.

The 2018 doesn't have that feature making route changes while driving more difficult. At the same time, I do understand that most all GPS devices don't have that feature, including Google Maps and WAZE. But that GPS stood out in front of all the others I’ve used.

If I'm missing something, I would appreciate your input.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,228 Posts
What do mean by the 'ability to avoid a waypoint'?
Yes, I'd like to know this too. Skimming through the manual I couldn't find anything about it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16 Posts
When you select the 'green' icon (with a turn indicator) on the top left of the display that lists your waypoints (or streets), you will notice, once the streets are listed, on the right side there's a blue button that says 'Avoid'. If you select one, the GPS will recalculate a new route without using that road you said to avoid. It will actually draw a red line with an X on the map too.

One example, say you have multiple ways of getting home from work. The GPS will only select the most optimized route based on your Navigation Settings. Now, you can see traffic is getting bad, you can tell the GPS to Avoid (by pressing Avoid) taking you down the way it wants, and find you another route.

I used to use this all the time in the Chicago area for selecting I294 or I355.

Most probably aren't even aware of this handy feature as they just use the basic functions.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,228 Posts
When you select the 'green' icon (with a turn indicator) on the top left of the display that lists your waypoints (or streets), you will notice, once the streets are listed, on the right side there's a blue button that says 'Avoid'. If you select one, the GPS will recalculate a new route without using that road you said to avoid. It will actually draw a red line with an X on the map too.
Aha! Well, technically that's not a waypoint, but I can see how this feature would really come in handy. I'll have to try it next time I use the NAV.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16 Posts
I figured it out and it's not in the book.
When listing the streets (or waypoints) there's an up arrow icon on the bottom right. When pressed, this brings up another menu. AVOID is one of the selections. So I take back my 'disappointment' and now am thrilled with the new GPS system. One other big plus is, the turn indicator now appears automatically (regardless of which mode is being presented) on the instrument panel so you don't have to select the widget as I did on my 2012 and (2) 2013's.
 
1 - 20 of 20 Posts
Top