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Description

If the web browser would support the GeoLocation API, you could use numerous third-party online navigation systems at your leisure. Examples of online navigation systems are: Google Maps, including Google Streetview (this is the real Google Maps, like you use in any other web browser), Nokia Here, Bing Maps, MapQuest, and more.

Also other services, such as Yelp for example, require the GeoLocation API to function.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

No cost, software upgrade.

Currently, the web browser does not allow third party maps, out of commercial reasons, a Tesla sales rep in the Netherlands told me. I’m not convinced that this is correct, but I add it out of completeness.

Status

Now available with v5.9 software.

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Weather Overlay on Map

by -rb

Description

Provide a weather overlay for the map, consisting of either a temperature-shaded gradient (blue for cold, orange for hot), and/or a radar view showing current precipitation.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Status

Unknown.

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Trip Planning App

by hasselboxster

Description

Could be implemented on their website, the mobile app or within the car itself.  You should be able to plan a trip, based on current conditions (wind, temperature, direction, etc.), speed and route.  A recommended “safe” margin can be established.  This would not be too dissimilar to flight planning in aviation.  GPS system and maps need to be EV-friendly, and terrain-aware.

If planning a longer trip, should include stops at charging locations and approximate wait time based on charging hookup (120V, 240V, supercharger, etc).

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Software and UI only.

Status

Tesla has hinted that such a feature may be available in the future.

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Description

When displaying the Superchargers, change the icons and notes to indicate how many total stations are at the location and how many are available (not in use).

Also would be nice to show actual superchargers with a different icon or color than non-superchargers (the in-car map with v4.5 software) shows all charging locations at the same.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Status

The 7.1 software release includes Supercharger status on the icon. A tap shows additional details about closures and other issues.

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Description

The Waze navigation app is different from other solutions in that it integrates information from all its users in real-time. If you don’t know it, you may want to try it. For more information, visit the Waze homepage.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

There are Waze apps for Android and iOS. I am not aware of any existing built-in sat nav solutions that integrate Waze.

Integration of Waze in Tesla’s on-board system would require access to GPS and internet, at a minimum. Being able to display the Waze navigation in the instrument cluster (rather than on the touch screen only) would be an added bonus.

Moderator: Note that Google has not made a API available for license, so until one is available, no carmaker can integrate Waze into a car.  It still can be made available via the web.

Status

In the works (Rumor Mill).

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Safety Camera Database

by cwhite262

Description

There are databases of safety/speed cameras. On most Garmin GPS units, you can buy a subscription to the location of safety cameras. When approaching a fixed position safety camera, the nav system gives you an audible alert and visual indication of speed.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

To implement this feature you need the ability to integrate safety camera database into the nav system.  A Garmin subscription was $25/year but was discontinued in 2020.

Status

Unknown.

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Description

When headed somewhere on a highway trip, say to a lake, the nav system should notify when the car is approaching The Point of No Return, the distance and energy to get back to where I came from.

If you typed in your destination it should be a simple add-on to the computer. It knows how much energy you’ve got left and should let me know that my destination requires a place to recharge, or other actions may be necessary, such as returning home.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

A mix of navigation location status with energy usage, something only Tesla can provide.  Does not seem like a difficult task, but not trivial either.

Status

Implemented with 6.2 software.

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Description

Google API provides this information and there are times when it would be convenient/useful/interesting to see it in the Nav or other screen.  When doing “advanced energy planning” it can also come in handy.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Not a big one, but still nifty and different. Should be no cost.

Status

Unknown.

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Description

When navigating to a location, offer three or four choices, perhaps as fastest, shortest, cheapest (i.e. no toll roads). Each route would show the number of miles, estimated time, and the actual route on the map with different colors to identify each route. If no selection is made within say 10 seconds, default to the fastest choice.

Lexus Navigation Routing

A choice based on shortest time based on current traffic would be fantastic, although we are unaware of any current car navigation system that has this feature.  Another routing consideration should be where superchargers are located (for longer routes). In this example, Quick2 may be the only route that truly works, with a stop at the Harris Ranch supercharger.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Some of more advanced navigation systems offer this or close to this level of functionality.

Status

Hopeful.

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Description

Button to switch primary map orientation between the direction of travel or oriented north.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Most (all?) competitive navigation systems provide this option.

Status

Available with version 5.0+ software.

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Description

For the maps include Points Of Interest (POI) with options to select categories such as Supercharger stations, general charging stations, service stations, restaurants, fast-food, grocery stores, hardware stores, parks, monuments, etc.

Ideally when POI is active, the items would appear on the map as icons, related to the type, and some may even show the brand. For example, if Hardware was selected, the icons could represent Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, etc.

It should be easy to activate/deactivate POI, since it can clutter the map if zoomed out and/or there are many hits for a location, as commonly occurs with the restaurant category.

Touching a POI icon should bring up more info about the POI and may include buttons to phone and/or Route to the location. A plus is a link to the related website and/or search for more on the POI.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Most high-end navigation systems include POI. The Lexus implementation is one of the better ones. POI databases are generally stored locally and require a map/POI update purchase periodically to get current info. Lexus charges about $250 for an update.

Status

Hopefully to be included in a future update.

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