Did they say anything about the cost ($200?) I understand its on a flash drive, but takes an hour or so to upload which means it probably should be done during a road trip instead of the dealership (to save the battery)?I checked today to see when an update would be out for the 2012 Azera. They reported it would be in February 2014.
I also owned a 2011 Sonata. I purchased two updates. Both were $199. The first update required that the vehicle be running during the update (about an hour). The second didn't require the car to be running, and took about 45 minutes. In addition to the $199 price for the update, Map-n-Soft also charges $20 for the USB stick the update comes on. The pricing is absolutely ridiculous!Map 'n Soft had updates for the 2011 Sonata for a time at $99. The update reportedly also fixed some bugs in the NAV and voice recognition system; for example the Last Name, First Name calling was fixed. The bad news was that they also created a new bug that eliminated the outside temp. They eventually fixed that and gave that update free to people who had purchased the buggy update.
I was considering getting the update, but then I decided to trade the Sonata for the Azera around the time they had finally fixed the software.
I agree that $200-$300 is quite expensive for an update. At $99 I'll do it.
Agree!!!I also owned a 2011 Sonata. I purchased two updates. Both were $199. The first update required that the vehicle be running during the update (about an hour). The second didn't require the car to be running, and took about 45 minutes. In addition to the $199 price for the update, Map-n-Soft also charges $20 for the USB stick the update comes on. The pricing is absolutely ridiculous!
The reason updates are so expensive has to do with the way map data is obtained. The major map suppliers, like NAVTEQ and TomTom, provide the raw data, but each navigation supplier has to integrate that data into their own mapping software. If they are selling millions of similar products, ie. Garmin, Magellan, etc. then the economies of scale allow low-cost or no-cost upgrades. That is why, regardless of model, most Garmin handhelds have exactly the same navigation screens and features. In the auto industry, manufacturers insist on making each make and model's navigation unique, and they change things every few years to make it appear new. That makes it a lot more expensive because they don't get the economies of scale that would be possible with more standardized navigation. In the automotive aftermarket, navigation systems use the same nav software regardless of what kind of vehicle the unit is sold for. There, map upgrades are around $80 per year, more in line with what Garmin charges for the units that do not come with lifetime upgrades.Really no reason to charge 200 bucks for a map update. The GPS was included in the price of the car updates should be more cost effective. $200 bucks is excessive. Sounds like a gouge!
Go for the top of the line.... it appears that you keep your car for a long time so enjoy all the goodies .... remember you only live once so go for it :=)This article sums up the different choices (factory, aftermarket, portable, smartphone) for navigation, and their pros and cons: Should I Buy a Car's Factory Navigation System?.
I am currently deciding between the Base and Limited 2014 models and one of the notable differences is the Limited comes with navigation. I currently use CoPilot Premium USA on a 5" Android tablet (it is full featured and excellent) and will either continue to use it, or I may spring for the Limited model if the new 8" version in the 2014 is a real upgrade from the current system. Some of the other upgrades available on the Limited are of some value to me (memory seats, better audio) but it will take a good navigation system to make enough of a difference for me to choose the additional $3,750 cost of the Limited.