I bought a new car a few months ago. Traded my SLK230 for an SLK250. Higher number. Smaller engine. Well played Mercedes.
It’s been 15 years since my last new car. Lots has changed.
I like having Bluetooth. I like satellite radio. This car feels more substantial… and it’s a lot less noisy.
And then there’s the GPS. It uses traffic reports from the satellite radio for route planning. It even checks for faster routes while in motion.
I got the car and gave it free reign, clicking the button that made the GPS boss. All of a sudden my routes looked like I was trying to avoid being tailed! Exits. Side streets. Crazy detours. I’m learning the area. Sometimes there’s no choice but to follow.
This time I clicked the ‘ask me first’ button. Now the weirdness made sense. The GPS has a hair trigger. If it could shave seconds, it would try.
Problem is the information it receives is full of little errors that momentarily make slow roads look fast. So, I get messages like this:
Traffic Jam On Your Route
approx. 1 min Faster
Approx. 200 ft Longer
I’m sure this feature is great, but someone’s got to turn the sensitivity down. Right now it’s too much technology run amok!