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GPS Navigation: Do I have to have a smartphone with a data plan?

It has been discussed in some other places that the Bolt navigation featured will be driven by Apple Car Play and Android Auto. This has some positive and negative aspects. The positives that I see is that it will not be required to go to the dealer for system updates and that because it is relying on Google or Apple map data, you will not have to pay upwards of $150 or more to get updated map data.
However, these systems require smartphone integration and this presents a unique problem for some folks.
Here we can discuss what is specifically required and if there are any workarounds for those who may not have a cell phone or smart phone and may not want to incur that expense.
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Here are links to the Apple and Android pages for starters

https://www.android.com/auto/

http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/
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I don't think there's really a way around getting a smartphone, if you take a look at the linked pages you'll see that they specifically mention the phone.
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Really doesn't look like there's a way around it.



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So here is a thought. Pick up a used phone that meets the requirements and don't activate it. Download the map data over WiFi at home and then theoretically you should be good to go. You can pick up a Nexus 5x which is one of the newest android phones and running the latest and greatest version of android for between $150 and $200.

Is there anyone who has a vehicle with Android Auto who can confirm that this works?

I would think the same could probably be done with iOS and Apple Carplay.
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Thanks Mr."astrickin" that sounds like a reasonable work around.
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So here is a thought. Pick up a used phone that meets the requirements and don't activate it. Download the map data over WiFi at home and then theoretically you should be good to go. You can pick up a Nexus 5x which is one of the newest android phones and running the latest and greatest version of android for between $150 and $200.

Is there anyone who has a vehicle with Android Auto who can confirm that this works?

I would think the same could probably be done with iOS and Apple Carplay.
I don't see why that wouldn't work... seems to make sense. I have quite a few old iPhones kicking around at home somewhere
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However, these systems require smartphone integration and this presents a unique problem for some folks.
Here we can discuss what is specifically required and if there are any workarounds for those who may not have a cell phone or smart phone and may not want to incur that expense.

So just go "old-school' and use a paper map. I still keep them in my glove box, since I use them "offline" (when the car is parked and off), my present 2009 Chevy Equinox doesn't have any navigation system (OnStar doesn't work in Puerto Rico), and I save time and energy planning my trips without needed a "step-by-step" navigation system. People have been navigating with paper maps for centuries!

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I can't remember the last time I've seen or heard someone using a paper map. The most oldschool thing I've remembered was people using print outs of google maps directions lol
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I can't remember the last time I've seen or heard someone using a paper map. The most oldschool thing I've remembered was people using print outs of google maps directions lol
My wife has a tank bag for her motorcycle with a map display pocket, and does use it on our long trips. I have a GPS on my bike, but when planning long trips or just roaming for a week or so, a paper map is much better at giving the big picture.

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