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Click & Clack Talk Cars “The Tappet Brothers’’ By Ray Magliozzi Does my GPs neeD an uPDate? BY RAY MAGLIOZZI Dear Car Talk: I received a letter stating that I can now update the factory GPS in my 2015 Ford Explorer. I was under the impression that a factory-installed GPS would automatically update itself. built-in GPS, then you have the opportunity to switch over to a superior mapping system that’s completely free -- unless you count them knowing everything about your every movement as a form of payment. Should I pay the $150 for the We’re talking about Google Maps, update, or am I being scammed? which is available, and constantly -- Thom updated, on any smartphone. It’s Yes, and yes. easiest to use if your car has Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which Yes, you should probably update it, and yes, you’re being scammed. mirrors your phone’s screen on your Most factory-installed car’s screen. GPS systems do not update themselves. We’re starting to see more over-the-air updating now, but it wasn’t around when you bought your 2015 Explorer. And since you probably spent $1,000 for the navigation system, you’d think they would update it for free, right? Mmm ... no. But even if you don’t have that technology, you can come close with a good phone holder that puts the phone high up in your line of sight while you’re driving, so you’re not taking your eyes off the road to look down at it. There are some pretty good phone holders that clip to your air vents, and others whose base sits in your cup holder, with a long gooseneck to bring the phone up to eye level. Now, not a lot changes in terms of roads. They tend to stay put. But things do change slowly over time. Roads get rerouted or In our experience, Google changed for safety, streets get Maps is up to date, easy to use renamed, bridges get replaced, and factors the most accurate traffic patterns are modified. traffic conditions into its So, if you use the navigation navigation instructions. system often, and drive a lot The choice is yours, Thom. in unfamiliar places, then it’s But one way or another, it might probably worth updating every be time for an update. four or five years. *** Here’s a good test: If you’re following your navigation Got a question about cars? instructions, and you suddenly Write to Ray in care of King find yourself being passed by a Features, 628 Virginia Drive, sailboat, it’s time for an update. Orlando, FL 32803, or email by It can be a pain in the butt to visiting the Car Talk website at do the update yourself. It’s not www.cartalk.com. always user-friendly. If your Ford *** dealer is willing to install the (c) 2019 by Ray Magliozzi and update for you for $150, that’s not a bad price. We’ve seen Doug Berman much worse (Hello, Honda!). Distributed by King Features If you’re not wedded to the Syndicate, Inc.