Wednesday 22 January 2020

Where to sir/madam? Just scribble down the address

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Now you can scribble in the address you want to go to and a car's special sat nav will recognise it (well not my scrawl) and give you directions.

It is on the latest Opel Insignia as part of what is an extensive and simplified process in the family/fleet car's new centre console.

The only problem is that unless you are naturally left-handed, then it is a bit more difficult than might appear. And my writing is bad enough with my right hand.

The IntelliLink infotainment system has two display screens and there are four ways of working it – through the 8in colour touchscreen, steering mounted controls, voice recognition and the touchpad which lets you 'write'. I'd say given my experiences with technologically cul-de-sacs on sat navs in particular, a little more care with the handwriting might do wonders for my success rate of arriving where I want to within a reasonable time frame.

The system is not standard but does come with second-level SC trim.

There is no doubt the future areas of differentiation and added-value on cars are going to be what the automakers provide by way of connectivity.

You can write that down.

Irish Independent

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