Can you help? – The mysterious Saab 9-5 navigation icon

I got this question in from a friend in Sweden yesterday and it’s one that I can’t answer. I sent it on to another 9-5 owner and he can’t answer it either. Both have read their navigation manuals thoroughly but still there seems to be no answer to this question.

I tried an email to a contact at Saab but it bounced. I thought we might try to crowd-source this one before I try again.

Enclosed you will find two pictures, neither my boss (who owns the car) or the mechanic at his Saab workshop knows what the circled symbol with the little car means.

Sometimes it’s lit and sometimes it’s not….anyone that knows?

Here are the images. The first one shows the symbol (circled) in full context of the nav screen. The second shows a better angle so you can see the symbol lit up in green. I assume that sometimes it’s greyed out, like the ones to the right.

Any concrete knowledge as to what this one means would be welcome!

Yerrun
Guest
Yerrun
5 years 7 months ago

Just an initial guess.. the car symbol on the navigation screen in our 9-3 is based on the TMC (traffic message channel). A green symbol means no traffic problems. A red means queing traffic. Could it have something to do with that?

Yerrun
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Yerrun
5 years 7 months ago

Just an initial guess.. the car symbol on the navigation screen in our 9-3 is based on the TMC (traffic message channel). A green symbol means no traffic problems. A red means queing traffic. Could it have something to do with that?

Christofer
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Christofer
5 years 7 months ago

+1 That would be my guess too that it has something to do with TMC.

/Christofer

Ryan McLean
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Ryan McLean
5 years 7 months ago

That could make sense. I have a similar icon that comes up on my (Aftermaket) nav system. Mine downloads the traffic data off of FM radio stations (Embedded in their radio broadcast) and no car = no traffic info.

Steve C.
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Steve C.
5 years 7 months ago

Yerrun makes a great inference. Is there any mention if this is acting as an indicator or if someting happens when the symbol is pressed? I’m hoping they would have tried pressing the symbol to see what happened.

Jr.
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Jr.
5 years 7 months ago

First of all; the GUI looks horrible. Not as bad as the satnav in my ’04 9-5, but really, hasn’t we come a bit further in those years?

Second; how can it not be stated in the manual what that icon stands for?

Chris Carrier
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Chris Carrier
5 years 7 months ago

It’s actually quite nice. There are many screens — that is but one.

mcwill
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mcwill
5 years 7 months ago

I think this just indicates if the satnav is active and connected. The Bluetooth symbol on the far right only lights up when your phone has an active connection to the car.

Nicola
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Nicola
5 years 7 months ago

+1

Now it’s bed time here around (Italy) 🙂
I’ll try it tomorrow.

S.P.
Guest
S.P.
5 years 7 months ago

Could it an indicator that tells if navigation with directions is active?

Mikaik
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Mikaik
5 years 7 months ago

Since it only has two states (green/grey), I’d say it’s the gps signal indicator. The traffic info should have three states (the 9-3 one has green, yellow, red).

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
5 years 7 months ago

Jr.
You are so right. Guess Saab has not had the resources to make their own GUI.
I would be more than interested to design the future screens. If http://www.foi.se can make it right in the Saab 39 Gripen Cockpit sure we can make it in a road going Saab…..

Thylmuc
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Thylmuc
5 years 7 months ago

While a nice offer, I prefer maintaining my previous suggestion to completely switch to smartphone navigation. As a Dutch company, preferably TomTom ;-). These apps can be skinned too, so Saab specific colours/car symbols should be possible. Cooperate with the manufacturer to include into the mount a pathway for transmitting speed signals.

wilfried
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wilfried
5 years 7 months ago

Creating your own aurora borealis around your 9-5 ?

Nicola
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Nicola
5 years 7 months ago

’06 SatNav was having the option to automatically switch to “north up” if scale was 10km or bigger.
This was good to avoid a unuseful rotating map while travelling onto a off-town twisty road.
I miss it.

chunky
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chunky
5 years 7 months ago

tThe car icon is for TMC!

Nicola
Guest
Nicola
5 years 7 months ago

It’s not for GPS, I was in a tunnel, GPS signal was off, icon was still green.

Red J
Guest
5 years 7 months ago

I’ve read the Chevy Equinox and the Cadillac SRX navigation system manual, and first of all those manuals are really bad.

My only conclusion after going through the manual is, that this symbol indicates if TMC (some countries in Europe) XMNavTraffic (US) is available.

When switching to the map view, a similar Icon can be seen in the lower left corner. that symbol has 3 states.
No symbol: no Traffic data available or no traffic events.
one car: Traffic data available but no event in your route
multiple cars: traffic event in your route

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