Some of us love the Sat Navs in ours cars and some don’t but here is a little story from Lars Peterssson and his trip to Madrid.
This is a story about Saab Infotainment system and a trip to Madrid.
My Saab 9-3 has an infotainment system and with that follows a built in lady. This lady seems to be well educated since she speaks many languages. So far she has helped me to translate Danish, German, French and Spanish messages to plain Swedish when I have travelled. She also helps me to keep my hands on the steering wheel when I want to change radio channel, CD and so on so I am very fond of her.
My wife and I realized that we had to go to Sweden 2700 km or to the Swedish ambassad in Madrid 468 km to get some work done. Since we have a dog and some cats fly to Sweden is not the best choice so we decided to go to Madrid. The cats could be home for a day or two and we brought the dog with us.
The open time on the ambassad is 10 – 12.30 so we decided to leave 5.30 in the morning but first I had to put in the address in the navi system. Then I got three choose on the screen – fastest, shortest and other. I selected the fastest way but then the Saab-lady informed me that this is not according to your basic settlement. Well, well that’s good I said now we take off. It was dark during the two first hours so we don’t saw much of the nature but we followed the lady when she told do so and so. I have changed flight in Madrid airport but never been driving in Madrid so I was a little eager to see it.
In this info system there is also a TMC-icon in shape of a car that can be green, yellow and red depending on I f you have chosen a route or not and how that the traffic jam looks. After some hour the icon changed from green to red and in the same moment the Saab-lady told me that there is traffic jam in about 5 km. Do you want to change route comes on the screen. No, I clicked. The traffic was not so heavy. Later I saw the motorway had just one field and under the trip to Madrid there were about 20 works on the motorway and the Saab-lady told me the problem every time but it was no such problem that can be on German autobahn.
We reached the ambassad after about 5 hours and one hour later began our return but first I had to put in my address. The same happen as last time. The lady told me that the selected route was not according to my basic settlement. I said yes, yes and we went on. After some hours we stopped to eat and refill fuel. It was here the later problem occurred.
A little later we travelled further on the motorway but when we came outside the town Albacete the Saab-lady told me to travel through Albacete. Why I thought. Maybe there is a traffic jam on the motorway I thought so we went through the town and continued on a national way. I took a look at the screen and saw that the arriving time had been moved two hours later than before. Because of that we took the first possibility to go on the motorway again. Then the Saab-lady begun to tell us at every turn-off to just turn-off and continue on the national way. After ten requests from the Saab-lady I became tired of her and went off the motorway and stopped to see what was wrong.
I recognized that I some time ago had changed the basic settlement to avoid motorway. But why became the problem after our stop? I think it was because at that time I did not select what kind of way home I wanted. If I had did that that could have overtaken for the basic settlement. Now the system thought that I wanted to avoid motorways.
So the conclusion is – listen to what a lady says and the Saab-Navi will work fine.
I must say I am impressed of the Madrid people. The traffic in Madrid is quit heavy and many people double-park but the traffic moved smooth and well as I could see.
Thank you Lars.
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Ambassad is embassy in english for those of you who wondered.
This is completely unrelated to the above article. But I’ve located what I believe to be the first of the Australian reviews of the 9-5. Its done by Car Advice and they give it a pretty good review. You can find it at:
I’m not sure if that’ll hyperlink itself or if I have to do some fancy typing stuff. But its not really that hard to copy and paste 🙂
A great review.
I have never owned a car with SatNav…. but it sounds like a great thing to have if you travel a lot or perhaps, not so good with map and compass 😉
Oh yeah, nice looking ride 🙂
Nope map compass and stopwatch for me every time, even in heavy rain and fog, whilst on the phone in the dark of early morning, smoking a fag, drinking strong black coffee, tuning the radio in the the latest war story…(LIBYA) and speeding. I’ve never had a crash that’s my fault either-its those Nissan micra drivers, or there’s a van that some frenchies made to look like a car for folks that can’t afford a micra-well beware…. looking at their damn info systems wondering how the hell they ended up on the M25 then trying to reverse or U- turn. Don’t ever rely on satnav or google eventually you will end up brain dead & watching sit-coms. Spark it up only when you are lost and not because you doubt you abilities as a human being to find your way at the start of your journey.
Great review indeed! but i am a bit confused, you live in spain or?
Hi Viggen. No, I live in Sweden but spend a lot of time in the south-east of Spain.
Hi, thanks for the answer. now i understand 🙂
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