Satellite navigation is incredibly accurate these days and light years ahead of what we used only a few years ago. There are many features built in to modern standalone systems and smartphone navigation software, but there is still some way to go before we can rely on digital navigation in place of our natural instincts.
Traffic monitoring has always been hit and miss, but is reaching the point where 98% accuracy is not uncommon. TomTom’s HD Traffic is a good example, but the reliance upon mobile networks and incredibly complex software that has to work out what is ahead means that all traffic systems have their bad days. When we can reach a point where services are available that mean you ‘always’ avoid traffic, we will be happy. The obvious problem is that not everyone can avoid the traffic because there are simply not enough roads to carry everyone so maybe the dream of a 100% traffic-free existence can never happen.
Alternative routes are available with some systems, such as Co-Pilot, and this should be standard on all services by now. Not everyone wants to travel the same way for many different reasons and being about to visually pick from 3 different routes makes a lot of sense. We should also be able to save routes because each of us may have a preferred journey to work and tweaking that journey every single day is needlessly annoying.
Finally, the choices should also cover every possible aspect of human preference.
Economy of the vehicle being used, the scenic route, the fastest, the safest etc. etc. Every human should be able to choose the ‘exact’ route they want to take based on their personal tastes. Driving is very personal and a different experience for each individual and so satellite navigation solutions should mirror that.
We are about 80% towards near-perfect navigation solutions and the final 20% may be the hardest of all to achieve.