Nowadays, everyone uses navigation to get around. Whether you are going to somewhere you have never been or just using it to find the fastest way to get home that day, most people use navigation almost every day. In this article, we are going to give you an introduction to navigation and the benefits of having it easily accessible right in your car stereo.

Why do I need a car stereo with navigation?

Before we begin to talk about the different navigation options you have available, first, it’s important to discuss why you need it in your dash in the first place. Everyone has a smartphone that has some sort of navigation app on it these days. So why would you also need it in your car stereo also? The most obvious answer is convenience and safety. Having it in front you will allow you to stay focused on the road. You can now quickly glance down at your navigation instead of scrambling for your phone and having to take your eyes completely off the road ahead. 

Types of navigation

The two main types of navigation we are going to talk about is built-in navigation and navigation apps that are accessed through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Built-in navigation

One way of getting navigation in nearly any vehicle is by purchasing a car stereo with it built-in. These services will utilize either their proprietary software or they will use services like Garmin. The nice thing about this feature is the ease of use. All you have to do is hit the navigation button on the menu and you are ready to go. This gives you the feel like your car came from the factory with navigation built-in. There are no extra steps once your head unit is installed. Just type in the address and you’re ready to go. 

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Navigation apps on Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

This option is probably the most popular option when it comes to aftermarket head units today. This gives you the ability to choose which navigation app you want to use, whether that is Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Waze. Plus by using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, you can control everything through your virtual assistant like Siri or Google Assistant. These will also allow you to have access to up to date traffic information as well as giving you the ability to avoid tolls and interstates whenever you want. The functionality will be incredibly familiar as they have a very similar interface to what you would normally see on your phone. 

Whichever option you choose, make sure to visit our website to see what car stereos we have available that offer these useful features. Also, check out our other articles outlining everything else you need to know about car stereos today.