2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Navigation Hiccups
February 27, 2013
Overall, the navigation system in the Jaguar was a big help during a road trip to Phoenix. There were some glitches, however. Once, the system wouldn't let us set a restaurant as the destination. It didn't recognize the address as existing on that street, and I have no idea why. We bailed out and used Google Maps on a smartphone. (The "unnamed road" message shown here was no big deal, by the way. As with most systems, it's indicating a parking lot or the odd connector ramp.)
On two other occasions, the system's turn-by-turn voice commands (hereafter known as Miss Guided) went haywire. The first time it happened, I was alone and headed to my first visit to the Desert Botanical Garden. It was a perfect navigation test: a solo traveler headed someplace she'd never been.
About halfway through the trip, Miss Guided told me to make a right turn. Since I was on a freeway at the time, an actual right turn wasn't an option. There was an off-ramp to my right, however, so I took it, even though I instinctively knew I shouldn't.
I was now in a somewhat sketchy part of town, with no botanical garden in sight. The next guidance was to get back on the freeway, going the way I'd been going. Weird.
When the next few excursions went off without a hitch, I began thinking that the detour was my fault, that I'd heard the directions wrong. But then it happened again, and this time, I had a witness. My husband was driving and as we exited the freeway, Miss Guided regurgitated the exact turn she'd given a few minutes before. It sounded like an old-fashioned record skip.
We ignored her. Her next directions were spot-on, but we gave Miss Guided the night off anyway.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @18,981 miles