2008 Scion xB Long-Term Road Test

2008 Scion xB: I Can See My House from Here!

July 09, 2008

Scion Navigation System Screen

As I pulled into my parking garage last night, I was struck by this image on the nav screen. The Toyota/Scion/Lexus system features truly amazing map detail, displaying the outlines of large buildings that Google Maps only recently began doing. Some are more accurate than others, though. That building outline is exactly what my apartment complex looks like, although curiously, the 30-story building located directly south on Wilshire is M.I.A. Also, that blue spot isn't some random rectangular urban lake, it's an apartment -- not sure why they get a special color.

I was also struck by how ridiculously accurate GPS is -- that is exactly where my car was located inside the building (and with four floors above me). Having said that, though, please don't rob me. If you plan on burgling someone, try that long rectangular building north of mine -- Magrath lives there. He drives home much nicer cars and keeps large stashes of gold bouillon in his closet.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 20,444 miles

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