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just got an 18 and want to update maps...checked vw site but atlas is missing and can't seem to find anything about it...anyone done an update?
 

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so much for yearly updates then...2 years with no updates doesn't make sense. can updates (whenever it becomes available) be downloaded or dealer install? chose some random car at vw site and have to buy from dealer.
 

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so much for yearly updates then...2 years with no updates doesn't make sense. can updates (whenever it becomes available) be downloaded or dealer install? chose some random car at vw site and have to buy from dealer.
Let me save you some money. Don't update. This is my 2nd VW w/Nav and just like the 2013 Passat, just use your phone and PRIMARY or get a much better (imo) Garmin that has FREE traffic and UPDATES. The issue I have with VW's nav system is, it's slow to react (you pass your turn sometimes before it says TURN. It can't always find where your going either. I've taken 4 road trips. That's why my 2019 Atlas SEL Premium has 9500 miles on it. From Detroit, went to WI, MA, TN and MS. That trip to MS was 2800 miles round trip (did some side trips in TN for the 2nd time) looking for homesteads. So, when my VWNet was still active, I used it to upload places we wanted to see. It found like 80, maybe 90% of where we wanted to go and even then, wasn't on the money. Sucks if you are in the middle of no where, have bad cell service and trying to find a address. I have a 2011 Town and Country. Not once have I updated it and it's pretty much on the mark and is faster in operation then the VW. And another reason. I've taken no less then 10 trips to Sturgeon Bay WI in the last 10/11 years. 57/42 from Green Bay to SB has been "redone" years ago. Even with the updates on my Garmin, it does not show the update and it's a MAJOR change. So, why would I spend $100+ bucks for a update that might do updates but not every thing? And for me, it's not changing anything where I travel so I don't bother. My phone is the MOST up to date and with google (or apple's) phone to car app, you get the LATEST right on your phone to your screen. So, spend your money on some mud flaps or other cool stuff and don't waist your money on the map updates.. This is my 4th VW, my 2nd with the wiz bang Fender sound system w/nav, etc. Don't trust or waist your money on the Nav system. IT SUCKS! (I really hope VW reads this) Just my 2 cents.
 

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I totally agree with NO UPDATES needed. Use your phone apps. I like Google Maps with carplay. More up to date and can save offline maps (When out of cell range) and traffic. Try Satellite mode, like driving with a drone following you, pretty cool. I also owned Toyota 4runners for about 14 years and hated the navigation (Got me lost several times or can not find an address in remote areas) and will NOT pay the exorbitant prices to upgrade for a nav I disliked. I do not mind VW Nav for local travel but will use Google Maps when on a long drive.
 

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wish aa/cp screen could be moved to the dash screen but yeah i do use aa and prefer it to any built in nav. not sure if updated maps will also update base software for the infotainment system as it does on my genesis .
 

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I keep a plugin Garmin GPS in my car center console. Ninety nine percent of the time I use Google Maps through CarPlay, since I have unlimited data. However, I find CarPlay connections a little sketchy sometimes. Recently, I was passing through Washington DC and got stuck on the interstate due to a major accident backed up for at least three exits. I got off and Google Maps kept on sending me back to the same area (and I was very distracted using the infotainment screen/voice commands) whereas.the Garmin easily rerouted my around the accident.
I don't know if it was Google Maps or my lesser experience with CarPlay.
 

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I keep a plugin Garmin GPS in my car center console. Ninety nine percent of the time I use Google Maps through CarPlay, since I have unlimited data. However, I find CarPlay connections a little sketchy sometimes. Recently, I was passing through Washington DC and got stuck on the interstate due to a major accident backed up for at least three exits. I got off and Google Maps kept on sending me back to the same area (and I was very distracted using the infotainment screen/voice commands) whereas.the Garmin easily rerouted my around the accident.
I don't know if it was Google Maps or my lesser experience with CarPlay.
 

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I have both Google and Waze apps for car play. Waze has a different look than google, but works well and has some interactive options.
 

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I'm terribly disappointed with VW navigation updates! I got the SEL version for the features not to rely on Apple Carplay and my iPhone.
 

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wow still no updates.


i do like the built in nav for its features and responsiveness. ability to move it to the digital cockpit is also cool. but prefer the connected features of aa much more so can't see myself using the built in for travel. it would be fine for quick local use though. anyone know if vw updates also update the software version of the infotainment system? updates on my genesis will also update the core software to fix bugs and add new features/options.
 

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I have a 2019 Atlas SEL. The latest maps are dated Jan 2019. I have been getting a run around from corporate re updates. Today I was told VW is moving to using Apple Carplay for maps. That does not help me! I agree that Garmin has a much better update system but I did not pay the premium price for the SEL navigation system to switch back to a Garmin.
 

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Totally agree. The maps in the 2019 SEL are dated Jan 2019. Gamin releases update numerous times during the year. If you purchase your VW in Germany, you can download maps online. I have been getting nothing but a runaround from VW corporate. Last thing I was told is that VW is moving to Apple Maps and I should use the maps in a cell phone. I send a letter to the VW CEO last week. Let's see what they have to say (probably nothing).
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No Atlas and nothing for US or Canada for any of the other model.

I would have fine with google android auto but I can't view that on my dashboard. Only the base one is allowed. Viewing the maps on the dashboard was a one of the selling point of the car to me.
 

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It is only for European customers. VW USA does not seem to care!

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I would thought after Dieselgate they would changed their attitude but I guess not. They do have Mexico in their Non european bundle. Just the USA and Canada got shafted.

Just sent them a scating reply on the their social media page

 

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I contacted VW USA corporate. They reply was that VW is moving towards using a smartphone interface for maps. I asked them what to do if you do not have a smartphone? So I should use smartphone data which I pay for instead of the nav system the car comes with! The 2021 VW Atlas also has 2019 maps. Pathetic!
 

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they should learn from genesis which recently moved to free updates. just updated my 2015 with latest maps released last month. granted i mainly use aa for long distance navigation but thats beside the point. so vw is telling its customers that an included premium feature is basically abandoned and to use your own phone? they are still advertising navigation as a feature so that is pretty lame excuse. not sure how updates work on the vw platform but map updates at least on the genesis not only include updated maps but also adds new features and fixes bugs with the infotainment software itself.

Navigation Updater | Official Genesis Navigation Update Website
 

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just got an 18 and want to update maps...checked vw site but atlas is missing and can't seem to find anything about it...anyone done an update?
Don't hold your breath! I just chatted with HERE Navigation, the company that supplies the SD card with the maps. They said that they haven't released and don't have any known plans to release a map update for the Atlas. :(
 

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That is totally unacceptable. I spent the extra money for the SEL in order to get the navigation. Now the maps are 2 years out of date. Even the owner's manual states that the maps should be updated annually. I have been in contact with VW corporate. Their response is that VW is moving towards using Apple or Goggle maps from your cell phone. Again, unacceptable.

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