It is imperative that you periodically download map updates for your Sony GPS to ensure that your equipment is accurate before taking a trip. You must be logged in either as an administrator or a user who holds administrative rights in order to download and install new files to your GPS.Select your country from the drop down box beneath "Option 1."Type the Sony GPS model number for your navigational system into the box provided beneath your country.If you do not know the model number for your Sony GPS, select "Option 2" and choose your navigational system from the provided list.Select your current computer operating system using the drop-down box. At the prompt to accept the map update, accept the terms and the installation will begin. Click "Finish" when you see the "Update Complete" window pop up.It can be a bitter pill to swallow, but it's a price we'd gladly pay to make sure that we actually get where we're trying to go.
Garmin and other GPS makers have transitioned in a significant way to free product lifetime map updates for a range of products including sports and golf GPS.Updating the maps on your GPS device used to be a complete pain in the butt.You'd have to order your update on CD, DVD, or SD card and wait for it to arrive in the mail.Additionally, most new GPS devices feature some sort of map guarantee that entitles users to one update to the newest map data within the first 30 days of ownership, free of charge.
So, there's really no excuse to put up with outdated maps, even if you've purchased an older GPS unit.
This week, we're taking a look at the process of updating the map data on Garmin's Nuvi line of portable navigation devices.