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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiredwrx
    I did. Now I am big pimpin in a GS400.

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    But here´s the thing, if the companies making the software for cars sold a version that worked on PC´S as well, they´d make even more money. Not many people are into installing computers in their car, so it´s not like it would be a threat to the car manufacturer´s market or anything, and it would enable those that DO wish to do the custom installs to have a really great system

    I can´t even remember the last time i paid for software, and i would DEFINETLY pay over $300 for a top-end OEM GPS package that works like a top-end luxury car´s in a blink of an eye.

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    Yeah, but it would be more difficult for them as they would need to support more platforms, and adapt to different hardware/os...

    The way they have it now is their system, top to bottom...They spec it the way they want... start fiddling with the middle-ware and stuff goes wrong.

    Not counting any cost to port the stuff over to "our" platforms...

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    Also, remember that manufacturers have deep pockets. The SW that is developed, even if not done in house, is covered by copyright held by the car manufacturers. And, once that SW gets into the market, it will be reverse engineered, and that special Lexus NAVI system all of a sudden isn't so special anymore.

    And, car manufacturers are in the business of selling cars (and supporting those cars) and not selling software.

    A company that makes several thousand dollars on a car, has no desire to make a couple hundred on SW. It just isn't cost effective for them.

    And, just because you might be willing to shell out a couple hundred bucks (Unlikely if you haven't shelled out a couple hundred bucks for your OS, Wordprocessor, etc or any other SW) Doesn't mean there is a large community of people who will.

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    They have to make some sort of SDK for their embedded platforms, and it CAN´T be that hard to port the SDK over to a x86 platform. Make it with MFC, and make it support the standard GPS protocol and it would work. I know lots of people that would pay good money to have that software, so that right there is worth more than $1000.

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    IMO almost no one would buy it for $1000... especially not for personal use!

    Especially any of us here! Geez, we spend most of our time (ok, not most but whenever we can) bashing companies that sell carpc systems for 3000$-10000$, so do you see anyone paying 1000$ just for a GPS application?!?!?!?! Imagine how hard that would be to interface to other frontends too, and these companies are usually slow to develop changes/addons, so overall I think it is unrealistic...

    Another thing I found out very recently (yesterday) is that not only is OEM GPS software so much better, OEM GPS HARDWARE is even further along in comparison! wow, buh-bye BU-303!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyN
    Another thing I found out very recently (yesterday) is that not only is OEM GPS software so much better, OEM GPS HARDWARE is even further along in comparison! wow, buh-bye BU-303!
    Well there are OEM modules which you can use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyN

    Another thing I found out very recently (yesterday) is that not only is OEM GPS software so much better, OEM GPS HARDWARE is even further along in comparison! wow, buh-bye BU-303!

    How so?
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    Quote Originally Posted by proTONEd
    Well there are OEM modules which you can use.
    that is exactly what I am talking about!

    Reception with the Garmin module is 10x better than my BU-303! I was just mentioning that... I know there are OEM modules, and I am now using one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyN
    that is exactly what I am talking about!

    Reception with the Garmin module is 10x better than my BU-303! I was just mentioning that... I know there are OEM modules, and I am now using one!
    Probably because the BU-303 is a POS
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