The Nuvi has a toolbar at the top of the screen that shows the name of the current road/street/whatever
that you are driving on. This toolbar is an active button and if you press it, it lists all the turns from that
point on. Sometimes that's useful.
Like I said before, I have a ton of suggestions like the one above....I was just trying to hold off until you got a first release out the door. But now I'm going to open my big mouth anyway with some additional suggestions....in fact you are probably going to get very tired of my input.
I would not say that one-touch access to the list of turn directions is "sometimes useful"....I'd say it's absolutely required
! I use that feature all the time.
As for the "status" bar or whatever you want to call it, there are four fields that I like to see listed:
Distance to next turn
Time to next turn
Estimated Time Enroute
Estimated Time of Arrival
Some other people like to see "Current Heading" and "Speed". It might be nice if the four fields were user configurable to display whatever parameters are easily available. For some, current altitude might be more useful. I note that it looks like you have some of this semi-implemented already.
I also like to be able to see the current zoom/scale of the map. It is nice to have this as a pull down menu or other selectable entity so that you can jump directly from a scale of say 500 ft to 120miles without having to zoom out a whole bunch of times and wait on the maps to redraw everytime.
Also, keep in mind that turn-by-turn street navigation is not the only use for a GPS. Some of us also use it for hiking, biking, boating, and flying! Thus being able to input specific waypoints (either via lat/long or selecting directly from the map) and being able to navigate from one to the next is very useful. When navigating in such a manner, it is useful to display this as a "highway" mode, which shows deviation from intended course in a kind of "out the windshield" view rather than the more traditional top-view. This is especially useful while boating or flying. If I haven't described it clearly, I can whip up a quick graphic.
Now if you really wanted to make me a happy camper (and I realize this is way out-of-scope, but would be absolutely awesome) it would be great to use the data collected from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) to generate an artificial view of the terrain from your current viewpoint. The database is freely available from NASA (http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/srtm/
). It's nothing that you haven't seen in a video game for the last 15 years. Gulfstream and Garmin have certified versions for use in aircraft, while others have announced it but have not put it into production. I suspect that since Garmin has done it, it won't be too many more years before it filters down into their handheld units.
More to come........