Who uses a dedicated GPS navigation these days, with the proliferation of smartphones and powerful navigation software which are able to do the job equally well, if not better? I guess having a built-in GPS system in your vehicle is good in one way as it saves you the hassle of making sure your phone has enough juice in the first place to help you arrive at your destination in unfamiliar territory safe and sound, while allowing you to use your phone to carry out a conversation at the same time. Mazda’s latest compact crossover SUV, the CX-5, will debut at the LA Auto Show complete with Tomtom’s line-fitted navigation solution.

This is incidentally the beginning of their partnership, as the Mazda CX-5 will arrive at the US, Canada and Mexico from February next year onwards. Basically, the dashboard of your new Mazda will also be equipped with a 5.8″ color touchscreen display, boasting intuitive user menus to help ease the transition from perhaps your smartphone as the navigation tool of choice. There is also a latest map guarantee attached with the vehicle’s purchase, letting you download one complimentary map within the first 90 days of use for free. Do you think small gestures like this make it more appealing to potential vehicle purchasers? [Press Release]

Filed in Transportation. Read more about GPS and Tomtom.

Related Articles on Ubergizmo