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Fleet World Fleet: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4hS

Are third-party navigation apps the future for carmakers? Alex Grant ponders.

The Outlander PHEV’s touchscreen offers turn-by-turn directions from a range of Android or Apple-compatible smartphone apps

The Outlander PHEV might just have the world’s best navigation system on board, but it’s not Mitsubishi’s own. There’s no expensive built-in option, so the touchscreen offers turn-by-turn directions from a range of Android or Apple-compatible smartphone apps. Waze is my current go-to.

It’s a brave move on an expensive car, but I’ve long wondered why manufacturers try to offer alternatives. Waze is free, the maps are updated daily by other users (instead of manually via an SD card) and I get live warnings about hazards and traffic for more accurate route-planning too. I suspect this is the start of a trend.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.