Interesting image and back story! Google maps is something that I actually use, it has proved to be a functional piece of technology for me.Yes, but does google know where you are, can suggest "best deals" near where you are whenever they please and sell your position to the highest bidder?
If you use google to find the address, it amounts to the same when the two services are linked.My only experience with google maps is entering an address and having it guid me to my destination.
I don’t use it to find hotels, gas, bank machines or anything else that may be near me.
Yes sometimes too many features that I find redundant in most cases. I use stuff in limited ways my vehicles have many features and knobs that I don't know what they are for.If you use google to find the address, it amounts to the same when the two services are linked.
Yes a $2.00 saving on a simple part for production of 20 million vehicles is a substantial savings. However a recall on vehicle because a failure of that same part cost the manufacture more than the savings. This happens more than you might think. Recently I had two trucks that had to have faulty block heaters replaced that could cause your vehicle to burn up. These are simple things that have been put in for a hundred years, now all of the sudden there are problems.The feature is not redundant for google or they would not have implemented it twice. Likely, the features and knobs of your car serve a purpose for the manufacturer. It just so happens that I know someone who is working for a car manufacturer. He goes into great length to save fractions of cents. There is no extra knob in his budget.