Map pricing and Updates for built in devices.
I am well aware that pricing for specialist stuff is guided by development and maintenance etc costs, for example drugs which, once developed and approved, are actually produced for minimal costs, but sold at enormous prices to cover R & D.
But I really fail to see why some built in maps are charged at such high prices. For standalone devices, we can get Map Update Service for a really decent price, but for my Renault R-LInk, I can only buy a single map at an extortionate price (UK&ROI £45, Western Europe £80). Certainly, I am aware there must be some difference from the TomTom maps available from TT, so there's additional cost there. But the work carried out by whomsoever at TT or Renault is not reflected in map availability - I have the very latest map available, v1000 released in April, NOT the latest available to TT subscribers, which is now two later, v1010 (or 1011) and due to become three later, v1015, any day now. So nobody is putting in hours of conversion work for me to pay for. And I don't get ANYTHING out of Mapshare corrections or camera updates. If TT publish sales efforts quoting figures about roads change XX% all the time, why is this only reflected in maps bought and updated directly from TT and not from maps available from Renault? My subscription includes mapshare changes and cameras for which there is never a single update between map releases. Built in devices are the answer to our prayers, but the updating is destroying the advantages of them.
Cue a post from somebody at TT saying that map releases for Renault are controlled and arranged by Renault. I already know that. I cannot understand why TT entered into an arrangement where their maps are controlled by the OEM company.