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Hi all, just a friendly reminder that Garmin will support GPS updates for 5 years on your Clarity. They typically release 4 updates per year (once a quarter). Here is how to update.

1) Grab yourself a USB stick that is at least 16GB in size.
2) Format it as FAT32. Windows 10 will not let you do this, so use one of many apps out there. I used FAT32 Format. Downloadable from here by clicking the big screenshot of on the page - Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

During the format leave all settings on default, and make sure that the drive letter corresponds to your USB stick, you dont want to be formatting some other drive.

3) Once formatted plug in the USB stick into your clarity, driver side USB port (same one as CarPlay).
4) Go to Navigation -> Settings -> Device -> Update Map
5) This process will take a few seconds, it is basically putting information about your car on the stick, including the serial number of you GPS, so do not share this info with anyone.
6) Bring the USB stick back to the computer and download Garmin Express from the link here - https://honda.garmin.com/honda/site/generalInstructions
7) Install and run Garmin Express, it will detect your Clarity and let you add it as a system. It will then tell you what version maps you have and when your updates expire. Proceed through the menus and start update download.

This process will start out saying it will take 4 hours, but it took about 10 minutes for me (highly dependent on your internet connection).

8) Once it finishes it will look like this - https://imgur.com/a/WkwgRSI
Take the USB stick back to your car, once there run through the same steps you did in step 4. It will start pulling the maps from the USB stick to your car. This process will definitely take a while, so bring a book, or a gaming console or a podcast to listen to. (Took me about 30 min)

When progress bar is on the screen, do not back out, as it will cancel the process and you will have to restart from step 8. So pick the audio channel etc before you start the update.

Thats it.

Hope this helped you guys!
 

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Where did you find the info that the Clarity comes with 5 years of updates. And, after that,
then what?
It was on one of the sales pamphlets. After that you can pay to update (should be around $100). Realistically you are probably fine with updating once every 5 years or so, unless there is major construction in areas you drive/plan to drive. Where I live about 20% of the city is not on the 2018 maps that came with my 2019 Clarity because they have been actively building/adding streets. So when I drove it looked like on GPS I was in the middle of a field.

But Ive been using a handheld Garmin for about 12 years now, and those maps never needed any updates until all this construction started a few years back.

I am glad Clarity maps are user updatable, on the Lexus/Mercedes you gotta take it to the dealer to update.

Of course there is Car Play, so you can just use always up to date Google/Apple or whathave you maps through there. The build into the car ones are great for areas with no cell reception because those will work anywhere as long as the sky is not obstructed. But then again, you can pre-download maps from google to your phone to use them without cell reception, not sure how carplay will like that tho. Havent tried.
 

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Where did you find the info that the Clarity comes with 5 years of updates. And, after that,
then what?
My five years apparently started when I did the first update a couple of months after getting the car. Garmin doesn't know when you bought the car, just when the first update is performed.
 
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But then again, you can pre-download maps from google to your phone to use them without cell reception, not sure how carplay will like that tho. Havent tried.
Google maps offline feature is outstanding. It can even set up routing to where you're trying to go as long as you have the maps downloaded from your starting point to your ending point.
 
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Google maps offline feature is outstanding. It can even set up routing to where you're trying to go as long as you have the maps downloaded from your starting point to your ending point.
Yes, but does CarPlay play nicely with that? Or does it complain if there is no cell reception?
 

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Yes, but does CarPlay play nicely with that? Or does it complain if there is no cell reception?
Unknown since I don't have an iPhone. Google maps throws up an icon showing it's working offline.
 
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My experience using Google Maps is that even if you don't download maps it will continue your current route if you go out of cell phone range, you just can't start a new route or add a stop to your current route. Be sure not to cancel your current route while you are out of cell phone range if you haven't downloaded the map because if you do you can't resume it until you are in cell phone range again. It still shows you where you are since the GPS satellites are still visible, you just won't have your route running. I learned this the hard way driving into Canada where I discovered I didn't have cell phone Internet coverage, I made it to my destination in Canada fine, but when I was ready to head back I realized I couldn't route the return, so I had to go back by memory. At least I could tell from the map whether I was going in the right direction. But what I should have done is route it as a round trip. Or of course download the map. But it's easy to forget, and they only stay on your phone for two weeks.
 

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My first update is 4/12/2020 and my Garmin Express recognized my car was purchased in 2018, and it indicated my update up to 5/2023, and not 4/2025.
 

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Just did the second update. My only complaint is that Garmin feels like their application needs to be running in background all the time. What a waste of laptop battery and CPU cycles. Garmin appears to only update the Clarity's maps once a year - it's been a year since I did the first update and when I did that one I added my wife's email address to receive map update notifications.

I'll stick with Google Maps and Android Auto to ensure I have up to date maps.
 
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Just updated my maps a few days ago and it went reasonable well; thanks for the guidance. The most important part of a map update is getting the POI database up to date and unfortunately, Garmin disappoints. It did not include a Cumberland Farms gas station on its list, and has been in its location for some time. I am a member and can get a $0.10/gal discount, so I obviously try to use their stations.
 

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Its been about a year since I made this post. Im making my annual update to my Clarity today, figured Id also bump this post.
 

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This is great news. Had to order DVDs for $150 for my Accord Plugin and they had no free updates with that car. Although they often let you buy last years DVD for $99. Great to hear we get free quarterly updates
 

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This is great news. Had to order DVDs for $150 for my Accord Plugin and they had no free updates with that car. Although they often let you buy last years DVD for $99. Great to hear we get free quarterly updates
If you have never used Android Auto or Apple CarPlay the Clarity supports both. This allows you to run Google Maps on the infotainment screen (and some other apps but Google Maps is the only one that's useful in my opinion). It has the slight disadvantage that you have to plug your phone into the charging port, but I usually charge my phone in the car anyway so that's not a problem.

The biggest advantage with Google Maps compared to the built in NAV is that Google Maps is always up to date, including the current closing times of restaurants and stores. It includes traffic and it will automatically offer rerouting to get around a traffic tie up. What I really like is that I can search for a destination on my phone or even on my PC, then when I get in the car I can find the destination in the list when I launch Google Maps. What works even better is if you go ahead and start the navigation on your phone, then when you plug your phone into the car the route automatically starts running on the infotainment screen you don't even have to touch anything.

For me the built-in NAV exists as a backup in case I forget to bring my phone with me, which so far hasn't happened yet.
 

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I do usually use Waze on my iPhone. But sometimes I just like having the built-in map on, without having to plug things in. Driving around my neighborhood I don't need directions but I do like to have the maps up so I can quickly detour around tree-trimming crew(or something like that). Most importantly the Whole Foods in my neighborhood moved across the street 18 months ago. Seeing it on the wrong side of the street map every day as I drive past it is bringing out the worst OCD tendencies in me.

Also btw Google Maps doesn't, or at least didn't, keep up with your current position unless have a destination plugged in. Waze automatically follows you when you startup.
 

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I do usually use Waze on my iPhone. But sometimes I just like having the built-in map on, without having to plug things in. Driving around my neighborhood I don't need directions but I do like to have the maps up so I can quickly detour around tree-trimming crew(or something like that). Most importantly the Whole Foods in my neighborhood moved across the street 18 months ago. Seeing it on the wrong side of the street map every day as I drive past it is bringing out the worst OCD tendencies in me.

Also btw Google Maps doesn't, or at least didn't, keep up with your current position unless have a destination plugged in. Waze automatically follows you when you startup.
Google Maps updates your current position whether or not you have a destination. I'm surprised that it ever worked the way that you describe, that must have been several years ago. Or maybe it was a limitation on iPhone (I use Android). Google Maps also has a satellite view which looks great on the infotainment screen, that's the view that I normally have it in, and I especially like that view when I am not running a route and just driving around somewhere as it shows not just the map but also the terrain, buildings, etc. that are in the area that I am driving through.

I forgot to mention Waze in my previous post but since Google Maps purchased Waze in 2013 they are now basically subsets of each other. Google Maps has continuously been adding Waze-like features, for example they recently added speed trap alerts and a few others.

You can run both of them in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. They are complimentary to each other rather than competing as each has its own specialties. Many people use both Google Maps and Waze depending on what they are doing at the moment. Waze specializes in repeated routes, like a daily commute that you are already familiar with and you mainly just want to keep up with traffic conditions and be rerouted if needed. Google Maps specializes in pretty much everything else and is a much more robust app when planning routes or going to destinations that are outside of your daily routine.
 
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