I borrowed a Tom Tom and a Garmin Sat Nav unit and tried driving some routes around Scarborough with mostly pretty good results, apart from some very strange street name pronunciations. I found these units easy enough to use but some of my pupils struggled a bit at first but then soon had their routes programmed in. Then I moved to the smart phones and their Apple and Google maps, which for some reason I assumed would be inferior to the dedicated units, but I was in for a surprise. Apple maps was clean and precise with a nice screen presentation but even at full volume was difficult to hear directions clearly in the car. Google maps also had a clean and easy to read screen but more importantly the audio was much clearer and gave a lot more driver information including properly pronounced street names. After all the testing I think it's right to assume that the majority of my pupils will take the easy route (excuse the pun) and turn to their smart phone to get directions after passing their test, so am planning on using Google maps on an iPhone as my in-car training tool and offering Apple maps to those that would prefer it. The Tom Tom and Garmin have gone back and I have a sneaking suspicion that like a lot of 'old tech' their day's maybe numbered as smart phones take over as source of all knowledge!
Anybody remember map books?