DETROIT -- The advances in onboard navigation systems have come at a breakneck pace in recent years.
But sometimes, it's what gets overlooked -- and what doesn't -- in the hurly-burly rush for the latest and greatest mapping software that gives me cause to chuckle.
While exploring Chrysler Group's latest version of its Uconnect infotainment system around metro Detroit this week in a 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie, I found a few such smile-inducing nuggets buried in the map.
The new Uconnect system displays a two-dimensional graphic representation of many larger buildings on its street map. The feature is a great navigational aid, especially for those who like to find their way via landmark.
But the good folks at Chrysler went a step further around metro Detroit, purposely pixelating any suggestion of a blue oval from, say, Ford's world headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., or from the roof of Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions.
The digital obfuscations didn't stop there, however. The five towers of General Motors' headquarters in downtown Detroit are vivid and clear on the Ram's 8.4-inch screen -- except for the oddly blurry blue square atop the center stack, which in real life is the brightly lit GM box that now dominates Detroit's skyline.
Just to be sure that what I was seeing wasn't a fluke, I scrolled the onboard map 30 miles north up I-75 to Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Sure enough, the Pentastar atop Chrysler's high-rise was crisp and clear. What a coincidence.