Created By: GiantSpaceChinchilla on July 8, 2010 Last Edited By: GiantSpaceChinchilla on July 1, 2014

Conversational Navigation Device

A navigation device that is more conversational than normal

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Previously: Talking GPS Commercials, Talking GPS Device


We all know that a GPS is simply a electronic map that may or may not parrot speech, Or Is IT? For merchandising purposes rule of cool those quirky little devices can scale any where from Instant A.I., Just Add Water to Automated Automobiles.


Examples:

Commercials
  • Jared's jewelers had one commercial were the GPS demand the necklace from the hapless owner while spoofing Hal 9000. It's also able to lock the doors and when the driver asks to be let out, it replies, "I'm sorry. I can't do that, Dave."
  • One commercial had a guy try to start a relation ship with a TomTom (we are pretty sure he thought it was feminine at the time)
  • Another commercial had the (male) driver call his wife from the car, and when his (female-voiced) GPS gave him directions his wife thought he had another woman with him.
  • There's a Bridgestone Tire commercial involving an old couple where the GPS gives directions like this:
    Punch it.
    Dramatic right turn now.
    [as the car nears a cliff edge] Stand on the brakes. [Car stops, couple shares dramatic cinematic kiss].
  • There's an actual Garmin GPS system that navigates in Spongebob Squarepants' voice.
    • Apparently they are adding other celebrity voices to the mix like Homer.
  • Another had the female voiced GPS have a very bad day.
    Don't walk away from me.
  • There was also an advertisement where the talking GPS was some dude trapped in the trunk with a map.

Live-Action Television
  • Doctor Who had gps device that killed people that knew about its alien origins. It did it by directing people to deadly place and disable or take control of car.

Radio
  • In a Radio 4 play called At The Next Left (I think) a GPS system took issue with it's/her owner's adultery, talking about it, leading him back home when he was supposed to going to his mistress, (he was thinking about the situation and not paying attention) and finally telling his wife about the affair when she borrowed the car.

Web Original
  • There's a Cracked article where it turns out that Bill Kurtis has used his connections to become the GPS voice and thus arrange a perfect series of murders.
  • This video was made as a appeal for a BRIAN BLESSED GPS voice, and features a couple in a Smart car taking direction from a GPS with his bombastic style. At the end, it revealed that it's actually the man himself, having squashed himself into the back seat.
    • Of course, the BRIAN BLESSED GPS campaign was successful. Tom Tom are adding more voices on a regular basis.

Western Animation


Do We Need It? maybe not but still gathering examples.

Also there is no need for paranoia.

perhaps a rename is in order? Talking GPS Gag?

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Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • June 26, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Another commecial had the (male) driver call his wife from the car, and when his (female-voiced) GPS gave him directions his wife thought he had another woman with him.
  • June 26, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    ... This is the Robot Chicken blip where the GPS murder suicides isn't it.
  • June 26, 2010
    Game_Fan
    There's a Cracked article where it turns out that Bill Kurtis has used his connections to become the GPS voice and thus arrange a perfect series of murders.
  • June 27, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • There's a Michelin Tire commercial involving an old couple where the GPS gives directions like this:
      Punch it.
      Dramatic right turn now.
      [as the car nears a cliff edge] Stand on the brakes. [Car stops, couple shares dramatic cinematic kiss].
    • There's an actual Garmin GPS system that navigates in Spongebob Squarepants' voice.
    • There's a Jared jewelers commercial in which the GPS spoofs Hal 9000. It's also able to lock the doors and when the driver asks to be let out, it replies, "I'm sorry. I can't do that, Dave."
  • June 29, 2010
    Madlin
    The Mystery Machine definitely had one in the Abracadabra Doo animated film.
  • July 24, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    So, Lanchable no?
  • July 24, 2010
    newtonthenewt
    TomTom had commercials featuring Yoda and Darth Vader voices.
  • March 27, 2011
    MorganWick
    Paradisca's Michelin ad is actually a Bridgestone ad.
  • March 27, 2011
    Rolf
    Doctor Who show had gps device that killed people that knew about its alien origins. It did it by directing people to deadly place and disable or take control of car.
  • April 27, 2011
    DougSMachina
    • In a Radio 4 play called At The Next Left (I think) a GPS system took issue with it's/her owner's adultery, talking about it, leading him back home when he was supposed to going to his mistress, (he was thinking about the situation and not paying attention) and finally telling his wife about the affair when she borrowed the car.

    • This video was made as a appeal for a BRIAN BLESSED GPS voice, and features a couple in a Smart car taking direction from a GPS with his bombastic style. At the end, it revealed that it's actually the man himself, having squashed himself into the back seat.
  • April 27, 2011
    Michael
    Of course, the Brian Blessed GPS campaign was successful. Tom Tom are adding more voices on a regular basis.
  • April 27, 2011
    TooBah
    I think it's tropable, but nowadays all GPSs talk. Maybe, Self Aware GPS? GPS Is An AI?
  • April 27, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    one CSI culprit comitted his first morder by hacking the gps to dump the victim in the middle of Wretched Hive and letting the locals do the rest

  • April 27, 2011
    bluepenguin
    There's a Guy Noir bit where he's trying to solve a mystery in an unfamiliar city and keeps getting into arguments with his smugly condescending GPS.
  • April 28, 2011
    bbofun
    There was a week-long series of strips in Doonesbury back in 2009 (repeated in 2011) about Sid (the agent) being approached by Bernie (Mike's boss) about an idea for celebrities doing GPS voices.
  • May 1, 2011
    cathstuart
  • @ Mozgswloiku, bbofun, and cathstuart: I don't think that fits sorry.
  • July 23, 2011
    Chariset
    I just posted something like this to Lost And Found. There's a Mountain Dew commercial on the radio in the US where the GPS suddenly becomes flirty and starts urging the driver to "turn up the radio" and "downshift and gun it" until he arrives at "the Mountain"
  • July 1, 2014
    BKelly95
    This video from Ben Loka starts out calmly, evolves into a lover's spat, and ends with the GPS revealing "herself" to be a guy.
  • July 1, 2014
    DAN004
    Not sure if we have this covered.
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