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63% of drivers say GPS got them lost

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mark Holtz, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

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    From SF Gate:

    “Make a U-turn if possible”: 63% of drivers say GPS got them lost
    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
  2. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

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    There are a couple pieces of advice when it comes to GPS....

    1. In many cases, a new GPS comes with a free single map upgrade and firmware upgrade. Perform that upgrade right away. The map update will take several hours, so I suggest performing it "overnight".

    2. Read the manual. You may be surprised at some of the options that can be set that can affect your navigation.

    3. Don't use the your major trip as the first time you use that new GPS (or any other new device). Try a few runs around the neighborhood to see what happens. Go into the menus and check the options. Don't be afraid to play around with the GPS in familiar surroundings.
     
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  3. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    There's such a wide range in GPS' abilities to provide timely and understandable info, that it doesn't surprise me that many have felt being left high and dry.
     
  4. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    were the folks surveyed perhaps using Apple maps.....lol
     
  5. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    Paper maps have shown me the way for many years and have never once talked back to me.
     
  6. MysteryMan

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    +1......I still use my Motor Carriers' Road Atlas.
     
  7. klang

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    We've had great experience with several Garmin devices over the years. Never travel without one. The only issue I can recall is occasionally the instruction to turn is said a little too late to make the turn. RECALCULATING......
     
  8. djlong

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    6 year ago I bought a Pioneer AVIC for my Toyota and it's been working well all these years. Only once, in Montreal, did I get a weird routing that basically had me going ahead 1 block, U-Turning, coming back that block and making a left instead of a simple right turn.

    My wife's Garmin - a present for her a few years ago - has worked well in Ohio, California, Florida, the entire Northeast US, Scotland, The Netherlands and over the North Sea (used it in an airplane to see that we were doing 560mph). We'll be getting more use out of it in Germany next month.

    A little common sense in using these devices goes a long way.
     
  9. gov

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    A limitation of the devices is the data input into the system.

    A county near here during the big E911 upgrade several years ago made sure almost every cowpath, levee, nature trail, and vacated road had a name, just in case.

    Years later, GPS thinks of all these cowpaths (and worse) as viable ways of getting around, even if they would challenge a D8 caterpillar. And to make it worse, the database hasn't been updated (as of whenever) and a recently paved road was relocated from the where the original was. Most GPS devices think you are off road and 4 wheeling through the outback when you're on this road, and will try to put you on every dirt trail leading off the new cement.

    The locals are aware, but you'd wonder if travelers from elsewhere are running into trouble.
     
  10. SayWhat?

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    There's state highway here that carries the same number for a couple of hundred miles even though it breaks in continuity several times. Parts of it are more well traveled than others. Parts of it go through, other parts don't. One of the breaks is over a fairly major river about a 1/4 mile wide. It's in a very rural area, so there ain't no bridge, ain't never been a bridge, ain't never gonna be a bridge. So where does the GPS route plot if you ask it to take you from one local town to another? You guessed it. Backtracking to correct the mistake is close to 40 miles.
     
  11. jimmie57

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    I like my Garmin.
    The only time it does something strange is when a place is located on the corner of an intersection on the freeway.
    Id does not seem to know that you can turn left or right and go right into the address you are looking for. It will show for you to go all the way to the next exit and take the feeder road to get to it. This in the case I am using would take you about 8 miles out of the way.
     
  12. scooper

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    One of the things I like about getting our Garmin is that we got Lifetime map updates. We update once per quarter - after all, a map (or GPS) is useless if it isn't kept up to date. I have noticed over the course of our time with it that local updates do happen - slowly... It's useful around town, (including look for that place where the job interview is...). Mine also will mate (via bluetooth) to my phone, so it works as a handsfree.
     
  13. peds48

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    I am the only that uses Google Maps on my iPhone as a dedicated GPS device? it always has the latest maps, free of charge.
     
  14. Stewart Vernon

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    People, long before GPS, have had a nasty habit of setting out on a trip without knowing where they are going. With paper maps, I always looked over the whole route before I left... so I was generally familiar with where I was going in case I missed an exit or something was different (traffic, construction, etc) than what I expected.

    I do the same with GPS and electronic maps... check out the whole route before you start driving... otherwise you have no idea when you go wrong until you are way wrong.

    GPS, like any tool, is only as good as the person using it.
     
  15. SayWhat?

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    Thing is, with paper maps you can see the 'big picture' a lot easier when you can spread them out on a table top (or car hood) You can look at hundreds of miles in any direction in one view without scrolling or zooming. I'd rather look at a layout 3 or 4 feet square than a 3" LCD screen.
     
  16. jimmie57

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    For sure. However, after doing that and going down what you think is the right road it is nice when the machine says "Recalculating" to let you know that you are not on the correct path. I do that sometimes just to see if it will mess with it's calculations.
     
  17. wingrider01

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    that function is handled by your navigator in the right seat, if they are not doing it then you have a defective one:)
     
  18. Rich

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    I'd never buy another car without OnStar and it's features. I've been using their driving directions for years and have never had one problem. No map displays to distract drivers, just a voice telling where and when to turn. I do get a readout on my dashboard, but I don't need it and ignore it for the most part.

    Rich
     
  19. SayWhat?

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    That would be the navigator in the back seat.
     
  20. Mark Holtz

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    This assumes they have good GSP.
     

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