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63% of drivers say GPS got them lost


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#21 ONLINE   scooper

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:48 PM

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.

Only if you always (and only) go where you get cell service.... The nice thing about a DEDICATED GPS device is that it doesn't need that to advise you...

 

Let me tell you - there are places in this country where there is no cell service  - and that's here on the EAST COAST - nevermind the mountains and the West....


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 02:13 PM

Only if you always (and only) go where you get cell service.... The nice thing about a DEDICATED GPS device is that it doesn't need that to advise you...

Let me tell you - there are places in this country where there is no cell service - and that's here on the EAST COAST - nevermind the mountains and the West....


I knew someone will bring this up. Pre Google maps days, I was using Navigon GPS bought from the App Store. So this one is my back up for those rare case where I dont have cell service
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Posted 21 June 2013 - 11:40 PM

"63% of drivers say GPS got them lost"

 

Probably, 62% of them are idiots!


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 06:18 AM

One reason would be that drivers don't update the maps on their devices, manufacturer's put out yearly updates to account for the changes in the highway and back road infrastructure.



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 08:23 AM

"63% of drivers say GPS got them lost"

 

Probably, 62% of them are idiots!

 

That'd mean only about 36% of drivers are idiots. In my experience, it's closer to 85%! :blackeye: 


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 11:06 AM

One reason would be that drivers don't update the maps on their devices, manufacturer's put out yearly updates to account for the changes in the highway and back road infrastructure.

 

 

The reason I don't update my Tom Tom is it takes 14 hours with my slow rural internet and their server kicks me off after a few hours.

 

I still like living here, but high speed internet would be such a blessing!



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 11:56 AM

"63% of drivers say GPS got them lost"

 

Probably, 62% of them are idiots!

 

Probably?  I'd like to know how people get away with sticking them on their windshields.  My son got hit by a girl who was inputting an address on her windshield mounted GPS device.  He was sitting in his car at a light at the time.  Had nowhere to hide from that moron.  

 

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 05:42 PM

Probably? I'd like to know how people get away with sticking them on their windshields. My son got hit by a girl who was inputting an address on her windshield mounted GPS device. He was sitting in his car at a light at the time. Had nowhere to hide from that moron.

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How does the windshield has anything to do? even if it was on another place, the driver had to take their eyes off the road. Hopefully your son was OK
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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:43 PM

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

Same here.

 

But it is the last 100 feet that is difficult as you try to find the house number on homes that put 'em everywhere but where they should be.


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:54 PM

Probably?  I'd like to know how people get away with sticking them on their windshields.  My son got hit by a girl who was inputting an address on her windshield mounted GPS device.  He was sitting in his car at a light at the time.  Had nowhere to hide from that moron.  

 

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It wasn't the location, but the her action that cause the accident.

 

I would prefer a screen of some type right in front of me. 

 

Any status on when Smart Windshields will become vogue? You know, the one with all the vehicle data that can be activated right on the windshield by voice command.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 05:46 AM

The reason I don't update my Tom Tom is it takes 14 hours with my slow rural internet and their server kicks me off after a few hours.

 

I still like living here, but high speed internet would be such a blessing!

 

Be worth going someplace else and updating it there.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 07:09 AM


 

Any status on when Smart Windshields will become vogue? You know, the one with all the vehicle data that can be activated right on the windshield by voice command.

 

Not quite what you are talking about but we test drove an X3 yesterday with a heads-up display that projected speed and nav instructions on the windshield in front of the driver. I liked having the speed up there.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:31 AM

Projected speed? How does that work? 


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:47 AM

http://www.bmw.com/c...up_display.html



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:57 AM

 

If that's solely in response to my question, thank you, but I understand how such displays work. I don't know how a vehicle can project one's intended speed. ETA, yes, based on distance, speed limit and traffic. 


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 09:01 AM

I meant projected as in the speed is projected from the lens on the dash onto the windshield.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 09:30 AM

Not quite what you are talking about but we test drove an X3 yesterday with a heads-up display that projected speed and nav instructions on the windshield in front of the driver.

 

 

 I don't know how a vehicle can project one's intended speed

The same way you project a movie onto a wall or screen.

 

And he said 'projected speed', not 'project intended speed'.

 

Not fond of HUDs though, if they're in front of the driver.  Just more junk to obstruct the view of what they're supposed to be looking at.  HUDs might be fine for fighter pilots where there isn't other traffic or pedestrians to watch out for.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 11:32 AM

How does the windshield has anything to do? even if it was on another place, the driver had to take their eyes off the road. Hopefully your son was OK

 

It's illegal in NJ to have anything that blocks your view on your windshield.  Don't know how many states have that law.  It's also illegal to block "Garden State" on our license plates.  My son wasn't injured, thanx for asking.  For all the laws we have, the cops are pretty tolerant of most things and overlook the petty laws.  My other son is a cop and he used the license plate law as a way of letting folks off lightly when he was a patrolman.  

 

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 11:41 AM

It wasn't the location, but the her action that cause the accident.

 

I would prefer a screen of some type right in front of me. 

 

Any status on when Smart Windshields will become vogue? You know, the one with all the vehicle data that can be activated right on the windshield by voice command.

 

Pontiac had a "heads up" display on the Bonnevilles years ago.  Click the option and the readout would be displayed on the windshield just above the steering wheel.  I drove one and I found the display on the window easy to read while driving.  Showed the MPH and stuff like that.  Must not have been a good selling point.  I really don't like the displays on the middle of the dashboards above the center console.  Seems to be distracting.    

 

About the location, it's still illegal to have them mounted on the window in NJ.  A law that's overlooked by the police, for the most part.  

 

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 12:07 PM


Not fond of HUDs though, if they're in front of the driver.  Just more junk to obstruct the view of what they're supposed to be looking at.  HUDs might be fine for fighter pilots where there isn't other traffic or pedestrians to watch out for.

 

This was my first hands on with a HUD and I thought it was very well implemented. Speed image appeared just above the hood. For me that was in my peripheral vision. Quite nice.






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