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63% of drivers say GPS got them lost


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#26 OFFLINE   gov

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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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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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Posted 23 June 2013 - 12:55 PM

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

 

Ah, thanks. I kept thinking about the other type of projection, such as ETA or driving range given the gas supply. 


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 02:39 PM

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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the Grand Prix had the option available until they stopped making them. Had a 2008 GXP with it



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 05:14 PM

the Grand Prix had the option available until they stopped making them. Had a 2008 GXP with it

 

Nice car, a bit too small for me.  Shame they stopped making the Pontiacs.  Had an '88 Bonneville I bought new.  Lasted me 20 years. that Bonneville I drove with the heads up option also had its own air compressor.  Nice feature.

 

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:17 AM

Nice car, a bit too small for me.  Shame they stopped making the Pontiacs.  Had an '88 Bonneville I bought new.  Lasted me 20 years. that Bonneville I drove with the heads up option also had its own air compressor.  Nice feature.

 

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Didn't get it for the size, some tuning and parts upgrade by the experts, it was putting 470 HP along with some suspension mods and a custom paint job. made a pretty penny on it when I sold it.



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:29 PM

Didn't get it for the size, some tuning and parts upgrade by the experts, it was putting 470 HP along with some suspension mods and a custom paint job. made a pretty penny on it when I sold it.


how did we go from being lost by GPS to talking about cars....lol :rolling:
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 12:17 AM

Don't try to get to my house by blindly following your GPS. I have yet to see one with a map that doesn't reflect the upper one in the image below. And my Garmin GPS is always telling me to turn at the upper outlet shown on my street which is somebody's house. The problem is the map below properly reflects what's on the ground:

 

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So if I have my GPS on, I turn into my street and it does the "recalculating" every time.


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:56 AM

I have no idea how big those plots are, but I suspect much of that map would fit within my 7 acres.  I could never have neighbors that physically close again.  But I guess that's a different thread, eh?


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