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Death by GPS

Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. cj9788

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    In my hometown it does seem to have some silly routing but nothing that would endanger me if I followed it step by step.

    And when I am in a town I have never been in i always look at the route it suggested and often times I would create my own route just from looking at the map on my gps.

    My first GPS was tomtom but it just made to many errors, i tried Magellan and did not like it I returned it for the garmin I started with the Nuvi 205w then I bought a nuvi 265wt and I now have a nuvi 1490t.
     
  2. Matt9876

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    Most GPS units will malfunction in Pigeon Forge Tenn. We actually have lighted signs telling you that your GPS is wrong.

    Errors by one half mile or more are common,especially where the rental cabins are located.

    Scary stuff first time it gets you.
     
  3. trh

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    I suspect it is the mapping of the area and not the actual GPS data (lat/long/altitude and time) that is wrong.
     
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  5. 4HiMarks

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    I had Google Maps one time send me through a big shopping center on the right side and then straight through a light over the left side instead of just turning left at the light (which even had a left turn arrow).

    I borrowed a GPS for a trip one time last summer, and concluded it was pretty useless unless you were totally lost and willing to take any route available to get back. When you factor in the increased probability of someone breaking into your car to try to steal it if there is any evidence you have one, I will pass.
     
  6. Cholly

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    I've had a DeLorme GPS, which works with their Street Atlas USA, a Magellan, and now have a Garmin Nuvi 255WT. The Magellan liked to tell you to turn the wrong way into a one way street. Most GPS units have a tough time with points of interest in associating them with the map info.
    I've yet to see a GPS that is up to date when it comes to roads less than two or three years old. But that seems to be the case with most printed maps as well.
    Mapping software in general does an imperfect job when it comes to routing information.
     
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  8. HDJulie

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    I got my first GPS back in 2005 when we moved to Little Rock after Katrina. It was a Garmin StreetPilot & was hugely expensive even though I got in on sale. It was a huge help for my husband and me when trying to find houses & lots to look at. Since then I've graduated to In-Dash Navigation & continue to find it hugely helpful even for going to places in my own city. I'll use it on trips where I know my way just so I can keep up with the arrival time or the time/distance to the next turn. I also like that it shows cross street names when I'm not navigating with it. When I go on business trips & have to rent a car, I take my StreetPilot with me. It's invaluable for helping me get from an airport to the hotel then to the conference center & then to places to eat. Could I have done all that with a paper map -- certainly. But it is very hard to look at a paper map while driving & even writing out the directions doesn't help when you are in a strange city & trying to find Sommerset street & there's a ton of traffic. At least the GPS lets me know the turn is coming up. Has the GPS steered me wrong -- yep, at least a few times it has taken me some strange places but the vast majority of the time (99%), it has gotten me exactly where I am going. Using it in my own city has also helped me to find streets & routes that I wouldn't normally take. But, as has been stated, you can't blindly follow a GPS & should always already have a pretty good idea about how to get where you are going, even if that means looking at a printed map first.
     
  9. jeffshoaf

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    I have a TomTom with the "live" capability that does google searches and gets traffic and weather updates. It's been 100% accurate in getting me close to where I'm going - I could either see my destination or easily find it from where the GPS lead me - and about 90% accurate in leading me exactly to my destination. The live traffic updates are great - I used it driving back and forth to work just so I'd get routed around traffic jams.

    I recently got a new car with built-in GPS, also with live traffic. The built-in GPS has some very interesting features (like being able to send destinations to the GPS from Google maps and showing satellite terrain views when zoomed out to the 1 mile or higher view) and letting you list all the traffic issues in the area, but it's not quite as accurate as the TomTom (it thinks my address is about a 1/2 mile up the road) and it's prone to issuing odd commands like "Prepare to continue going straight"...
     

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