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Old 06-29-2012, 03:55 PM   #29
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My spouse works for Garmin. If you don't report the boo boo's and inconsistencies, they can't fix it. Where we live, the GPS will give a wrong answer to half the folks trying to find us... says we are about 5 miles south of were we actually are...I constantly have to tell people we are north of the little town of Paola. But then, spouse won't pay to update the unit either... Should have done it and I'm sorry'd later...
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My spouse works for Garmin. If you don't report the boo boo's and inconsistencies, they can't fix it. Where we live, the GPS will give a wrong answer to half the folks trying to find us... says we are about 5 miles south of were we actually are...I constantly have to tell people we are north of the little town of Paola. But then, spouse won't pay to update the unit either... Should have done it and I'm sorry'd later...
So... I assume you've reported the problem. Why isn't it fixed for all of the folks who try to find you? I'm confused.

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Old 06-30-2012, 05:43 PM   #31
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My spouse works for Garmin. If you don't report the boo boo's and inconsistencies, they can't fix it. Where we live, the GPS will give a wrong answer to half the folks trying to find us... says we are about 5 miles south of were we actually are...I constantly have to tell people we are north of the little town of Paola. But then, spouse won't pay to update the unit either... Should have done it and I'm sorry'd later...
Ya.. ALL gps's send people around the corner from me.. I live on east 350 south, and they get sent to south 350 east
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Many gps maps are based on navteq's maps and can be corrected here:
http://mapreporter.navteq.com/

google maps 'guesses' at where your home is based on starting and ending addresses along the street...

I have a tendency to depend on our gps's a lot.... of course our Garmin 5000 and 765T have lifetime maps and are updated quarterly...

My Bro-in-law was amazed in the transformation of his 3 or 4 year old Garmin when I updated his software and maps - He didn't know it didn't KNOW the changes "like the computer does"

but his is even better than the $3000 navigation package on the wife's 2011 Audi...
the maps were 3 years old when we got it and no updates are available ....

Which is amazing to me for them to leave that much money on the table....
as some mfg's can make $300 per map update on their proprietary systems...
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We had a class A, traveling with another class A. Wanted to go to Walnut Canyon, Garmin told us to exit interstate at next ramp. We did ,,turn left, we did,, Less then a mile down,, the road turned to dust. We went down this dusty road for about 7 miles, reached a blacktop road, turned left, park entrance was 1/2 mile. Ranger at the park asked if we had a Garmin. He said Garmins always route people down that dusty road. If we had used the very next exit, the park was just a short distance. Needless to say, our cars were covered with dust...Funniest part about this,, we met a guy in camo, with bow & arrow. He just stood at the side of the road, looking at us & probably wondering what those crazy people from Wisconsin are doing driving down this dusty road..
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:39 AM   #34
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We had a class A, traveling with another class A. Wanted to go to Walnut Canyon, Garmin told us to exit interstate at next ramp. We did ,,turn left, we did,, Less then a mile down,, the road turned to dust. We went down this dusty road for about 7 miles, reached a blacktop road, turned left, park entrance was 1/2 mile. Ranger at the park asked if we had a Garmin. He said Garmins always route people down that dusty road. If we had used the very next exit, the park was just a short distance. Needless to say, our cars were covered with dust...Funniest part about this,, we met a guy in camo, with bow & arrow. He just stood at the side of the road, looking at us & probably wondering what those crazy people from Wisconsin are doing driving down this dusty road..
The guy in camo likely had the same expression all the drug dealers have when they look at me driving through their neighborhood following my Garmin.
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So, the first time Garmin or anyone else puts in a 'avoid this neighborhood' there will be MASSIVE cryouts and lawsuits.... Show me a paper map that has this feature...?

YOU are responsible for where you drive. Not the GPS which is a tool same as any other tool that you must learn to use..
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So, the first time Garmin or anyone else puts in a 'avoid this neighborhood' there will be MASSIVE cryouts and lawsuits.... Show me a paper map that has this feature...?

YOU are responsible for where you drive. Not the GPS which is a tool same as any other tool that you must learn to use..
Yes, everything you say is true, HOWEVER, when you know how to use the tool and you trust the tool and the tool directs you into harm's way that's a little bit different story. It's not as if one can go backwards in a motor home with a toad and get out of any area they wish they weren't in. Bear in mind the somewhat humorous title of this thread:

'My GPS Made Me Do It!'

The point is, as I understand it, is the way Garmin directs people to places they would never chose to go to IF they knew what was in front of them. Garmin is absolutely, positively certain without fail to do the following things to me:

1. Take me off an Interstate for a side road that goes through small towns with numerous stoplights.

2. Take me directly to every single nearby toll road and ignore Interstates that are either closer or else just tell me to leave the Interstate I'm on for the toll road.

3. Send me someplace I would either never normally go or can't go through such as a gated community or public housing.

I find myself constantly using a map and/or ignoring the Garmin until I get close to my destination. Since I travel alone using the map instead of the Garmin is often problematic.
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Garmin don't make the maps. Navteq does, so don't blame the GPS's.
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Garmin don't make the maps. Navteq does, so don't blame the GPS's.
I, for one at least, am not so much "blaming" Garmin as making observations about the sometimes crazy way it works. I don't suppose there's any real solution to the things that have been cussed and discussed here.
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So, the first time Garmin or anyone else puts in a 'avoid this neighborhood' there will be MASSIVE cryouts and lawsuits....
There was a smartphone app that did just that, mainly for people who walk. It was all over the news a few months back, exactly what you said, massive outcrys and unrest. All it did was look at public crime reports and use that to avoid high-crime areas when calculating routes to your destination.
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Mostly, I just use paper maps, but I do occasionally use a more sophisticated tool that's available all over the world...

This GPS updates Daily and never fails:


...............Gramps' Positioning System........

Go ahead- ask'em how to get anywhere! Believe you me, they know.

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From another thread.

I have a little Garmin
It sits in my RV
A Garmin is a driver's friend
It tells you where you be

I have a little Garmin
I've had it all my life
It’s better than the normal ones
My Garmin is my wife

It gives me full instructions
Especially how to drive
"It's thirty miles an hour", it says
"You're doing thirty five"

It tells me when to stop and start
And when to use the brake
And tells me that it's never ever
Safe to overtake.

It tells me when a light is red
And when it goes to green
It seems to know instinctively
Just when to intervene.

It lists the vehicles just in front
And all those to the rear
And taking this into account
It specifies my gear.

I'm sure no other driver
Has so helpful a device
For when we leave and lock the rig
It still gives its advice.

It fills me up with counselling
Each journey's pretty fraught
So why don't I exchange it
And get a quieter sort?

Ah well, you see, it cleans the house,
Makes sure I'm properly fed,
It washes all my shirts and things
And keeps me warm in bed!

Despite all these advantages
And my tendency to scoff,
I do wish that once in a while
I could turn the damned thing off!
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