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Old 09-18-2009, 07:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Driver follows navigation system right to edge of 100 ft drop

Interesting... This is one dumb driver. Still gotta watch the road buddy.

Driver followed satnav to edge of 100ft drop - Telegraph

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Old 09-18-2009, 12:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's exactly why I won't buy one for my wife... she already doesn't know how to read a map... something in the car yelling at her to turn in 500 feet (with her horrible depth perception) would land her right in the middle of two large trucks, I'm sure.
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Yeah, I've always wondered about the logic in those route-finding programs ever since the time I tried (just out of curiousity) to see what it would give me as the best route from my home (a ways south of Reno) to San Jose. Instead of the direct and obvious route (395 South to Calif 88) It told me to drive half an hour north and get on I80 west, thus adding at least 50 miles and an hour to the trip.
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I use google maps/directions. I only like my GPS with a passenger.
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Yeah, I've always wondered about the logic in those route-finding programs ever since the time I tried (just out of curiousity) to see what it would give me as the best route from my home (a ways south of Reno) to San Jose. Instead of the direct and obvious route (395 South to Calif 88) It told me to drive half an hour north and get on I80 west, thus adding at least 50 miles and an hour to the trip.
Tried one myself a few months ago also on a long trip.

Got on the freeway and set the cruise control.
The satnav is silent since I am now on the freeway and will be for about an hour or so. Naturally after a while I forgot it was even there.

About fifty minutes later this voice tells me:
"Turn left at the next off ramp"

Scared the living daylights out of me !

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I use google maps/directions. I only like my GPS with a passenger.
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I haven't yet felt that I need a navigator. I usually print a map from Google maps or some other map provider before going AND if I'm meeting someone I'll ask them what is the best way as they know the road conditions locally.
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I use google maps/directions.
I think it was Google Maps that gave the screwed-up directions. Matter of fact, they still do: Here's what they say (with a few steps omitted at the ends, of course)

2. ...left onto US-395 (Going north!)
3. Take the ramp to N Reno 0.6 mi
4. Merge onto US-395 N 8.9 mi
5. Take exit 68 to merge onto I-80 W toward Reno 137 mi
(Like you haven't been IN Reno for the last 10 miles, idiots!)
6. Take the exit onto I-80 W 41.7 mi
7. Take exit 40 to merge onto I-680 S toward Benicia/San Jose 71.4 mi
8. Continue on I-280 N 1.8 mi
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So I'd be going around three sides of a square, adding 50 miles or so to the trip, running into much more traffic most times of the day...
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I think it was Google Maps that gave the screwed-up directions. Matter of fact, they still do: Here's what they say (with a few steps omitted at the ends, of course)

2. ...left onto US-395 (Going north!)
3. Take the ramp to N Reno 0.6 mi
4. Merge onto US-395 N 8.9 mi
5. Take exit 68 to merge onto I-80 W toward Reno 137 mi
(Like you haven't been IN Reno for the last 10 miles, idiots!)
6. Take the exit onto I-80 W 41.7 mi
7. Take exit 40 to merge onto I-680 S toward Benicia/San Jose 71.4 mi
8. Continue on I-280 N 1.8 mi
....

So I'd be going around three sides of a square, adding 50 miles or so to the trip, running into much more traffic most times of the day...
Your comments toward me are like Christ's comments were a few months ago.

You take the stupid out of the directions, i.e. if you see there's a problem, change your course. Make it "fastest" "least traffic" "shortest" or alter its path.
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Only problem I've had with Google maps was that, in the past, it would never find my Father's address.

It's since been corrected, and finds the correct address, but it used to place his home approx 300 miles away.

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