Or you could invest in a laptop version and have it shout the
directions at you instead of having to look at it or stop. Sounds
better to me.
In the vast majority of situations they work perfectly. Some of the
more odd places (coastal locations etc) and very low inhabitance places
they seem to send you down roads that arent exactly well maintained but
if you dont drive in outback locations it wont be too much of a
Slow ? Not sure how they can be slow - once they've warmed up and
located you they're realtime items. Miles off? Never. In heavy
high-rise cities they can get a little confused i admit, but newer ones
are better at maintaining location between lost signals.
Cant imagine when you'd need to leave your laptop/GPS in the car -
seems like stupidity to me. See your point but a lot of people at
totally incapable of reading maps, even after training. I have done a
fair bit of work teaching mapskills to people and some are just not
capable of dealing with it lol. For them, GPS.
To a business meeting in a place i didnt know. Usually taking laptop
anyway and need to be on time.
To a friends new house who i hadnt visited before. Can take laptop
inside no problem.
To a hotel, again happy to leave laptop in the hotel room.
More's the point - where would you need to take a navigation aid and
NOT require a laptop/gps with you? If im not going to somewhere
strange/remote/new i dont need any sort of map - i generally go by my
sense of direction and signs. Never had a problem yet. I have a map in
my car but ive only used it once, and it was useless as it was not at
the scale i needed (as they never are on the outskirts of cities).
I go to reputable hotels, not seedy motels and with photographic
equipment..... <grin>. You can always ask to leave things in the hotel
safe? But seriously a PDA with GPS ability is tiny and fits in a jacket
pocket. When could you not take that with you? They really stand out in
town/city driving more than open highway anyways. As i say, ideal for
the likes of my mother who'd like to concentrate on driving, not
navigating, and just throw it in her bag when she gets there.
On Fri, 17 Nov 2006 14:11:06 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
Spoken like someone who's never used a good GPS.
I can read maps. In fact, I'm REALLY good with a map. Road, topo,
aviation chart, whatever...
GPS, and the ability to operate it properly, freakin' rules!
Maybe so but ive seen more people reading maps for 30 seconds at a time
while driving at 60 than ive seen pressing the odd button on a GPS for
a fraction of a second. Its seems the stupid are still going to pick up
a map even though its not a bright idea, so id rather they prodded at a
screen a few times than block their view with paper.
Try asking over in newsgroup sci.geo.satellite-nav. It would be polite, of
course, to download all the headers you can and see if someone else has
already asked the question or one similar and then ask followups if it's
already been addressed.
Or try this web site:
One of the first few items on that page is a link to an article about "my
first gps for automobile" and the utility of the site generally is high.
My $.02 - paper maps are the better value, unless you go so many different
places you'd need a trunk full of them.
The screens on those auto units are kind of small and I also think there'd
be an unfortunate tendency to start an "IFR driving style" (i.e.,
principally watching the screen, rather than the road), which could lead to
"adverse outcomes in automotive itinerary execution."
As for the systems themselves, in decent conditions, GPS technology, with
WAAS correction, can tell you "you are here" with impressive accuracy (to
within 10 feet - or little more than the width of your lane). At least,
they do so MOST of the time. Sometimes, not so hot. In the city, with tall
buildings and obstructed sky views, you might have accuracy and multipath
problems and your GPS could start lying to you. I have a handheld unit for
walking and biking and, one day, it was entirely wrong by about a half mile
for a portion of a 3 mile trip and my peak speed was about 1000 mph. Wow!
Then there's the quality of the map database. If the map source is wrong,
then you'll get interesting results from routing and directions. Mostly, I
guess they're pretty good, or you'd hear more about their errors. New roads
might not show up for a couple of years (I don't know) and closed roads
might not go away for a couple of years (ditto).
Try those two resources. Good luck.
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I print up a set of paper printout maps, long shot, medium, close-up,
etc. from my CD-ROM of Streets and Trips. They work out very well,
including a distance indicator at the bottom border. Cheap, portable,
and accurate. There is also a version called Autoroute that covers most
I can't verify it, but I read a while ago that a fellow was driving his
new big Mercedes-Benz car in Germany, and the talking nav. system told
him to make a turn and then go straight. He did, right into the Rhine
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