I may be answering my own question here but here goes anyway. I see a lot of POIs published such as Target, WalMart, Kinkos, etc. Is this because the built in databases on the GPS units is not up to date and this is a way to supplement with more current data? I can use the spell feature to locate Targets and those other stores but I am guessing they are probably not up to date.
This is what I think too, that the POI are not up to date and therefore custom POI are needed. I for one can tell you that I live near a WalMart that has been there for more than 10 years but is still not included in the POI included in my Nuvi. It's nice to be able to supplement with custom POI's. I use them quite often.
I agree that it is nice to update this way. Also, being a geek at heart I love locating and loading useful waypoints onto my GPS units. It is hard for a company to update data bases on a frequent basis. It is nice that this feature is open so that users can supplement the data. This site is a nice place to do that.
I think you hit the nail on the head, from outdated data bases, to an option for users to supplement data they can use. I can understand what you mentioned about your Wal-Mart. I did a spell search for Best Buy, and only two were listed, the closest one was 489 miles - now, we know better that that. I created a poi file of the 6 or 7 in my area. I don't think I have a need for the entire state much less the entire country. Then again, I could d/l the entire US file then just extract what I need, but I enjoy doing the work myself.
Is it possible to delete the built in POI's? Some stores that my 360 says exists don't exist any more.
more conversation on your question here
thanks for the redirect lsmonop
I'm particularly interested in the iGo POI database, but the question could be asked of any of them. Are there routine, periodic updates to these files? Any idea of costs for the updates? Thanks - Gene
I am a new Garmin NUvi 200 user who has placed a lot of the poi lists on my gps. They are awesome. I travel alot for business and have certain restaurants I like to go to e.g. Chipotle, Panera, etc. The custom POI makes finding them even easier than searching by name.
It may also be true that the GPS POI's are not quite up to date, but I just like the idea of searching for a specific place quickly.
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