Just curious if anyone has created a POI file for all the McDonald's in the USA or at least in California and Nevada? My reason for asking is, I do a lot of traveling and you can ALWAYS find McDonald's in one state of another and it would be handy to know where some of them are located.
Tons of them around my neighborhood...
But if the mood strikes you, go for it, and be prepared for long hours of typing.
The McD's POI's in my 200 aren't very accurate, and don't have some locations that have been around a year or so. My wife and I get that hankering quite often, and I created a file that included local ones. From the McD's website, I used their store finder, and then had to do some cutting-n-pasting to make a file that could be passed to a geo-locator.
Now that I think about it, it was too much work
Gee, considering that the end result is for the benefit of McDonald's, perhaps if you were to contact corporate customer relations maybe they could get an intern to take it on as a project and create a POI file. And before you reject the idea, I have noticed that they have started to add Wi-Fi at some selected locations, so they are not totally against the idea of giving the customer what they want.
Yikes,Now muliply that by a kazillion nationwide. Heck I would imagine most gps's have MickyD's as stock Poi's. Dang that would have to be that largest file here.
I know it would probably take forever to do but there's one thing you can ALWAYS count on, is that there is most likely a McDonald's in a city near you. I just thought it would be cool to have a listed of all of them, call in a BIG MAC of a dream if you like. (LOL)
You will see that he has already done that.
Check and verify your area and send him the updates...
Yeah, I saw that file and downloaded it, so far everything seems hunky dory with it.
I'd like to be able to locate McDonalds with an indoor Play Place.
I have suggested that to them at their website. Got a reply stating that they only take suggestions from their employees. Go figure.
We were going on a vacation this past week, and decided to just use the built-in DB for McD's. Had the dear wife ask for McD's along our route, and we picked one that was coming up. We exited the HiWay, and returned on the opposite service road, only to find a large field where it said McD's should be. We were actually semi-familiar with the area, and couldn't remember there ever being one there, so we thought maybe there was a new one. Nope.
Luckily, I had also mapped the route with Google, and used their "Find along route" feature to find McD's. It didn't show the one that wasn't there, but did show one a mile or two away that the GPS didn't, so we still got our fix.
I think the next "BIG STEP" for the GPS companies will be similar to where TomTom is going with it's user-oriented updates. In fact, that feature alone almost got me into a TomTom, but I've had Garmins for 10+ years, so I thought I'd stick with a known. My gut feeling is there will be major changes coming in the near future as to how these work.
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