We have a pretty neat opportunity here with POI Factory by being able to create POI files and share them. I am just wondering what the future holds for the POIs on the GPS Devices themselves. What I am referring to is how street address and locations can vary somewhat. For example, a Walgreens near 15034 Shannon Parkway, Rosemount, MN 55068. Because of how POIs are created as a location on a road the actual location of the building may be quite a ways from a point on a road. Do you guys think that the future will have the actual location of POIs in the future. (Either Custom POIs or from the factory POIs.)
Also, I wonder if the future of address geocoding and reverse geocoding might include increased accuracy. I was thinking about this tonight when I went to pick up my son from a neighbors house. Because of the way numbers are assigned in that neighborhood, the location that Garmin software picks for the address entered is a couple of house away. Obviously, that is no big deal, but I was hoping that the future may hold a means to increase the accuracy of the geo-coding and reverse geo-coding. Maybe a way to enter certain points in a neighborhood that would allow a sort of "forward error correction" if you will. Maybe a type of "smart GPS geocoding" for example where you add certain known addresses on a street and the GPS interpolates (or would that be extrapolate?)other addresses on the street based on the updates.
I seems to me that memory continues to get cheaper, so devices with increased accuracy of geo-coding may require more memory, but hopefully at a minimal increase in cost. Maybe the place to start is with commercial POIs. The Walgreens that I refer to isn't located in the center of the street, of course, but is located some distance from the street.
I am very satisfied with how my GPS navigates now, I am just sort of speculating about what the future may hold.
The other thing that I think about from time to time is reducing the time between map updates. Granted, it takes some time for changes to get added to the mapping software, but I would love to see that time reduced. Even though "connected" GPSs seem slow to catch on with end users, I think the future will include the ability to share updates with others. That is what we are doing here on POI Factory. Take that another step further, and say a city adds a few new streets, it would be neat to have a way to add that street to the maps fairly soon after the street gets built.
Tom Tom has share technology.Looks like Garmin would have it to. See http://www.tomtom.com/products/product.php?ID=712&Category=0... and click on Tom Tom share tecnology and watch the video.
Some inaccuracies will always exixt. While looking for real estate, I notice Google Strret View always plunks down up to 1/2 block off. I have to flip back and forth between the realtors picture and street view til I find the exact property.
With the technology now with geotaging the photos.It looks like that would be a big plus for people in real estate now.Just look at the picture with the coordinates on them.Plug them into the gps and go right to it.
Maybe a type of "smart GPS geocoding" for example where you add certain known addresses on a street and the GPS interpolates (or would that be extrapolate?)other addresses on the street based on the updates.
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If the house is between the the known addresses its interpolation. If it lies outside the known addresses its extrapolation.
I think it depends on the type of POI as to how I would like to see them geocoded. But I can't speak for everyone else. It's obvious that something like a rest area or a time zone would be geocoded on the main highway, but when it comes to something like a zoo or other attraction, which may be a half or three quarters of a mile off the main highway I would just as soon have their parking lot geocoded. My reason for that is because POIs like zoos I don't just happen by them by chance, when I'm in a strange area I know what I want to see so I use the POI list the same as I do The built in POIs and when I find what I want I have the GPS route me there.
I think in the future maps will only get more accurate and be updated faster.
It would be great if the mapping companies had a way to compare satellite maps with what they show and be able to update streets that way.
Also I would like to see traffic monitored by satellite for the whole US, so you could get traffic warnings for side streets, and construction zone delays for rural areas.
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