We took a trip the last three weeks and we tried looking for food along the road. Nearly every place to eat that we tried to locate on my C340 (which is probably 7 years old but regularly updated) was closed or gone.
Does Garmin update its POIs in the lifetime map updates? Or doe sit just update the maps? I suppose it could just be the deepening depression closing restaurants across the country, but it seemed odd that everything was defunct. But it would make more sense if the POI data is seven years old.
Yes, but be advised that it can take 4 - 6 years (or longer) for some of them to get updated. Particularly for closed locations.
Also note that while some POIs may be added, some valid ones may actually be deleted.
And that is why we like the Poi Factory so much. Generally most of the file's are up to date. Keep in mind that there are some that no one is maintaining.
I sent a request for information to Garmin asking about this. It takes up to 3 business days for a reply.
@pwohlrab - Yes, This is a real value of POI Factory!
"Thank you for contacting Garmin International. I would be happy to help you with this today. The points of interest data base is updated with every map update. Our automotive maps are updated quarterly."
But temper that response with the advice above: "...it can take 4 - 6 years (or longer) for some of them to get updated. Particularly for closed locations" (Motorcycle Mama); and, "...while some POIs may be added, some valid ones may actually be deleted" (DorkusNimrod).
It's nice to see another c340 user here! I have the latest maps for mine, and as others have said, they do update with the maps, unfortunately they aren't quite accurate. I rarely trust the pre-loaded POIs and come here for the ones I would like to be able to drive to.
When you are zoomed in close enough to see icons on your GPS it is not unusual at all to see pre-loaded POI icons but you look out the windows and you don't see the business the icon is for. If you drive around the surronding area for awhile you may find it, if it still in business.
Just check it out next time you are sitting at stop light, exiting an interstate for a break or whenever you can, safety first though.
The next town over from me has 1 gas station and the POI for it is 1/4 mile away.
I was looking for a Target in NJ, so I looked into my POIs and drove to the closest one. I knew something wasn't right when it said get on the Turnpike and then Now Arriving at Target on Right...
Technically the closest road was the Turnpike and not the road that the parking lot was on, I ended up WAY out of my way to get there
I suppose it's a low priority to Garmin. Yeah, I love the POI-Factory files, but sometimes you just want to find the closest place to eat and it's frustrating to keep coming up empty.
Until we get a POI file of all the restaurants across the country, I guess.....now there's a project.
Are you volunteering for this great poi??
I expect that businesses submit their locations to Navteq for inclusion in the maps and I also suspect that Navteq has to make money. As a result, I expect that businesses pay Navteq, but I could be wrong. As a result, I doubt if businesses give high priority to tell Naveq if a closure. Even with that, it likely takes one to three years to filter down to the actual updated map.
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