I just now noticed this yesterday. I was driving through a school zone during the school zone hours (2-4 pm in my area) and noticed that when I drove through the school zone, the Garmin speed limit icon changed from 35 mph to 20 mph, and then changed back to 35 mph as soon as I left the school zone. Then on my way back, I took the same way, but this time I was driving after school zone hours, and the speed limit stayed at 35 mph. I'm not sure if this feature will work for every school zone in every city, but I imagine if it is not, it soon will be in future updates. Great to see that Garmin is still adding useful features to the maps.
thanks for the info...I will check it out as I pass two school zones every day but had not notice the speed limit changing.
to know which Garmin you are using.
Wow, I'll have to try this in the school zones on my 765T and see if it works with it.
I am going out, I will try it out on my 3590.
Sounds pretty nice. I'll have to drive through a school zone and check it out.
Were you on a scheduled route or just had the GPS on?
My 3790LMT gave me no school zone indications today.
Thank you for the education education.
... but then again, I haven't looked.
Will check it on Monday morning with my 2455 when I go into town to pay some bills.
it's the dog's fault
I just now noticed this yesterday. I was driving through a school zone during the school zone hours (2-4 pm in my area) and noticed that when I drove through the school zone, the Garmin speed limit icon changed from 35 mph to 20 mph, and then changed back to 35 mph as soon as I left the school zone. Then on my way back, I took the same way, but this time I was driving after school zone hours, and the speed limit stayed at 35 mph.
I'm not questioning what you saw but I believe this could just be a coincidence.
Since you said on your return trip, assuming you were traveling in the opposite direction and after school hours, the speed limit indicated 35MPH. A true test would have been to turn around after the School Zone and head back in the direction you saw the speed limit drop.
If the limit dropped as before then one would think it's an error in the map.
I find it hard to believe that Garmin has added School Zone speed limits to their maps that include speed limits for given hours of a particular school.
Schools have varying hours throughout the country so accurately defining times would be quite a feat since it sometimes takes Navteq years to add a road.
...on the Map Reporter site and on that stretch of road, in both directions, Navteq has the speed limit set at 35 mph. And I also traveled back on that same road in that same direction yesterday when school of course was not in session and did not see the speed limit change from 35 mph to 20 mph. I really don't believe it was a coincidence. It just may not be available in all areas yet.
Thank you for the information. Hope my unit will display the speed change.
thats a good idea
Oh, that's a good idea. I'm going have to drive by the schools and check it out. Thanks for noticing that, I would not have ever notice it before when driving thru school zones.
Wish Garmin would have a speed limit feature on all streets and highways.
This seems like a great feature. Is there a way to make a sound alert with the change? That would be extremely useful.
I haven't tried it yet but it sounds like a great feature that would be made even better if a little chime went off as you entered.
I haven't noticed mine doing that yet, will have to pay attention next time.
Would be nice to customize over speed limit warning for different categories.
I think to have the chime you have to buy the safety subscription. I think the safety camera thing does that. I saw it pop up once on me with a ding.
My 1490 has been doing it even before the last update.
Whenever I was driving on the freeway past a high school where the speed limit was 60mph, the Garmin would ding and the red warning sign showed 35mph.
Then further down the freeway it wold warn about a 55 mph limit followed by a 35mph limit as we pass the 2nd of three high schools by that road.
I have no idea what that 55mph warning was for we were by a golf course.
I do not think it has been perfected yet for it stayed at 35/55mph no matter of the time or day we drove by.
I was using the traffic cord if that makes a difference.
Thanks for the info, I will be also going through school zones today and will see how this new feature works.
Hadn't noticed it. I will check
this morning on my way to the gym. I pass through three different school zones on the route I take. Really like the idea of some type of audio alert.
That's 'out of the park' impressive to have that kind of brief, real-time data. Ha! I wonder if it turns off during summer months or betwen 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Thanks for the information. I often check and compare the speed zone indicator on my 2460 but never noticed the school zones. I'll be sure and check it now.
thanks for the info...I will check it out with my NUVI 3590 LMT as I pass some school zones every day but had not notice the speed limit changing.
I happened to go through a school zone today at the time classes were being let out foe the day and the Nuvi 3590 read a speed limit of 45 mph right through the school zone. No change on the screen but the speed limit for that time of day was 20 mph.
So if this is a feature on the latest upgrade to maps it is not working on the 3590.
For those who get the speed changes, do you have the traffic cable attached or have traffic enabled?
I did have the traffic cord connected and enabled, but I don't think the traffic provider has the ability to change the speed limits displayed on the GPS. The speed limit data comes straight off the maps. As I said, it may not be available in all areas yet. For instance, it took about 2 years before speed limit information was displayed on most major surface roads in addition to just interstates. For example, when I first bought my 765t in December of 2009, the current maps that came with the GPS only displayed speed limits on interstates in my area. It wasn't until a year later that all of the major surface streets in my area had speed limit information incorporated into the maps. Just give it time. Next time I pass a school zone, I'll record it and post the video so you guys can see it. I promise I wasn't hallucinating.
thanks very much.
about school zone and their reply was that this was a third party poi that has to be down load into the GPS.
I have no third party poi downloaded. Not a single one. The reason Garmin tech support probably doesn't know about it yet is because it is not an advertised feature yet primarily because it seems to not be available in a lot of places yet. I will take a video next time I pass a school zone to show you guys.
This is a good observation - My normal route does not take me through any school zones - and I have not paid close enough attention to is on the rare instances that I do.
TFTF (Thanks for the find)
I have a Nuvi 1450 with the latest everything on it. As I passed through a school zone today I took special note to see if the speed limit changed and it did not. I wasn't surprised.It seems to me that if Garmin made a major enhancement like we're talking about, they would have announced it. I'm not saying the newer models don't recognize school zones, I'm just saying that my 1450 doesn't.
Drove through several school zones, and mine did not change.
I like the fact that they have that now.
Doesn't seem to work on my Nuvi 765T in my area.
This seems like a very smart thing to do. Though I do keep my speed down already within a school zone, I guess this is there for people that don't pay attention.
I will give it a try with my 765T.
But. man, I'd love it if Garmin would include this feature .... particularly some sort of alarm when you are approaching or moving faster than posted school zone.
But, like others have posted .... how in world would Garmin factor in daylight savings, summer ... and federal "no school" holidays.
And what about those state specific school holidays?
It would really be a database nightmare
I'll need to check thjis on my NUVI 2460LMT.
That is cool!
I'm looking forward to this when I replace my aging GPS navigator. Enough years have passed that it looks like it is worth it for the newer features.
Do you know if speed limit is now available for Canada?
Speed limit is not changing on my GPS, in my area.
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