TomTom has released an update to build 9.465 for the Nav2 models. (These are the older models that will let you see the files on the GPS with a file manager like Windows Explorer.)
In addition to bug fixes and miscellaneous minor changes, the new software now allows the GPS to suggest a U-Turn when appropriate - but only in North America. (The reason that it has taken years of complaining to get TomTom to implement U-Turns is that they are almost universally illegal or impractical in Europe, and TomTom is based in the Netherlands.) Previously, the TomTom routing code imposed a 5-minute penalty for a U-Turn, which resulted in generating a routing that made a big loop instead of a simple U-Turn.
The U-Turn fix was incorporated a couple of months ago in an update for the newer Nav3 devices, so all of the TomTom models should now have it.
With best wishes,
- Tom -
Thanks for posting, sent the info to my daughter who has a TomTom. Don't know what model though.
the new software now allows the GPS to suggest a U-Turn when appropriate - but only in North America
It certainly would be nice if the units had some awareness of where U-turns may be illegal (e.g., most city intersections in Alberta) or unwise (e.g., twisty mountain highways in BC), or both (e.g., anywhere on the 400-series highways in Ontario).
Thanks for the info
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As I understand it, the new logic allows U-Turns at intersections when traveling on a divided road. There is probably additional logic involved that covers other situations, but I have not seen anything more detailed than a very rough summary of the new algorithm.
I have seen a favorable comment by a Canadian about the performance of the same algorithm on his NAV3 series TomTom, which got this update some time ago.
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