New map updates - Street name announcements

 

I just noticed last night while driving on highway 427 south in Toronto Canada area that Garmin Maps now have starting calling Dundas Street as Highway 5. I know on highway signs they have written highway 5 besides Dundas Street as well but everyone calls it Dundas Street and no one calls it highway 5 except Garmin. It never used to be the case. Waze still calls it Dundas Street. it is so confusing to understand what the heck is highway 5.

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Garmin calls the street

Garmin calls the street names according to what has been fed to the mapmaker by State and Local GIS systems. If the State, County, or City changes the disegnation name of the road, then that's what Garmin will use.

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Well

Often we hear folks complaining about names being used rather than numbers, seems Garmin can't win smile

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sussamb wrote: Often we hear

sussamb wrote:

Often we hear folks complaining about names being used rather than numbers, seems Garmin can't win smile

Well, the issue is no one calls it highway 5. I am living in this city for the last 32 years and all these years this road has been known as Dundas Street and not highway 5. So there is no point of calling it something else.

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Your beef is with the GIS

Your beef is with the GIS department of your local government. They are the ones who changed the name.

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Same issue on Waterloo Region

rookie8155 wrote:
sussamb wrote:

Often we hear folks complaining about names being used rather than numbers, seems Garmin can't win smile

Well, the issue is no one calls it highway 5. I am living in this city for the last 32 years and all these years this road has been known as Dundas Street and not highway 5. So there is no point of calling it something else.

60 miles west in Waterloo Region, the same happens. This is not new here. It's been like this for years.

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Around here we have quite a

Around here we have quite a few roads with "street" and State or County numbers. I have not heard anyone complain that it's confusing. Seems easy to remember, so not a big deal.

My only thought would be - What does the post office use if there are addresses on that street? If the house address is 1224 on "A Street" can they also deliver mail to 1234 on "Hwy 5"?

On the other hand, I get mail for houses down the street at least once a week, so I guess the post office doesn't always get it right anyway. So moot point....

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Maybe,

rookie8155 wrote:
sussamb wrote:

Often we hear folks complaining about names being used rather than numbers, seems Garmin can't win smile

Well, the issue is no one calls it highway 5. I am living in this city for the last 32 years and all these years this road has been known as Dundas Street and not highway 5. So there is no point of calling it something else.

Garmin is trying to start a new trend. grin

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phranc wrote:

Your beef is with the GIS department of your local government. They are the ones who changed the name.

That's not always the case. Garmin's street names do not always match our local GIS map names.

KenSny wrote: Around here we

KenSny wrote:

Around here we have quite a few roads with "street" and State or County numbers. I have not heard anyone complain that it's confusing. Seems easy to remember, so not a big deal.

My only thought would be - What does the post office use if there are addresses on that street? If the house address is 1224 on "A Street" can they also deliver mail to 1234 on "Hwy 5"?

On the other hand, I get mail for houses down the street at least once a week, so I guess the post office doesn't always get it right anyway. So moot point....

Postal address is by Street name. They never use Hwy 5 as postal address. For example UPS Store is 2400 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, Ontario.

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The maps generally contain

The maps generally contain both highway designation and street name but only one will be used in audio and visual identification in the GPS. In Garmins case it seems they have selected highway designation to take priority over street names.

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What the natives call it...

sbbjm wrote:

The maps generally contain both highway designation and street name but only one will be used in audio and visual identification in the GPS. In Garmins case it seems they have selected highway designation to take priority over street names.

Many times I'll be turning onto a state route and my Garmin will announce a street NAME instead of the state route NUMBER. Now, my wife and I have lived in the same house for over 46 years so we know our way around pretty well, and I can assure you NOBODY refers to those roads by their NAMES. I would defy you to find even one street sign containing the NAME of the road. If I tell someone how to get to Debonne winery, for example, I'll tell them to take 90 to 528 (I-90 to OH-528). Needless to say, the first time I heard my GPS say "turn onto NAME" (I don't even remember the name of OH-528 in Lake County, Ohio) I was surprised.

Phil

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rookie8155 wrote:

I just noticed last night while driving on highway 427 south in Toronto Canada area that Garmin Maps now have starting calling Dundas Street as Highway 5. I know on highway signs they have written highway 5 besides Dundas Street as well but everyone calls it Dundas Street and no one calls it highway 5 except Garmin. It never used to be the case. Waze still calls it Dundas Street. it is so confusing to understand what the heck is highway 5.

I hate also when it occasionally calls out Peels regional roads instead of the names. Like who knows RR 17 is Cawthra or RR 4 is Dixie. It'll call it by actual name when you have to turn onto it but from a distance like on 403, it'll use the regional road. Very annoying and probably confusing for visitors.

Why Even Try???

When one of my kids lived in S. Miami Fl. I learned that Red Road was route 959 was S.W. 57th Ave. Against those odds why even try?

Mole hill

I experience this situation many times on different roads where my trusty Garmin will call some road/street/highway by a number.
That really does not bother me one bit since the GPS will also tell me to turn right or left at the stop sign or traffic light or wherever. How many actually try to read a street/road name on the fly?

To add to the Hwy 5/Dundas street debacle, unless I am wrong once you are out in the boonies then it is really called Hwy 5. So how would the Garmin know when it is one or the other?

Should I also be annoyed when the Garmin says "Stay on the road" when I am on an Interstate type highway?

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dbusguy wrote: rookie8155

dbusguy wrote:
rookie8155 wrote:

I just noticed last night while driving on highway 427 south in Toronto Canada area that Garmin Maps now have starting calling Dundas Street as Highway 5. I know on highway signs they have written highway 5 besides Dundas Street as well but everyone calls it Dundas Street and no one calls it highway 5 except Garmin. It never used to be the case. Waze still calls it Dundas Street. it is so confusing to understand what the heck is highway 5.

I hate also when it occasionally calls out Peels regional roads instead of the names. Like who knows RR 17 is Cawthra or RR 4 is Dixie. It'll call it by actual name when you have to turn onto it but from a distance like on 403, it'll use the regional road. Very annoying and probably confusing for visitors.

Yes, exactly that was my point. Even for me it was confusing that I would be exiting on hwy 5 and I was wandering which road is hwy 5? If it announces that my next exit was Dundas Street then I know where I am exiting.

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