... to me anyway.
I just updated my Jeep 430n (a Garmin based in-dash unit) and was checking it out to see if all went well.
I was on a main road cutting through a town with the GPS on but no route programmed, just a 'rolling' map. I look for stuff like is the icon that represents me keeping up with my actual location, the reported speed vs my speedometer and the up "ahead" street names to name a few.
What I thought was a mistake at first I'm guessing now was on purpose.
On this main road the up ahead street listed was Walnut Street but in reality it was Diamond Street. Diamond street crosses the road I was on BUT both sides are one-way that empty on to the street I was on. I guess there is no need to announce a street I can't legally turn onto in either direction. I suppose if I had programmed that intersection as my destination it would have worked but if I was just looking for that road on the screen I would have passed it by.
Now this may have been the case all along but it's the first time I noticed it. Personally, I think it should announce all up ahead streets, whether I can turn onto them or not.
If you are driving on the street that the one way empties onto, it will not give you the name of the street, but if you input an address on that street, it will direct you to that spot on the street even if you have to go 3 blocks out of your way to get to that address. I think they do that for two reasons; 1. Safety issues. 2. Liability issues.
The name of a company that sells Wallnuts, is "Diamond"
Almost sounds like somebody has sense of Humor at Garmin.
Yeah, interesting. I should mention that Walnut Street was after Diamond Street in reality, in case it wasn't obvious in my OP.
I noticed the other day that my route told me to turn on the 2nd right. The FIRST right was a one way that I could not turn on anyway, so I thought, Why is it telling me the 2nd right when I can't use the 1st right?
that it is because some people would not pay attention to the street signs and would turn at the first street even though they are not legally allowed to do so. Some people seem to think that using a GPS means that they do not need to read any street signs.
- Tom -
Because a lot of people are stupid! And if they turned onto the one-way street they would sue everybody they could find, instead of admitting they are stupid!
That street ahead feature is a real hit and miss thing.. Many times it will skip major intersections and display (properly named) a street several crossroads past the next. The street may (or may not) show on the "rolling" map so it is hard to say whether this is a map issue or a Garmin algorithm problem, but annoying in either case.
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