I am thinking of adding a poi file that lists streets and roads that are restricted to trucks.
There is nothing worse than starting a turn onto a street and finding that trucks are not allowed or restricted as to size or weight. Then we have to bottle up traffic as we try to back out of the situation. Not a pretty sight!
What I am looking for are actual, eyes only, locations. Google Earth and other programs are fine programs, but are not accurate enough for this application.
I'll be using MapSource to input the data.
If anyone is interested in helping with this project, please email me and if enough support is acquired, I'll start the project. You don't need to travel to do this. Most information can be found in your own neighborhood.
What you'll be looking for are signs with pictures of trucks with the circle and line going through, truck restriction signs and such. I'll need the street name, city and state and lat/lon in decimal, and the cross street names at each end of the restricted street, and what the sign actually reads.
I'm on the road most of the time, so I'll only be able to get to my email when I can get internet access (which is about 85% of the time).
Some time ago - I suggested they compile and make available their compilations of embargoed bridges, overhead obstructions/low clearance areas and construction notices and put them in a properly formatted CSV file and make it available on their web site. I'll have to stir the pot again and see what happens...
That would be an extremely helpful file also. Although I have my doubts about working with the government. They seem to want to enforce rules without telling us what the rules are.
Good luck and thanks for your upcoming efforts.
On my part, I'll start with trying to get truck restricted roads from our POI friends out here in POI Land. I think the data will be more reliable coming from someone who has actually seen the restriction.
Any takers out there who would be willing to help us? Just think, it might keep some lost trucker from driving on your quiet street in the middle of the night!
the reason it's not offered on units is the mapping companies, navteq- etc would have to include that info in what they submit to the gps companies. basically they leave it out because they do not want to be held liable for any mistakes that could be made or anything that could be missing. third party software is the way to go on this.
I guess they would rather hear me roar down their little streets at 2 in the morning than try to help with this project.
Any luck on your low bridge project?
You should put a smiley face at the end of that or people might think you are being serious
not yet. governments tend to move slowly. they did seem receptive to the idea...time will tell.
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