Using the Nuvi 750, to me it seems that the announce notice to turn etc is often quite short, even at low speeds(30 mph) One hardly has adequate time to get into the proper lane. Not always, but often Anyone else agree? I guess I was spoiled with VzNavigator with also uses Navteq mappings. It would talk you to death several times before the turns.
I have the 660 and I find at times it's just not enough time to let you know for a turn... I now look at the lower right hand corner of the 660 to see how much distants I have before the turn...
I agree that at times the directions are too short. I usually only see this when there are more than one turn very close together, though. The majority of the time my prompts are more than adequate. I keep an eye on the map display and use the "what's my next turn" button as well. The voice prompts alone are just not enough in some traffic and road situations.
I agree that it is sometimes too short of a notice but what bothers me the most is when I am not sure whether I am turning at the correct street. I wish the device had voice prompts that would tell you "turn left at the next street" or "turn left at the following street" instead of "turn left in 0.2 miles". I never have figured out why gps manufacturers don't do that. It doesn't seem very difficult.
I am glad you posted this, I had a 660 and now the 760. The 760 is slower then the 660 on the distance, and also noticed that it was slow to get started in motion a couple of times today... Is this common with the 760, if so Garmin you have an update coming out?
The units with TTS tell you the actual street name to turn on, plus the distance. Even with non-TTS units, does it not show the name of the street on the display screen?
I've heard that the next generation of GPSs will have even move sophisticated speech directions like "turn left on Jackson street, just after the Dairy Queen, right where that blue SUV just turned".
OK so I just made up that last part. But we can wish, no?
I just noticed though that the 760 seemed to process slower then the 660.
Using the nuvi 750, to me it seems that the announce notice to turn etc is often VERY short, even at low speeds(30 mph) One hardly has adequate time to get into the proper lane.
I have a nuvi 200 I have no problems and I drive a semi-truck.
My Nuvi 670 tells me " In 650 meters turn right on Main St." then "In 300 meters turn right on Main St." and then when I am almost at the intersection
"Turn right on Main St." Not always 650 or 300 meters, I just put those numbers in as I am not sure of the distances right now, but the general idea is that it gives me enough notice that I am ready for the turns. Truly amazing!
I have no problem with the Nuvi 350...........
First off, I think one of the issues with this is people begin to DEPEND on their GPS unit to tell them how to get everywhere rather than having an idea already and using the GPS as an assist.
Second, you can always look ahead on the GPS unit to see the next few steps so again, you have an idea of what road you are looking for, which way you are going to turn, and how far ahead it is. You should be LOOKING (read: use your eyeballs) for the road and the GPS again would be an assist to help you determine where exactly it is.
Third, to the comment someone made about why it lists the distance to a turn rather than saying something like "Turn right on the next road" this only works if roads never change, get built, etc. At least with a distance that is likely to never change, regardless of how many additional roads might be added in between you and the "next road". If right now the next road is a half mile away, it will always be a half mile away. But may not always be the "next road".
Just like the posts about the guy driving onto the railroad tracks because he blindly followed the GPS directions, we have have a duty to be the navigators and drivers of our vehicles, and be proactive in figuring out where you are going. GPS is helpful tool just like a printed map, but you still need to make the final decisions and navigate the route.
After all, the "sorry officer, my GPS told me to go the wrong way on the one way street" will never be a valid defense.
It depends where your driving also. If I'm driving through a rural highway and I need to jump on to another highway ramp then yes, there is plenty of time. If, on the other hand, I'm in say, Los Angeles and sometimes you can have 2-3 lanes of traffic merging from the highway your on to another, then I don't believe that there is enough time to merge, especially if your cruising down the left lane on a 6-7 lane freeway. Its all a matter of where you are and traffic.
I find in busy intersectins whne you are making quick turns that it sometimes will not be able to keep up to give you enough notice. that is one thing nice about 2D over 3D display that you see the route better whne there are close turns.
The first notice my Nüvi 750 gives me is usually 0.9 miles. e.g. "In point-nine miles, take exit 14 to US 395."
Another notice at 0.2 miles, and the last one right at the exit.
Assuming the NAVTEQ street data is accurate (it normally is), this would be very helpful for poorly marked streets. I think it is a useful feature that could be added with a couple small firmware changes. When you are viewing in map mode without a set destination, it says what the next street/intersection is at the top.
I have found that using Battery Saver mode introduced unacceptable lag in announcing upcoming turns.
My $100 refurb i3 seems to give plenty of notice, the "turn right then turn left" gives enough information to set up the next turn in tight situations.
My StreetPilot 7200 gives me adequate time to get in the right lane - so Garmin obviously knows what to do here. I don't know why they would have made the Nuvi with less warning. Mine tells me just after I get on a road when my turn is (ie: Turn left in 2.9 miles) and then gives me warning based on my speed.
ie: If I'm on the expressway, it gives like .7 miles before the exit a new display and verbal warning but on a surface street that's slower it might only give me .3 miles warning.
Perhaps a call to Garmin might set the record straight as to why they made different rules for different model units.
I agree with the other people posting that there is plenty of time. My Nuvi 250W tells me, as soon as I make a turn, how long until my next turn, and in which direction it will be.
So, if I hear "in 1.5 miles turn right" I know I'm going to have to get onto the right lane.
That gives me plenty of time.
I've only had my c340 for a few weeks now. I use it on the Parkway during the week and it's been great -plenty of notice when turns are coming up.
This weekend, I took it to the main shopping area of Poughkeepsie (Route 9) and I gotta admit - if I didn't already know where I was going I would've been cussing like crazy. On quite a few turns it was notifying me just as I was hitting the intersection. If I had been in an area I didn't know, there wouldn't have been enough time to slow down and make the turn. Very disappointing behavior!!
When we got back home, the Max Mileage read 139MPH! Where'd that come from?? (At one point the suction mount let go and the c340 came down - but I don't think it hit 139 on it's way to the floor mat! )
Same goes with the LG GPSr. Ample time with several options. For example: 'In 2 kilometers, turn left onto exit 70 / Highway 40 East', then will announce within 800 kms, then within 300 and ultimately within 30 meters it will announce 'turn left onto exit 70'.
Of course the option to select numbers and or names alone is there too.
Works very well.
Quick, we need someone to make a warning sound file just before the GPS falls to the floor mat, 2 second warning should be ample.....LOL
I usually receive two warnings for the turn - one about 0.2-0.7 miles from the turn and the second right before it - I couldn't ask for better instructions.
I have the nuvi 260 and I love it, it does not delay before turns.
I'd agree with the other 750 owners who don't have any issues. It warns four times audibly of the upcoming turn and displays mileage and finally the distance in feet to the turn. Now, if you completely ignore the GPS until it says "TURN LEFT NOW!!!!" then yeah, you're likely to end up in someone's swimming pool. So I think here the differences in whether people think it gives enough warning or not is less about the device and more about how it's being used.
Its only a problem for me after a recalculation in a city environment. The unit tells me to turn at the next street... which I've gone past before it finishes telling me to turn. But on a normal turn, I seem to have plenty of time.
I used to own a Streetpilot 2820 and it had a small picture depicting the direction of the next turn. Warnings were always quite good. My Nuvi 680 does not have this turn icon but does warn in a reasonable time. Not as well as the 2820 I think. i REALLY MISS THAT LITTLE PICTURE of the next turn.
That happened to me in Boston. However, recently I have found that when it says turn on blank street, i am still quite far from it. This happens more in the country enviroment.
Every week I have a Hertz car with the Neverlost system GPS (Magellan). I bring my own GPS, but others may also use the car, so the comapny pays for the Neverlost anyway. The Neverlost has a little dot in the next turn box indicating the direction of the next turn. Although my C580 usually gives me plenty of notice, I really wish it had that feature. I find myself pressing the next turn box way ahead of time so I know what my next move will be.
This past weekend my wife and I went out to do some errands, she was driving with the Nuvi 660 on.. We had a 2 1/2 mile drive before a left hand turn.. When we got to that turn my wife was in the left hand turn lane and was 25ft from the turn when she said that the Nuvi had not given us the voice prompt to turn left, just after saying that the Nuvi gave us the voice prompt, but now we were in the intersection by then.. Sometimes it just seems that the Nuvi is just sleeping... LOL..
I find myself pressing the next turn box way ahead of time so I know what my next move will be.
Thank You! I'm new at this and still figuring out the various uses. Hadn't thought of that one yet!
That way it is quick and easy, and it fixes the details of the next turn in my mind. I use it regularly for complex freeway interchanges when I'm in a strange city or region. My Nüvi 260 piloted us flawlessly through numerous interchanges in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Mobile, Pensacola, Tallahassee, etc., on a recent trip. Warnings at freeway speed came at .9 miles, .3 miles, and at the turn, and were quite sufficient in conjunction with using the "Turn in" button to see the next turn well ahead of time.
Also with my Nüvi 260, the green bar on top of the screen shows the name of the street and directional details of the next turn starting at about 10 miles away.
As soon as I turn it announces the next turn, around ½ mile to the turn it announces again (so you can get in proper lane) and when you are on top of the turn (500 feet) it makes the last announcement.
makes me feel good I just purchased this unit.
I have the Nuvi 260 and do not use the audio feature. I do notice that when looking at the description of the 'next' turn it will always tell me left or right, so I plan accordingly depending on the distance to the next turn. Even when I have had the audio on, it had given me plenty of notice.
It gives notifications ahead of time if you're driving on the same road. However if you need turn and turn in let's say 100meters, the alert comes after you passed the turn . Yesterday i experienced it twice....
When you are in the big city with turn after turn right away I noticed that it slowed to tell me the next turn in time.
My 260 will still give good directions in this situation. When there are 2 turns in quick succession, it will say something like "In .2 miles, turn right on Main St., then turn left." That tells me that there is an immediate turn back to the left. The next turn screen will help you to visualize that as well. The visual representation is generally quite accurate. Also the green bar on top starts telling me which way to turn as much as 10 miles ahead of time.
The GPS has several tools that are really designed to be used together (along with your brain) to safely get you to your destination. Ignoring the visual directions and just listening to the voice prompts is only using a fraction of the power of this tool that you paid a wad of money for. Why not use ALL of its features? I find it even more peculiar that anyone would turn off the voice instructions like the post above. Why buy a nuvi 260 and then turn off the only thing that makes it worth the added price? Not to mention the added distraction of always having to look at the screen to see where you stand.
Most of the time my 350 gives me enough time, but every once in a while it is really close. Is there a way to change this setting?
I love to have the option to make it notify the turn earlier than the one they have now.
I just picked up my 1st GPs and I do find it a little annoying that there isn't a warning bell alert to advise you of the turns.
Can one be made like a custom POI wav?
That's what Jill is supposed to do. Do you have a Voice selected in Tools>Settings>Language? Is your volume muted?
To my knowledge, there's no way on nuvis to change the advance notice distance on upcoming turns.
Since you say it works well most of the time, you may have an issue where your map has slightly mislocated a few intersections and the nuvi thinks it is giving you sufficient notice. On the infrequent times that you're given short notice, does your visual display show the turn on the GPS screen a bit after the actual road as seen through the windshield? I have this issue on one street that I know of--not too bad, except that it's my street entry to my townhouse complex, so I get short notice (and even some "recalculating" events) whenever I route myself home. Lucky I know where I live
If this is your issue, too, then we just need to hope that next year's map update will relocate the mismapped roads.
My Nuvi260w is also slow at advising of turns. I thought there was a way to adjust notification. Still Looking, any help?
Have you tried the Garmin web updater? If that is the same issue that they had and they fixed it by an update. I belive it was the 4.0 software. I know that there is a thread about this somewere.
In some situation when there are 2 or more streets near each other, it will be late in announcing when to turn.
But overall its pretty good.
I have also had trouble on multi-lane freeways - especially if there are multiple exits (like the Spaghetti Bowl in Vegas). I prefer the second lane from the right, as most off ramps are on the right side... but not all
My 660 seems to announce around one and half-mile distances, but it would be nice to be able to set default notification distances.
I find the time announced to make turns,with the Nuvi 270 and Streetpilot 340, to be enough time to react.
That is a little funny. I also have the 200 and I noticed that it, the 2x and 3x series seem to have less problems then the higher series. I wonder if it is because it is a newer line? Maybe newer cpu chips...ect inside?
I don't understand why Garmin don't make this a settable feature- near and far turn warning distances shouldn't be that difficult to do and would be good to be able to change in heavy traffic where getting over can take a mile or so.
I have a Nuvi 350 which tells you on the screen how far ahead your next turn is. Of course, I rely on the voice to prompt me for turns, however, I do routinely look at the screen to see how far the next turn is. I can even hit the lower right corner and it shows me the turn and the lane I need to be in. If everybody would look at the screen once in awhile this should be sufficient even with late announcements.
In my experience with the 750 it announces them both at the same time. It says the first turn and if the next turn is very close, it announces it right after.
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