Just bought a Nuvi 350. POI's are not up to date. My TomTom is much more current. Garmin's support says they do not offer updates. You'd think a new purchase would have POI's that are at least up to date in the last 12 months. Is there anyway to get current? What about updated maps?
Garmin offers updates of Maps about once a year ($75 I believe) which come with updated POIs. So they meant they do not offer separate POI updates I guess.
But that is why this site exists, to make and load your own POI files.
Thanks for the info. I believe I'm getting updated maps for free. Did not realize POI's came with the maps.
Be aware, however, that even with the updated maps, the built in POIs still may not be up to date. There are several locations near me that have been gone (demolished for expansion of the local university) for at least 7 years. And they still show up on the maps.
I wish that the poi database would be kept more up to date, even with less entries in it. There are electronic versions of The Yellow Pages (or similiar) that come out every year and are pretty accurrate. You think there would be a third party somewhere with an up to date database that would be happy to be a supplier of poi's for Garmin.
I don't necessarily disagree, however, the Yellow Pages, doesn't have to worry about exactly WHERE the businesses are physically located. So that's a huge piece of information that they don't have to 1) collect, 2) maintain and 3) verify.
Actually the yellow pages probably don't have to verify ANYTHING since businesses who want to be in the yellow pages provide the information and PAY for it to be in the yellow pages. If businesses paid to be in the POIs for GPS units and provided the info, I am sure the POIs would be spot on!
And it is a GPS. I am sure Garmin can easily write a script to go through a Yellow Pages database and convert addresses to gps coodorinates if they wanted to ... or write a routine in the GPS itself to use the address out of the database to figure out where it is. After all, that is what we do when we navigate to an address and the GPS handles that quite well.
For instance, there is absolutely no valid reason in the world why a Staples that moved over 7 years ago is still listed at the old address and not the new address in the Garmin POI database.
The Yellow Pages have it right, they had it right since the new edition of the Yellow Pages came out the year that Staples moved. The phone book has it right. The reverse directory we use at work has it right. Garmin has it wrong. Or NavTeq. Whereever Garmin gets their POI's from anyway.
While I know Garmin makes every effort to get the information correct when it provides map updates, the information is only as good (and accurate) as the source. Notwithstanding anything else, I'm really amazed at teh AMOUNT of information that IS available.
Some will undoubtedly be outdated - hence the information on this website! A proposed new feature for future GPS systems would be the ability to DELETE a POI that was found to be incorrect.
Anyway, my two cents worth!
I haven't had much experience with out of date POI but I think Garmin does a very good job keeping the highways up to date. There are highway changes around where I live that were not open until over 6 months after I got my unit yet they were still included. Accurate highways and streets are much more important than POI so I am happy.
Wish I could say the same. I live in the Foothills area of Yuma, AZ and have lived here for over three years. There are hundreds (thousands) of folks here. There are about three square miles of developed properties that does not show on the current maps.
And it is a GPS. I am sure Garmin can easily write a script to go through a Yellow Pages database and convert addresses to gps coodorinates if they wanted to ...
A business can't just go and get information from another business without paying for it or getting permission (not likely to happen). If Garmin was found to have used AT&T's list they would be in HUGE trouble. If you are going to sell a product for "profit" you can't copy others work and then sell it as your own.
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