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klenop3

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Why is it that ALL GPS units can not think that if it is in a specific area of the world and that area has speed zones in school zones, say 40km then if it is outside the time for school zones or it is holidays or it is weekends then it 'dissables' the allert/waring. Surely this is simply programing. The GPS knows the exact time, date , location in the world your are...seem simple to me. I use a Garmin Nuvi 660 in my car in Australia, but travel abroad often.
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r.meeder3

GPS: NĂ¼vi 765T







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It is not so much a problem of the GPS unit as well a problem for the map builders.
I spend some time looking at the detailed navteq maps at the navteq mapreporter and those specific details are not in the map data.

In the Netherlands we have quite a few roads which are closed for cars during rush hour to prevent people from taking shortcuts. That data isn't in the map.

If this data would be in the map then it is up to Garmin and others to implement it in the software.
I agree completely with you that it would be a great addition to GPS units.
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mikeman1485

GPS: GoogleMaps,TOMTOM







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I agree the map creator would have had to add that in. Also most electronics are only as smart as their programmer Wink
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syd_norton3

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klenop3 wrote:
Why is it that ALL GPS units can not think that if it is in a specific area of the world and that area has speed zones in school zones, say 40km then if it is outside the time for school zones or it is holidays or it is weekends then it 'dissables' the allert/waring. Surely this is simply programing. The GPS knows the exact time, date , location in the world your are...seem simple to me. I use a Garmin Nuvi 660 in my car in Australia, but travel abroad often.


klenop3
It's down to whoever programs the programs in the first place.
Like when you as a newbie asks a question and whoever answers (mostly) answers it like we should know all about the workings of a GPS. I have had my current GPS for around 3+ years now and don't get to use it enough to really get used to it when updating maps and speed cams etc so it's a learn as you go process each time.
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kerry_koppen

GPS: street pilot c320







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I agree schools don't operate for 25% of the time and the other 75% is only 2 hours each day all gps units should know this
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johmazz2006

GPS: Garmin Nuvi 765, Garmin 3950LMT, Garmin 2455LMT, Navman40, Garmin StreetPilot 3







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klenop3 wrote:
Why is it that ALL GPS units can not think that if it is in a specific area of the world and that area has speed zones in school zones, say 40km then if it is outside the time for school zones or it is holidays or it is weekends then it 'dissables' the allert/waring. Surely this is simply programing. The GPS knows the exact time, date , location in the world your are...seem simple to me. I use a Garmin Nuvi 660 in my car in Australia, but travel abroad often.


If it that simple why not program your own poi's ?

GPS manufacturers pay mapping company's to supply mapping for each country, and those maps get updated every day when things alter and the info gets to the mapping company, BUT, the updates only get to the GPS manufacturers approx 4 times per year, (as per Garmin updates)

In the end, we are all the "responsible" person behind the wheel and should also watch where we are going and observe the conditions where ever we are driving.

Look at the road deaths from drivers not watching/doing the right thing.
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I do wish they were smarter. One of the other problems that I notice is when a major highway runs along a secondary road. Often the GPS will say that the speed limit for the highway is the same as the small secondary road. I expect that they two must be too close to each other for the GPS to understand the difference.

The same for School zones on roads next to highways. I get the warning even through the road that I am on is not part of the school zone.

I expect with the school zone problem, the POI doesn't actually support "times"

As a result the GPS isn't actually being told that this information for this location is only effective during certain times of the day.

The GPX format, which is an attempt to standardise the POI format and import/export formats for the various GPS devices out there, doesn't have something in teh spec for an "Active" Time.

So it doesn't look like this problem is going to go away anytime soon.





jason.learmonth

GPS: Skoda Columbus (RNS510)







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Just like speed limit data is now associated with mapping, there is no reason why the various entities (Sensis, NavTeq...) cannot collect data not only where reduced school zones exist but also collect information on whether they are permanent or timed (i.e. 0800-0930 & 1430-1600). And yes, the GPS units correct their time to the atomic clock pretty much so are pretty damn accurate time wise. Hopefully such a feature begins to appear because it's annoying being alerted to something erroneously.
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johmazz2006

GPS: Garmin Nuvi 765, Garmin 3950LMT, Garmin 2455LMT, Navman40, Garmin StreetPilot 3







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Can't see the problem. If the GPS beeps at a school zone, look at the sign when you get to it, and correct your speed if it is in force at that time of day, otherwise ignore it. If the beep is bothersome, don't instal the sound file in that directory and all stays quiet.
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