July 27, 2011

Death Valley GPS Blunders

If you are reading this site, you probably have a GPS or want one, and while my GPS has gotten me to so many places and out of so many jams, I have lost count, the GPS and its imperfect maps have led a few astray, badly astray. I heard this story on NPR yesterday and thought I would pass it along.

The story details GPS woes in Death Valley, where old forgotten roads make their way into current day GPS mapsets and then lead their users into trouble on roads that really aren't passable. Luckily, someone is doing something about it, and Ranger Charlie Callagan is working with TomTom (TeleAtlas Maps) and NAVTEQ to fix mapsets so that only real roads are shown, and old forgotten unpassable roads are deleted.

Read the Full Story at NPR - GPS: A Fatally Misleading Travel Companion, or listen to the audio version - the link is at the top of the story.

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Posted by Scott Martin at July 27, 2011 8:11 AM

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