Google Maps way of travelling..how reliable ??
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#16
| Loud Noisy Bird
I think that is true even in countries where the underlying data is a lot better than it is as yet in India. Cars following the GPS into rivers and juggernauts following theirs onto mountain tracks seems to happen all over. I think it is too new, and not yet widely enough known, for that to happen much in India, but ...it will.
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#17
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#16 I think that is true even in countries where the underlying data is a lot better than it is as yet in India.


I took the GPS route to Custer State Park with every body asking, are we there yet? It turns out it is administered in Crazy Horse state park 40 klicks away. The staffer laughed but said while you are here take a leisurely wide turn around the parking lot and see the monument for free:). We resorted to Indian GPS, stopping and askiing along the way. It was a long day but Custer is a smashing park indeed..
#18
| Layperson
About using GPS in Leh, remember that there is minimal phone service in most of Ladakh, and even in Leh townt he gprs internet service on mobile phones is pretty slow and unreliable. SO you definitely need something offline.

There are some decent paper maps available at Dzomsa and other shops that are easier to understand and better designed for actual use than googlemaps, but googlemaps does cover Ladakh in the less-than-full resolution level.
#19
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

I think that is true even in countries where the underlying data is a lot better than it is as yet in India. Cars following the GPS into rivers and juggernauts following theirs onto mountain tracks seems to happen all over. I think it is too new, and not yet widely enough known, for that to happen much in India, but ...it will.


Quite right. A Man lost his life, trying to seek help after he and his wife were stranded on a road/"short cut" shown on the GPS. Fortunately, the wife was rescued. I bought a GPS after doing without it for years. I have found it only somewhat useful. But then I can get myself to an address in a city a thousand miles or more away using paper maps, which are rather coarse.
I shudder to think of the (de)evolution of Indian drivers. Armed with GPS, they would be even more aggressive than they are now.
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#20
| Loud Noisy Bird
After running into the vehicle in front, it may be argued that the GPS did not show it was there :naughty:
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#21
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Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

After running into the vehicle in front, it may be argued that the GPS did not show it was there :naughty:


So funny. I wouldn't be surprised if it did happen. The following has happened. I was walking along a crowded street without a proper sidewalk when a I felt a little nudge at the back of my knee. I turned around and found a car had hit me. As soon as the driver saw me turn around, he yelled "Don't you see where you are going?" :D
He was trying to squeeze between a rikshaw and a bus. I thought it was hilarious. The guy in front is supposed to keep an eye on the driver behind them. Classic Indian driver attitude.
As to google maps and GPS, sometimes they do come handy. I used google maps around George, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It almost helped me negotiate my way close to a promontory. I got to a point when the dirt road turned into two deep ruts in the mud. I would have needed a 4W drive vehicle to go any further. I could see the ocean from the car. Other than the fact that one could drive into the ocean by following the map, it did an excellent job taking me to the point where commonsense must override the map.
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#22
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Originally posted by: edwardseco View Post

I took the GPS route to Custer State Park with every body asking, are we there yet? It turns out it is administered in Crazy Horse state park 40 klicks away. The staffer laughed but said while you are here take a leisurely wide turn around the parking lot and see the monument for free:). We resorted to Indian GPS, stopping and askiing along the way. It was a long day but Custer is a smashing park indeed..


Last year when I was driving to my brother's house, the GPS drove me around in circles. It repeatedly got me to place claiming that it got me to my destination, which wasn't really my destination. Every time I turned away from the "claimed" destination, the GPS voice would chide me, "What's the point in me giving you directions if you won't follow them!"
There are two streets with the same name, about half a mile apart. Actually, it used to be one dirt road when the area was a farmland. When the area was developped, and paved roads were laid, the road two sections of the road were cut off from each other.l
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#23
| Maha Guru Member
Had something like that take me around and around a block in Monterey, CA. I sheepishly got out the map and looked up my destination:). Don't leave home without a Thomas guide..
#24
| Loud Noisy Bird
Every time I turned away from the "claimed" destination, the GPS voice would chide me, "What's the point in me giving you directions if you won't follow them!"

I quite like arguing with mine... "I'm not going that way, you silly machine!" This is when it is turned on to cover me for the final few km of an area that I don't know, but where the route towards that area is very well known to me including time dependent traffic avoidance.

The best time, though, was when I got lost at 2.00am in a maze of lanes not 5km from where I live. I've since come to know that place, but I didn't at the time and kept going in circles and had completely lost my sense of direction. I finally gave up and the phone GPS got me out in a few minutes. I have a good city map book, but a map book does not tell you where you are now, or what direction you are going in.

Another time, I lost my sense of direction in the IIT campus. I didn't need maps, I just needed direction: the phone's compass got me pointing the right way immediately.
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