Dec 12, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger
We have been observing personal navigation device makers for some time now and one has to admit that they are coming under increasing pressure.
hat is so hilarious about every person who has such faith in Google being able to create a navigable map database (in a year and a half even, which is what they are quoting), has no idea how Navteq has operated for over 15 years. We have driven every single tiny subdivision road in all the metro areas and many rural areas have been driven to 100% as well. As soon as Google stripped Teleatlas and Navteq data from its GIS, the results were ridiculous. In Tucson, they have the name of three major collector roads off of the I-10 misnamed, and misnamed DIFFERENTLY for several segments at a time. They are missing all the new interchange configurations that were finished this year in the city of Tucson (over 10), and last week, as a friend was asking me to show him my childhood home in Rochester, NY (using Google Maps), I saw that the road that has been named “Latta Rd” since I was 5 years old was named “CR-52″.“Latta Rd” is also a major collector road heading straight to the highway. There is no way using temp drivers with IMU cars can actually allow cartographers to enter navigable attributes correctly (legal and physical dividers/turn restrictions preventing turns from side roads, timed turn restrictions, corner addressing, and so on. The data they have is a joke and as was reported last week, one of the helpful “users” was charged with “editing with ill intent” by changing the addresses of all the competing florists in her city. I doubt she is the first person to think of this. When some time passes and people see how awful the Google data is (they are where Navteq was 12 years ago), the timing of their launch into the personal navigation market without Navteq or Teleatlas data is going to be the laughing stock of the industry. One last thing, I have an in-dash nav-system in my car and I would rather drive blindfolded than try to use my cell phone instead of the large screen provided with my in-dash system. Paaaleease!!
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