The slightly misinformed GPS unit

The slightly misinformed GPS unit

Hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend. I’ve been lucky enough to see my mom, three of my brothers, one of my sisters, several nieces and nephews and my siblings’ spouses. There was a grill going and any number of coolers and even one of those inflatable bounce houses. I got to play some guitar with my older brother and a friend of his.

You may recall that I was trying to decide what electronic devices to take with me on this trip. In the end, I opted for more than I could possibly use. That’s a picture of them (not counting the point and shoot I used to take the picture). I haven’t used either iPod yet, nor will I need to charge any batteries (I didn’t put the charger or the extra batteries in this picture). Won’t use the video camera either.

One of the things I like about traveling by car is that what I bring is limited by how much stuff I’m willing to lug into a hotel room rather than trying to calculate whether I’m going to be charged extra to check a bag with an airline.

My GPS let me down one time, sending me in precisely the opposite direction for a “point of interest” – my hotel  – that was pre-loaded in the device. I was sent two blocks in the wrong direction. The clerk said that happened all the time, so somewhere, a data entry error exists. When I get home, I’ll check to see whether my GPS’ manufacturer has a way to report errors online and see if I can submit this one.

That little episode does point out what a risk relying on a GPS can be. The directions aren’t perfect and not always current. Mine, for instance, doesn’t have the Curtis Road interchange off I-57.

I’m curious about whether anyone else has had adventures caused by the erroneous – or missing – directions from a GPS unit (or, for that matter, from the pronunciations – a previous unit I owned made a road near my parents’ home three syllables when it was only two).

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irenemarie wrote on June 01, 2012 at 4:06 pm

The beauty of archives allowed me to read this article for the first time today.  I lived most of my adult life in Champaign Urbana.  I am currently residing in Chicago. I use to be a positive person and bloomed where I was planted with my old GPS.  No matter where I was, I always found my way.  Then the new GPS was introduced into my life. 

I use to never say anything negative about Chicago.  The brand clerk of this new GPS has informed me that my GPS will never be fixed unless I refrain from saying anything which anyone may not like even the slightest. I thought another clerk had some honest interest in my dilema.  But he sees himself as a budding comedian. He openly makes fun of my dissatisfaction, cajoling his trendy customers to laugh along.  

I do not have any qualms with the product, just with the data entry errors.  The biggest error of my GPS is, being the artists brand, it seems to be programmed in reverse.  Due to where I was working when I was fit for a GPS, I think the fitters thought I wanted everything art.  Initially, the USER of this particular brand is meant to feel like the "point of in interest".  While at work I did not mind.  I was at work.  Outside of work, I did not like it, but smiled and remained positive.  I have met one person who knows about this brand of GPS.  In an effort to show me empathy, he told me the opposite of what any male is ever suppose to tell a female.  He said, 'no one cares anything about you.'  All I could figure is that he has had an encounter with this reverse GPS and has not been able to shake the effects. 

My sophisticated GPS seems to be pre-loaded with characters and defines me as 'my point of interest' sometimes by superficial moments based on visuals and audio which I see and hear but do not produce.  Obviously, a data entry error exists.  I always end up in places with the people who knocked off the tooth fairy.  No kidding, they have bags of teeth.  Does the tooth fairy wear purple?  Because I haven't seen so much purple in my entire life.  I figure they have it on in case someone wakes up while they're knabbing the teeth.  Sort of like the Grinch thing.