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).