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    Incorrect GPS Guidance

    OK, for all you hi tech gurus -

    GPS consistently misdirects our physical location (business plant) to a location about 3 blocks away. As a result, a lot of delivery trucks end up calling for directions from the misdirected location. Is there any way to correct this?



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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    Most gps devices use google maps to find locations. Check to see if google maps has it incorrect as well. I believe you can notify them that it is incorrect. Good luck



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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneBob View Post
    OK, for all you hi tech gurus -

    GPS consistently misdirects our physical location (business plant) to a location about 3 blocks away. As a result, a lot of delivery trucks end up calling for directions from the misdirected location. Is there any way to correct this?
    In a new part of town? I noticed, when we moved to a new subdivision, that the GPS was all screwed up (streets didn't match, didn't have our location correct, etc.).

    Fixed itself in a year or 2, maybe not that long even. Sorry, not much help other than 'I know what you're going thru' but mine didn't have business on the line.



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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    Besides what has already been mentioned, I would recommend an extension that has pre-recorded directions. If someone calls for directions you just transfer them to that extension and they can listen to the recording.



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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    People keep showing up at our office because the GPS tells them this is a Citibank office. Never has been because this building was built for us and there is no Citibank in Omaha.
    My sister had a woman show up at her house once and insist that because the GPS directed her there for something else that it couldn't be her home.


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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    In a new part of town? I noticed, when we moved to a new subdivision, that the GPS was all screwed up (streets didn't match, didn't have our location correct, etc.).

    Fixed itself in a year or 2, maybe not that long even. Sorry, not much help other than 'I know what you're going thru' but mine didn't have business on the line.
    Thanks, but not a new part of town; been here for like 30+ yrs.



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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    I hate technology. What good has technology done for us anyway? I just drove in a lake because my GPS told me to.

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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    The GPS is going to be accurate within 5 - 15 feet depending on the correction being used. Even autonomous GPS will be at most within 30 feet which should be close enough to get the delivery truck to the coordinates.

    The problem isn't with the GPS, its with the address database that GPS uses. Google maps and many GPS units use the same database to determine the address from the coordinates GPS calculates. Most of the original address database was created by the Census Bureau and then enhanced (?) by companies like Navtech and then sold to Google, Garmin etc...

    I haven't heard of a specific issue of 3 blocks off, but editing the original database would be the solution. Contact Navtech?



    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneBob View Post
    OK, for all you hi tech gurus -

    GPS consistently misdirects our physical location (business plant) to a location about 3 blocks away. As a result, a lot of delivery trucks end up calling for directions from the misdirected location. Is there any way to correct this?


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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    Move your business to the correct location Or change your shipping address by 3 blocks.



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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    Quote Originally Posted by SolonCy View Post
    The GPS is going to be accurate within 5 - 15 feet depending on the correction being used. Even autonomous GPS will be at most within 30 feet which should be close enough to get the delivery truck to the coordinates.

    The problem isn't with the GPS, its with the address database that GPS uses. Google maps and many GPS units use the same database to determine the address from the coordinates GPS calculates. Most of the original address database was created by the Census Bureau and then enhanced (?) by companies like Navtech and then sold to Google, Garmin etc...

    I haven't heard of a specific issue of 3 blocks off, but editing the original database would be the solution. Contact Navtech?
    FYI, I just checked Google Maps and it shows us 2 blocks off. I will try my own GPS to see if it takes us 3 or more blocks off as claimed by numerous truck drivers.



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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    The other thing, the service Google gets their maps from Terra something or other, might want to contact them.


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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    Once the address is corrected in the database, all the old GPS units will remain incorrect unless the users are updating their devices which I bet a lot of people don't do regularly.
    My suggestion, put up a sign 3 blocks away with directions on it...



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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone1450 View Post
    Once the address is corrected in the database, all the old GPS units will remain incorrect unless the users are updating their devices which I bet a lot of people don't do regularly.
    My suggestion, put up a sign 3 blocks away with directions on it...
    Your advice sucks. I would build a satellite office at the mistaken location and put one employee there. Nothing fancy, something like farmers build for their kids to wait for the school bus in. This person would then direct the wayward driver to the "Home Office". And demand a tip.


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: Incorrect GPS Guidance

    My favorite GPS error was when I was in California trying to get to a specific beach. We were driving south along the coast and the ocean was on our right. There was a stop sign with a sign that said, turn right to this beach. Of course the GPS was telling us to turn left away from the ocean.



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