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Text to speech incorrect info

The voice on my Garmin 255W gives incorrect directions. When I turn on to my hoem street, it tells me home is on the right, when it is actually across teh street, on the left. Why/ How can it be fixed?

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Dont think you can really. my tomtom does the same thing with my current maps. the only thing i could do is report it as wrong to tomtom so they correct it later in another update

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Yes, this is basically normal. This is not a shortcoming of the GPS per se, but of the maps that it's using and where on the map it has recorded that certain addresses are located.

The maps that the GPS systems don't (typically, to my knowledge) have every building on them, instead they just have numbers recorded every so often on the street and then the machine interpolates where a particular address ought to be based on known intersections. E.g., 150 Foo Street ought to somewhere around the middle of the 100 block of Foo St. on the "even" side of the street. So this is probably why it thinks your apartment is slightly further up the street than it is; when people build things, we often don't allocate exactly the same amount of frontage to each street number, hence the offsets.

I'm still pretty impressed with my Garmin and doubt I could find my way home without it. Good luck!

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

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