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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Re: text to speech incorrect info
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!
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This model has the capability to speak street names. You probably have it set to American English, which only says Turn right or turn left. Go to menu where the voices are. If it says American English or British English, press that name and you will see other voices. Select a TTS (text to Speech voice) like Jack or Samantha or Jill and you will now what a voice that speaks street names. If you can't find any listings, you will need to connect the unit to a PC and download them from the Garmin website.
You will need to do the following to get your unit to speak street names.
Tools/Settings/Language/Voice,select one that has TTS after its name.
I would suggest that you go on Google and download the 60 page complete Manual which also has Troubleshooting in it.
it doesn't read off street names as you pass them but it will give you voice instructions about upcoming turns etc. Make sure the text language and the voice profile you have selected match, otherwise it will be silent. ie. if you have us english text selected and german voice you will get silence
- Amazingly, the 260 does not come with Text-To-Speech turned on.
The whole point of the upgrade to the 260 is text-to-speech (TTS). So
go into the settings and go to "Voice", and choose an English voice
with "TTS" in the title. The default voice does tell you to "turn right
in point three miles", and all GPS receivers with voice prompting will
do this, but that's not Text-To-Speech. TTS actually pronounces (or
does the best it can) at pronouncing street names. So instead of "turn
right", you get "Turn right on Jackson street".