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Discussion in 'Maps and Routing' started by oppconsulting, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. oppconsulting


    Apr 22, 2007
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    TomTom Model(s):
    i haven't had a new tom tom for wow a long long time

    just got a via i have found good and bad

    the maps and free maps is nice they added back ways to places

    but im still let down tomtom most every nav fails to have true back roads planning

    to me it dont seem that hard a option to stay off main or whatever

    then do the normal destination settings but tomtom tells me its to hard

    beats me im not a programmer but its sad i like the back roads

    just road names no route no highway nothing just roads its relaxing

    when you got the extra time but i guess its true millions of roads

    could be be a major pain but they do already do thousands

    millions of highways who knows its not a bad gps there current

    what tec support showed is as close to back roads as they have

    is goofy all over the place one time almost a circle just to get to a road

    and other flaws but i see progress but it has to many things going

    on in IL by Chicago i got a ding and traffic looking signal

    allot of to many going on things that it should just say stop

    dang dinging and icons a accident waiting to happen sorry may be wrong area for

    this post just allot to me after being out for so many years the maps

    have very nice highway exit views so easy to know how to exit

    the trip i used it on i was able to drive around like i knew where i

    was or from the area my old tom couldn't do that so i guess until

    it gets better im happy for now
    oppconsulting, Aug 21, 2015
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    Arno Moderator

    Jun 3, 2008
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    Toronto - Pickering, ON
    TomTom Model(s):
    930; GO 620; Start 63
    I'm afraid that your venting post is a bit too general to maybe offer some suggestions to make your driving experience a better one.
    Although you prefer back roads you seem to have taken a shine to the 'reality' preview of Interstate exits.
    Arno, Aug 21, 2015
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    canderson Moderator

    Dec 28, 2007
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    Colorado, USA
    TomTom Model(s):
    GO720, GO740TM Live, GO 1535 Live, Via 1535, Via 1605, GO 52, GO 600, GO 620, GO 630, TomTom Bridge
    > but im still let down tomtom most every nav fails to have true back roads planning

    No one understands this better than I do, as there are an incredible number of 'Forest Service Roads' (if you dare call them roads) here in Colorado that are undocumented apart from a few government maps. None of the consumer automotive GPS units have maps that cover roads like that, and the satellite utilities that do pick up additional roads never see them through the canopy, so they won't get added that way. Truth to tell, most vehicles couldn't muster the ground clearance or traction to manage most of them anyway.

    In my 'previous life', it was even more difficult to use consumer grade equipment in foreign countries where mapping was even thinner to begin with. When faced with those situations, we used topo maps with notebook PCs with GPS pucks (USB or serial) attached to provide positional information. There are PC apps out there that can handle topo maps and indicate your position using the data from the GPS puck.
    canderson, Aug 21, 2015
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