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GPS Features: Does your GPS learn your driving habits ? Better ETA ?
Posté le 09 avril 2010 à 20:16:00 par gpspassion. EN - General News
Source : Gpspassion

Posted April 9th, 2010
GPS makers are hard pressed these days to find new features for their already very capable GPS systems but are there some undocumented smart features ? Possibly... least this is what Garmin nuvi users are finding concerning the ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival), the more they use their GPS, the more accurate the ETA gets, so it has to be learning something along the way. Join the Garmin nuvi : is ETA based on driving pattern ? topic in the forums for the details and how to verify this.

Posted September 29th, 2009 - There's been a long running argument in the forums that Garmin have been "dumbing down" their GPS systems since they launched the "consumer grade" nuvi AIO in 2005 and phasing out the advanced 26xx and 27xx StreetPilots. Anyone would be hard pressed to state that it hasn't served them well over the years with millions of units sold worldwide, but are they going too far down that road ? That's what some forum members are arguing in the Lack of details in 3D Mode on new nuvi 1xxx models with screenshots to prove...

... their point, both in town (no street names) and on the road (no details). The first aspect's impact is debatable, but the latter is certainly valid as the map provides no useful information in terms of driving assistance, unlike the competition.

Posted September 9th, 2009 - Once in a while someone comes up with a great GPS related tip and this just happened again when "andrevm" posted a detailed guide to use a Garmin nuvi AIO as an external GPS receiver for a PC/Laptop/Netbook running GPS software, Garmin Mobile PC in his example, an unexpected "GPS Feature"! Sure, it would be more convenient to buy a Bluetooth receiver or a Mouse receiver from Semsons but it's always fun to experiment. Read all about it in the...... Using Garmin nuvi as external GPS receiver of the Garmin nüvi forums.

Posted March 12th, 2009 - TTS or "Text to Speech", the feature by which a GPS system pronounces the actual name of the street it directs you to, as in "In 500 yards, turn right on Shearton Drive" as opposed to "In 500 yards turn right" is very much in demand by users. Particularly by new users who find it reassuring, while more experienced users are used to taking quick peeks at the screen to navigate and who know it's generally hard to read a street sign unless you stop...


In any case, GPS makers have been listening and virtually all current systems and Smartphone software offer this feature. With some variations, as users of the nüvi 2x5 found out with its low quality files. There must have been a "TTS session" at Garmin recently because they have just added TTS to the nuvi 5x0 crossover and have released Improved v2.20 TTS files for most of their models such as the nuvi 250 or the nuvi 7x0 and 7x5.

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