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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But how many lanes are there at that point on the motorway? How does it cope with left hand lane of the left hand lane, and right hand lane of the left hand lane? When possibly both left and right of the left have two lanes each? And is that lanes on the motorway or slip lanes coming off? (Ugh - headache coming on!!) I stopped using Lane Guidance as soon as I realised it wasn't accurate - you get a similar game at the other end of the M3 at Southampton. I have no proper knowledge, but it does seem that lane guidance is hypothetical theory as opposed to actual true map detail - there have been several reports of completely wrong lanes at junctions, I seem to recall M2/M26 perhaps. Give them credit for trying, but fail on achievement! The device hasn't got a human brain and human eyes of its own in the car - we have to help it out.

I'm feeling very benign today, so I'll admit that my first TomTom GO300 back in 2005 was the best gadget I ever had in many years. It's a shame that the many "improvements" since then have not really lived up to their hype. But its successors are still something I wouldn't want to venture out on the road without, I sometimes wonder at how I used to do whitevanmanning before I got satnav.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DennisN wrote:
But how many lanes are there at that point on the motorway?

Three. As mentioned above, left lane goes northbound, middle goes southbound.

TomTom's lane guidance points you to either of the lanes for either direction, which is unhelpful, to say the least.

All the lane guidance would need to do is put a single arrow in the correct lane.

You do get the keep left and keep right vocal additions, but changing lane last minute in the small section where they meet up again is not great.

As always with SatNav, you can't rely on it totally and need to keep an eye on what's ahead. But conversely, a few tweaks would make it so much better, and these are motorway junctions, not backroads.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, my apologies, you're quite right - my memory serves me badly and it should be absolutely easy for TT to get this right - lane 1 for Heathrow/northwest , lane 2 for Gatwick/southeast. Funny how memory gets me - I'd have sworn it was more complicated than this! I think the TT voice, however, chooses the name at the TOP of the sign, hence if you want Heathrow it tells you to turn towards Gatwick!! Laughing Laughing Laughing


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good use of street view Very Happy

Yep, it uses the name at the top of the sign, or I guess whatever's first in its database.
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