GPS devices may not be all that accurate

  • Article by: Katie Humphrey , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2013 - 6:58 AM


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IHATELOGINS0Jul. 27, 1312:09 AM

Learn to use a compass first, then a map. Doesn't school teach anything useful to kids these days?

kennyrogersJul. 27, 1312:42 AM

Everybody that owns one knows they aren't all that accurate. When I first bought one, I wanted to see where it would take me and it took me right out into the middle of a cornfield in Iowa on the way to Albert Lea.

BallFourJul. 27, 13 1:26 AM

Sometimes you just have to say "nah" to your GPS. You know when it's doing you wrong.

bizsmithJul. 27, 13 5:03 AM

When we travel by motor home, the copilot always double checks the GPS with paper maps.

gwbuddyJul. 27, 13 5:48 AM

Whenever I've "Gotten Lost" because of my GPS, I just take that as the GPS telling me: "READ YOUR KING'S MAPBOOK". Actually, this has happened so many times that I don't trust my GPS anymore. I always carry my KING's MAPBOOK. Just in case my GPS gets me lost. Again. Or, Even Worse, tells me to make an "Illegal" Move! I wonder "How Many" of today's traffic accidents are caused by drivers' "Over Reliance" upon "Inaccurate", or "Illegal", GPS commands.

feilmeyerJul. 27, 13 6:58 AM

As if paper maps aren't just as "outdated before they are even issued."

sfod93Jul. 27, 13 7:44 AM

Perhaps the US Government should charge a user fee to GPS users.... It cost(s) billions after all to build, launch, and maintain the constellation of 24-28 LEO satellites that all of us take for granted.... And some companies have made fortunes off of. Just saying. I recall Clinton/Gore giving that service away for free.

MorgJul. 27, 13 8:22 AM

I have a Garmin with lifetime traffic. It's not perfect, but it does pick up radio signals that give real time updates on accidents and traffic and even knows where construction is taking place and of what variety. It has sent me out of the way to some destinations, which is why I always back out the screen enough to see the location of my final destination before I actually set out. That way if I know a better way I take it, let the GPS recalculate and continue to get me to the actual location.

vonnegut5Jul. 27, 13 8:59 AM

I like my GPS apps on my phone. I like my hammer in my toolbox. Merely tools. GPS helps me to get from point A to point B. I don't totally rely on any one tool. If these folks end up in Shoreview when they intend to go to Minneapolis, it begs the question how they function in other mundane aspects of life. Perhaps schools should revert to having proms in the gym so as not to discriminate against the logistically challenged. I assume they can find the school they've been attending for years. Wait, perhaps we can't assume anything today...

Kathy_BrandtJul. 27, 13 9:35 AM

I have always contended that you need to be smarter than the GPS to be able to use one. I have learned never to use it in Duluth, as it gets me more lost than I can get on my own. I never use it to calculate a long trip. I use my map or normal route and use the GPS to fine tune directions once I get to the city and need to find an address. My son used to use his GPS to get home from college, and the stupid thing always took him miles out of his way, even though we had mapped out and quickest and straightest route for him.


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