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  1. In this case I'm not sure that designed for the job means they are any better, in my experience the computing power of both TomTom and Garmin is very poor when compared to Google maps running on a phone. Standalone devices are at a disadvantage simply because they are off-line devices, they don't update mapping details anything like as quick as Google maps; If looking for 'live' traffic info then Google appears to have access to a far more data than TT or Garmin. I have both TT and Garmin devices with 'live' traffic, but without doubt, I find Google traffic info far more reliable than either of the standalone systems. In the not too distant past, I've run a TT device with live traffic and currently run a Garmin device with live traffic. If dealing with a 'live' situation such as a motorway closure due to an accident Google traffic is my go-to source for reliable traffic info. In my experience, Google traffic has it right every time.
  2. Exactly, and you can go further still down the temperature range to "very warm white" (around 1800k) these move towards the orangey glow of older sodium street lamp. We have a couple dotted around the house to give a warm background glow.
  3. Here is a slightly different method of traffic enforcement that I've just come across today. I'm in Jeddah at the moment working, although I'm based in a hotel (delivering training) my host wanted to take me to see a new facility where the guys I'm training will be working, this involved a 30 minutes drive across the city. I noticed what I thought were traffic cameras, although they were not the hi-viz devices we see in the UK, they were drab grey boxes that blended in with the background, but my host confirmed that they were indeed cameras, some for speeding and others for red lights. If you drive a car in the city your car and driver details are inked and you have to have a contact telephone number on record. Apparently, 99.9% of people have a mobile registered against their licence and car registrations. If you activate a traffic camera then you receive a text notification of the impending fine within 30 minutes; you then have just days to pay it, online payments are gratefully received by the authorities to make it easy. Traffic law enforcement here is a little different to back home. Unlike at home, there are plenty of Police to be seen on the roads, they're armed (obviously) and apparently, most of them missed out on Swiss finishing school so they are not known for their polite small Talk when dealing with traffic stops. I wonder if there is something to be said for this rather more speedy and direct approach. Most people do pay fines promptly because if they don't they'll either find themselves on the wrong side of a 'random' traffic stop or the next time they try to take a flight they'll be pulled in when they present their licence as i/d at the airport.
  4. I think the reality is that the effort required to produce a "truly" accurate database of width, height and weight restrictions is way beyond being cost effective for anyone to produce. It would be a task on the scale of Google street view and way more besides, it isn't a realistic prospect. I can't help think that some of what does exist overpromises on what they can do. Plus anything that is produced as a result of a 'real world' survey stands a good chance of being out of date before it is even published.
  5. Programming for large vehicles is an entirely different matter, that goes to the heart of the 'navigation' element of a system as distinct to location finding. I doubt if navigation that accounts for road and vehicle compatibility will ever be 100% accurate as it relies on a physical survey of the road and the information is only reliable at the instant the survey takes place. After the event, anything can change and the only way it can be picked up is by a further survey, any system that relies on physical updates can never be 100% reliable.
  6. I'm not so sure about that. I've literally just been playing with the what3words app on my iPhone and have discovered a feature that I did not know was there. And in a way, I'd say W3W does work with satnav. If I locate a position in the W3W app there are various short cuts from the app to other functions, including Google maps, So I can locate a position in W3W and in one tap of the screen set it as a destination in Google maps and then navigate there. That is fine for me as I like the way the navigation works on Google maps.
  7. You can blame me for that. I started the thread and on reflection was wrong to call it a new navigational tool, a point which I have since corrected up thread. However, if people join in the thread based only on the title and the last couple of postings then my correction is missed. What3words defines very precise locations on the planet, which I think it does in a novel way. However, it then requires a navigation system to guide the journey from one location to the other. Apparently, Ford are somehow interfacing What3words with their latest car navigation sytem, I'd be interested to see how that looks.
  8. Coordinate based systems are not as straight forward as they should be, there are several different ways of expressing coordinates which can easily become confusing, especially to a none frequent user. What3words doesn't do anything that coordinates don't do but in my opinion, it does it in a more user-friendly way.
  9. I didn't take your comment negatively. . I must admit I'd wondered how the words were chosen, and I must also admit to trying a few rude words and none work so the words appear to have been well chosen.
  10. Yes, I was probably wrong to describe it as a navigation system. In itself, it is simply a tool to identify a location, with the possible advantage that it can be used anywhere in the world and has a 3 metre accuracy. If there is a benefit to come from it it will be when some clever techy types are able to integrate it with navigation tools we already know and use. Given that the reason I know about it is down to a press release which described Ford having some level of liaison with the system than I think that's the likely direction in future. For now it's just a bit of fun looking at the three-word choices of places we know.
  11. There are other ways to store than just batteries, an I agree we haven't yet seen a true eureka moment in power storage but I have hopes that ways will be found. One of the burning questions appears to be the size/scale of storage at different levels within the distribution system. How close to home do we bring the storage? This is an innovative alternative, no doubt this is NOT the eureka moment but it is evidence of people searching for the solution.
  12. That may well happen again in the future; when the new London low emission zone extends to the limits of the North and South circular road in a couple of years time I'm sure that will have a major effect on concentrating peoples minds. However, I'm not sure that JLR will have the products to benefit from that situation.
  13. What a brilliant job, hats off to that man
  14. This thread is now at 369 posts and god knows how many views... I am at a loss to think that anyone would think there is a genuine way to save money on fuel. Check on pump prices by all means but no one is going to offer serious saving, there is too much at stake. The twists and turns of this thread demonstrate that any promised savings are not easily made and that the system which purports to offer these savings is unreliable and inconsistent, to say the least. Savings of the odd penny here and there are so small in the overall the context of the cost of running a car I am surprised how much time people are prepared to spend their time following this "fools gold". In the real world if you've got a few grand tied up in the equity of a car then these odd pennies in the fuel saving are just a drop in the ocean of the 'real cost of ownership', if folks are happy to spend their time pursuing a scheme with such a marginal benefit then so be it. But in the real world, I would seriously question why bother? Before anyone asks I don't have money to burn, but equally I do value my time and sanity which I think, on the basis of posts here, would be seriously challenged by getting involved in this 'so-called' savings scheme.
  15. I've just become aware of a new navigation aid called "what3words", it is a way to identify a location anywhere on the planet and easily make it available to anyone else. The surface of the earth has been divided into 57 trillion 3 meter squares and each square is identified by a 3-word name. To identify a location you simply use the "what3words" app or web page to search for a location and then make a note of its 3-word label, the label can be easily communicated and then decoded by anyone else using the app or webpage. It's like a postcode but with 3 meter accuracy. It is a single system that can be used around the world. I'm visiting ///fond.missions.news this weekend ... see how easily you can identify where it is? I visited this place while on holiday last year, it was very interesting. ///entitles.unheard.pinstripe very easy to describe a very specific location. Apparently, Ford has signed up to use this system linked in some way to the in the in-car navigation system.
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