Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Technology and Civil Engineering - the real thing

After finishing the post, I realized I missed what I was going to talk about. Must be something in the air.

Anyway, my wife and I are trying to locate a hotel to stay at in Saint Johns, New Brunswick, Canada. We followed instructions pulling off of route 1, but that one is full. We key in another location to the GPS to head there, and the device keeps sending us around the block. The device kept saying that we had missed the turn off, but the on ramp to route 1 was closed. After the second time around the block, I ignored the device and drove EAST. Right by another on ramp, the device kept telling me to go to the other on ramp, but it didn't matter to me.

Not the first time the GPS device was annoying on this trip. When we first arrived across the border, we were driving up route 2 (trans-canada highway), and (while in the middle of the route, at the speed limit of 100 kph), the device kept saying "please proceed east to the unpaved road, then proceed to route 2". It thought we were in a field.

Two things - either the road moved, or the GPS satellite in the area is not synchronized. Sometimes the device thought we were heading east instead of north, and just plain got it wrong.

All this time I thought nerds were smart!

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