MapShare In Action
The TomTom MapShare program prompted quite a few questions from holiday shoppers. Most people were asking “well, does it work?”. I thought I’d illustrate one good example of how it can work. I recently came across this article from KSDK NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis. They are dealing with some major road construction and the closure of some sections of Interstate 64. The article mentions that people with GPS might have a difficult time…
Most of the mapping systems used by popular GPS brands will not include the shutdown of highway 40 [I-64].
They asked someone who teaches GPS classes about the impact on GPS devices and he said “GPS users affected by highway 40 [should] spend some time using the GPS to map out alternate routes.”
I was curious to see if MapShare users had addressed this change that went into effect a few weeks ago. I started by removing all of the MapShare changes from my device by changing the MapShare preferences. I then generated a route that would traverse the section of Interstate that is currently closed. With the MapShare changes not applied, I ended up with the following route, which is what I would have expected. (Click the images to get a larger view.)
Then I enabled the MapShare corrections and calculated the same route again:
So at least in this case it looks like the MapShare community has stepped up to the plate and made the necessary corrections. Every other (non MapShare equipped) GPS I tried with the same route obviously didn’t know about the road closure and routed across the closed road.