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NAVTEQ and NNG (Nav N Go) Demo Natural Guidance at CES


Article by: maft
Date: 6 Jan 2011

pocketgpsworld.comNAVTEQ are providing demonstrations of beta navigation software that utilises their Natural Guidance data. The software is created by NNG (formerly Nav N Go) who make the iGO My Way, iGO Amigo and iGO Primo navigation software.

Natural Guidance is a system that makes navigation more natural. How often do you direct people by saying "turn left after the supermarket" or "turn right just after the pub"? Probably quite a lot more than you do by saying "turn left in 400 yards". That's what Natural Guidance does.

This is one of the improvements to navigation devices that I've been looking forward to seeing being put to good use since it was announced last September. See our previous article about the technology by clicking here
Comments
Posted by Hin3K on Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:49 am Reply with quote

I am not sure if this is such a good idea.
I still prefer to be told to do something after certain distance than being forced to look around for pub, shop or anything else.
In extreme situation we can find something like this:
"turn right just after that old man walking a dog"


 
Posted by MaFt on Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:54 pm Reply with quote

Hin3K Wrote:
I am not sure if this is such a good idea.
I still prefer to be told to do something after certain distance than being forced to look around for pub, shop or anything else.

so instead of seeing a supermarket in your peripheral vision and knowing you turn right there, you would rather mentally calculate a distance of 500 yards then look up to see there is a supermarket 500 yards away and turn right at it anyway?! Very Happy

the video's i'v seen of this beta app don't say "in 200 yards turn left at the tower", they just say "turn left at the tower" etc. But I'm sure as it matures and comes to retail that it will be an option.


Hin3K Wrote:
In extreme situation we can find something like this:
"turn right just after that old man walking a dog"

but that wouldn't happen. a man walking a dog is not a permanent fixture and therefore wouldn't be logged in their database.

likewise a petrol station will not be logged as 'Esso' because these fixtures, while they tend to remain there for a long time, quite often change ownership - in these instances it will be logged simply as 'petrol station'.

I'm still looking forward to it Very Happy

MaFt


MaFt®

 
Posted by TonyD on Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:04 pm Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:
Hin3K Wrote:
I am not sure if this is such a good idea.
I still prefer to be told to do something after certain distance than being forced to look around for pub, shop or anything else.

so instead of seeing a supermarket in your peripheral vision and knowing you turn right there, you would rather mentally calculate a distance of 500 yards then look up to see there is a supermarket 500 yards away and turn right at it anyway?! Very Happy


I'm with Hin3K. A distance is a much more predictable thing and something after a while you can do by instinct. Objects will be much more variable and often the database will be wrong resulting in much more distraction and confusion.



(Edited to sort out quotes - AP)


Tony
(TT940)

 
Posted by BigPerk on Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:53 pm Reply with quote

I agree with the importance of accuracy (and we know how dodgy that can be already with closed/new roads, etc). But assuming that, and provided, as said, it's an optional setting, I think it could be very useful indeed. After all, even if some people didn't get on with it 'on the hoof', I reckon it could still be extremely useful during an 'armchair planning' simulation.

TTS itself isn't all that helpful either all the time, so I am often switching it 'off' (on the open road, where you can get distracted if you bother looking for road names that aren't there) and 'on' (in towns).

Let the market decide!


David
(Navigon 70 Live, Nuvi 360)

 
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