[gps-talkusers] Situation 12

  • From: Michael May <mikemay@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "GPS-talkusers-freelists.org" <GPS-talkusers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 07:42:56 -0700

Situation 12, pinpointing the destination's side of the street

I have chosen a commercial point of interest, set it as my destination and pressed R then P to create a pedestrian route. Pinpointing the destination can be tricky because of inaccuracies due to GPS and/or address geocoding. If you are going to either feel for an opening like a doorway or ask someone where it is, it would be helpful to first be on the correct side of the street.

Question: Once I near my route destination, how do I know what side of the street it is on?

Answer: When you are viewing the point of interest, press Chord P to hear the details including the street address. Make note whether it is an odd or even numbered address. When you are on the final street nearing the destination, press Chord C to find out which is the odd or even side of the street. Chord C announces the address range for the block you are in. If you have forgotten the house number of the POI you selected, search for it again and press Chord P. Match that number with the Chord C information.

If you really wanted to be smart, you could set your virtual position to this final block or two and find out ahead of time the odd/even information. Knowing which side of the street the point of interest is on can also help you decide at the last turn whether you should cross straight and then turn or to turn without crossing. If you are familiar with a city, you may already know the odd/even pattern.

Sendero is thinking about ways to have the BrailleNote automatically direct you to the correct side of the street in a future release.

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