Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Dublin, Ireland
The coverage of Ireland is much better with version 6 of the Garmin software than on previous versions. It's still not as good as the UK coverage but it's better value for money now. It's the same with other manufacturers as well, ie they all buy their digital map info from Mapsource. I contacted a Garmin rep early this year and asked why they market their products in countries where the map coverage is so poor. He told me that it's all down to the individual countries either not having digital maps yet or charging too much for them. Apparently Ireland is about the most expensive place in Europe to buy or leasedigital map info from, so it's back to the Mapsource guy driving around th ewhole country in his car with a tracker, and rented choppers mapping from above.
For a country that sports a small population, it seems that the return on this investment has to be balanced against the cost to produce maps, ie the bigger the population the better potential for a decent return. The Garmin rep was very helpful as it turns out he owns a GL1500 and had already visited this humble web site and he told me to expect major improvements for Ireland in version 7 of the software. The coverage in Ireland will get you to most places now. Th ecoverag of Dublin city is very extensive and also a few other cities, but that's little comfort to those travelling in rural areas.
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