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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-21-2004, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all, Just a quick question about GPS in Ireland. As I'm returning to the sod at Christmas after spending the last eight years in exile, I was shocked to find that the GPS system in my car is supported in every European Country except Ireland. I was planning to purchase a Garmin GPS III + system that could be used in both my car and my Wing, but am afraid that Ireland is not supported/fully supported on this system. Does anyone have any experience with using GPS in Ireland and what kind of street level coverage can be expected ?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-21-2004, 09:29 AM
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I think Wingnut is probably the best person to answer this one as he has the Garmin on his bike ,,for what it is worth ,I had a look at the garmin 2620 and it had fairly good coverage of all the big towns and streets in themin Ireland ,but I dont think the older ones had much coverage ,,but as I say wait for wingnut to read this and he should be able to clarify it for you ..cheers Ciaran

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Hey Greenwing, It might be better to email the wingnut because he only visits this board about twice a week, I think he might be in Berlin at the moment,or you could send a PM to Littlejohn he is also big into this GPS thing as well. I just stop and ask directions when I get lost and thats fairly often.


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And thats only trying to find your bike

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Thanks lads, I'll be having a chat with the wingnut fairly soon and mention it.

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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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Coming back from the Irish Treffen I came upon roadworks in Sligo. There was a diversion sign telling me to turn right and that was the last and only sign. The Sat Nav said "Off Route - Recalulate." I had the safe mode turned off and hit 'yes please', whereupon it took me around theroadworks and back to the main road towards home again. I would have been lost without it.

Just got back today from a week in Las Vegas. Great place and brilliant fun. Spotted a place called 'dream cars' where you can hire for the day high performance Ferrarri's, Lamborgini's, Dodge Vipers. etc etc. Just give them your credit card, licence and away you go. 500 dollars a day for the top Ferrarri in red of course. Lot of money but one hell of an experience.

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