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"In one mile…"

Postby pzly » Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:19 am

I don't quite get the phrase "In one mile, get ready to turn right". Shouldn't I be getting ready to turn right long before then? It seems the actual turn is one mile from the time I hear this statement. "Get ready to turn right in one mile", or "In one mile, turn right", or "In one mile you will turn right", etc. might better sooth the grammarian. Anyone else find this construct just a little odd?
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Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:57 pm

I still think, in order to make it sound like a "prepare" statement, say, "be ready" instead.
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Postby OldGnome » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:43 pm

harling wrote:On the highway, "In one mile..." means I have about a minute before my next maneuver. If I'm in the inside lane, I need to start heading to the outside. I do not need to slow down yet, and people behind me will be annoyed if I do.

"In a quarter mile..." means my next maneuver takes place about 15 seconds after the start of the announcement--and perhaps half that by the time the announcement is completed. If I'm not already in the correct lane, I need to get over now or I'm going to miss my turn, and it may already be too late to start slowing down, depending on the ramp.

By telling the driver that a turn is coming up, but not mentioning which of the above two scenarios applies until the very end of the announcement--by which point the remaining distance/time may have decreased considerably--there is a period of ambiguity during which the driver doesn't know if he has a leisurely minute in which to prepare, or is about to miss his turn entirely.
cherieandchris wrote:There a distance counter on the screen as well. So if you can grab a glance you'll have a good idea, when to start turning, as you would have slowed down, sufficiently by then.

Having to read the remaining distance indicator, in order to decide whether you need to slow down immediately and/or make a mad dash for the outside lane, is not acceptable. The purpose of audible directions is to reduce your dependence on the screen, so you can keep your eyes on the road and drive more safely. Since spoken instructions are one-dimensional (i.e., they can only impart information in the order in which it is presented), that ordering is critical.

In my opinion, the purpose of audible directions is to supplement what I know about the route I am travelling. I frequently use Waze to guide me through areas where I have never before driven. Because of this, I use my time on the road wisely. In addition to my mirrors and (less frequently) my speedometer, I also look at my phone's display to check how far I am from my next maneuver. I match that against my odometer. The fraction of a second it takes me to add this information to my drive is inconsequential.

I think if you are relying fully on the audible instructions, especially at highway speeds, I feel you are using the tool incorrectly.
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