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Re: Jolly drivers

Postby Spil » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:16 am

jondrush wrote:In my experience, a traffic circle has lights controlling motion around the circle. A roundabout uses no lights for traffic within the circle.
The only "roundabout" that I've been on (and quite frequently, as it's only 4 blocks from where I went to college in Johnson City, NY) has always been called a "traffic circle" -- and it has never used lights or other restrictions, even before it was upgraded to the more modern style of roundabout a couple of years ago.

That said, there's a good article about the difference between "roundabouts" and "traffic circles" at the NYSDOT website. In part, it says:
NYSDOT wrote:The modern roundabout is a type of circular intersection that has been successfully implemented in Europe and Australia over the past few decades. Despite the tens of thousands of roundabouts in operation around the world, there are only a few hundred in the United States. Until recently, roundabouts have been slow to gain support in this country. ... However, substantial progress has been achieved in the subsequent design of circular intersections, and a modern roundabout should not be confused with the traffic circles of the past.
And in this brochure, even more helpful information is given:
NYSDOT wrote:A roundabout is not a traffic circle. There are two main differences between a modern roundabout and a traditional traffic circle:
1) Speed – the design of a roundabout – smaller central islands and medians island deflectors - slows traffic upon entry and while circulating. Whereas the design of a traffic circle allows for higher speed entry and circulation.
2) Yield at Entry – as described above, traffic circulating in the roundabout has the right of way, and vehicles entering must yield to traffic already circulating. Whereas in traffic circles, motorists entering the circle have the right of way and circulating vehicles must yield or stop, often causing gridlock.

So what does all that mean for Waze? Well, since the old-style "traffic circles" will likely be replaced with more modern "roundabouts" (eventually -- or "soon", in Waze terminology :P), I would suggest doing nothing -- just leave them called "roundabouts" and direct anyone who asks about it to check out these articles. ;)
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Re: Jolly drivers

Postby Spil » Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:20 am

Back on-topic ;) (in a rather off-topic topic anyway! :D) --

General error (user reported)
Description: gave as the crow flies distance for gas stations!
:?: Yep, if you run out of gas, Waze will send a flock of specially-trained crows to carry you to the nearest station ... that's why we use that measurement. :mrgreen: Marked it "not identified" -- maybe the Wazer will take the hint and come visit the forum for some education regarding what should and should not be reported via the "Map Issues" function. :P
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Re: Jolly drivers

Postby Spil » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:45 pm

crazycomputingdotnet wrote:Go to any Walmart, zoom in on the building and turn on the GPS layer.
Not quite "any" Walmart -- Walmart #2326 has very few GPS tracks inside it. But Walmart #1976 is quite a mess! That's about the worst one in my general area -- the others look reasonably clear of muddy GPS tracks. :D
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Re: Jolly drivers

Postby Spil » Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:19 am

jasonh300 wrote:... IME, Walmarts are almost always in a dangerous part of town...of course, most of New Orleans is a dangerous part of town.
Not the Walmart where I'm currently sitting in the break room ;) -- we're nestled comfortably in the suburban fringe of a rather small city, far from anything remotely dangerous. :)
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Re: Jolly drivers

Postby Spil » Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:32 am

russblau wrote:
General error (user reported)
Problem: wrong street name
Reported on: March 23


Oh, goody, a guessing game. OK, I'll rename the street to "Clueless User Dr", and if that's not right, you can post another UR tomorrow.
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Or you could try looking it up in a reliable and authoritative reference guide online ;). For example, I use NYS Orthos Online to get street names for just about anywhere on this continent (although the aerial images are only available for NY, the map still shows for other states and provinces). You might have access to other governmental sources in your area; the "United States" country forum here has a thread that lists such sources for the USA.

Yes, undoubtedly the Wazer should have given you the actual street name in addition to the basically-useless comment that was given -- but it's not always a hard task to find out the needed information (I use a one-click Bookmarklet that opens the Orthos site to the current WME lat/long coordinates and zoom level for quick and easy reference).
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Re: Jolly drivers

Postby Spil » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:25 am

General error (user reported)
Problem: Brandon
Reported on: March 24

Um ... don't know who Brandon is or why he's a problem to you. Might want to discuss that with your therapist (or with Brandon himself ;)) rather than with your smartphone. :P

And, no, there are no streets named "Brandon" anywhere in that city. However, there were two other UR's posted on the same block the next day, and both equally unintelligible and with no explanation: a "missing bridge/overpass" (the nearest bridge is a half-mile away, and the nearest overpass is about a mile away) and a "turn not allowed" (with no routing information to indicate which turn or which direction). :roll:
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Re: Jolly drivers

Postby Suik » Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:50 pm

RobFromLafayette wrote:
mapcat wrote:How would you respond to a blank "wrong driving instructions" posted from the first tee at a golf course?


Tell them to stick to the three wood, they couldn't drive their way out of a wet paper bag.


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Re: Jolly drivers

Postby Suik » Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:56 pm

I thought that it should be confirmed by more wazers before it disappears? Are there more policemen sitting behind waze client running and marking those warnings?
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Re: Jolly drivers

Postby Suik » Mon May 14, 2012 10:10 pm

zombie16 wrote:Type: General error

Description: water tower and war memorial.

:?:


landmarks missing maybe... ;)
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Re: Jolly drivers

Postby Suik » Thu May 24, 2012 6:43 pm

Dexter would not like that solution :D
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