GPS problems with new homes
New homes sometimes mean new roads. Can you find your way around, or can you be found? We visited one new development, typed in the address of a new home into a GPS locator, and nothing showed up.
Having worked for a mapping company supplying data to car navigation companies this has always been a classic issue. We subscribed to information from councils regarding new streets and suburbs and most of the time would have the information prior to the homes being built.
It is however a complex problem. For example in many cases several different street names are put forward and sometimes the one that is agreed on by council is contested and changed after it is gazetted. Another common problem is gated communities where the ‘roads’ are named, but are entirely on private property, effectively the roads are privately owned and maintained. We would often get a call from people in these communities complaining that they were not on the brand new car nav unit they had just purchased.
Mapping companies do their best, but keeping this info is always a challenge.