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DieselBoss
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Originally Posted by GoneNomad
...along with a whole LOT of other restaurants that aren't fast food. From a message I got from ALK tech support (in response to my inquiry about incorrect POI addresses), the just punted, explaining that they use POI data from "InfoUSA" - so in effect, they implied that makes it not ALK's problem. Right...
Ya, there is no such thing as a "ground-up" GPS or mapping system. Google is probably the closest at this point after shifting much of their data from TeleAtlas to their own "street-view" cars data. However all of them use NavTeq, TeleAtlas, InfoGation, and dozens of other providers for the geo data because no one except Google is big enough to continuously roam the country. Even Google uses the every day home and mobile users to continuously update (for free) their database. It's the way it is.

However, you can add things directly to the ALK database whether it be a POI or street or whatever here: http://copilotlive.com/us/map/MapUpDate.asp

They have a "45-day map commitment" program whereby they have vowed to investigate and respond to all map data and I actually have never had them take longer than that to investigate and respond so the hundreds of them I have sent over the years.
GoneNomad
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Originally Posted by DieselBoss
However, you can add things directly to the ALK database whether it be a POI or street or whatever here: http://copilotlive.com/us/map/MapUpDate.asp
That's what I did. But after I did that, I noticed this at the above link: "POIs (Points of Interest) are not part of the MapSure service." ...and subsequently got a bunch of responses from ALK saying: "We want to inform you the MapSure request you submitted is not applicable to the ALK MapSure service."
DieselBoss
Ha! The devil in the details... They use InfoUSA for the non-truck POI data.

InfoUSA data is produced by these guys: http://www.infousa.com/Static/FAQ#
GoneNomad
You can see the type of pointless fluff ALK is focused on (instead of fixing flaws & making useful improvements), here:

New Skins for CoPilot – Which one is Your Favorite?

http://blog.copilotlive.com/na/2012/08/20/new-skins-for-copilot-which-one-is-your-favorite/
GoneNomad
Rather than adding more info in a new post, I've updated this post http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/4193-copilot-live-v8-suggestions-p2#post43951 because the additional info is more pertinent to that post.
GoneNomad
CoPilot's POI search needs to work more like google maps:


Or as I've just discovered, even better yet is the POI search provided by the venerable mapquest, which has a better interface than the vaunted google maps!

Unlike google, no typing in a search box is required for common categories in mapquest, which has tabbed categories with sub-categories.
(If this was Windows mapping & nav software, there should be a preference setting for what shows up on those tabs, of course, similar to the way S&T handles show/hide.)

ALK, there's no need to fool around - just look at this what Mapquest did (this arrangement is far too common and obvious to patent) and shamelessly imitate it!


Hmmm... now I'm wondering if mapquest will display a current position based on a GPS signal?
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GoneNomad
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Originally Posted by malaki86
malaki86: When you do a local search, you can make the results search further by searching for a specific restaurant name, such as 'taco', which would list places with 'taco' in their name. I do this with truckstops all the time and if I'm searching for a specific truckstop, such as 'flying j', it will list 50 of them, no matter what the distance.
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Originally Posted by GoneNomad
GoneNomad: And that limit of 50 is a significant drawback if searching for nearby restaurants (for example), where you don't really care which restaurant it is, as long as it's a particular type of restaurant (e.g.: fast food)... But it gets even worse - the search results are split up into five different screens, presumably with only 10 restaurants shown on each.
In v9 Android, I just discovered that more than ten POIs show up at a time on the "Browse Map" screen. In fact, all POIs in all categories can be displayed on the "Browse Map" screen. You can turn all of them off or on with a button at the lower right. But most of the POIs don't show up at all until zoomed in pretty far, though for some strange reason, a few POIs do show up even when zoomed out, and a few more show up every time you zoom in a little. The POIs that show up on the widest map view are a seemingly random assortment of POIs; mostly not the ones useful to a traveler. Restaurants and most gas stations don't show up at all until zoomed way in.

There is no reason for them to make the POI search results show up so differently than the way they show POIs in "Browse Map." They just need to have buttons for different POI categories instead of one POI on/off button, and make sure that if they're turned on, they do show up at any zoom level, and then provide a way to show all nametags (or better yet, icons).
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