Today is Tuesday, 15th February 2011

Challenges facing GPS Navigation in the Philippines

Finally GPS Navigation is in the Philippines.  It was quite a challenge for the team to add routing information to our existing GPS maps.  For GPS fans out there here is a list of issues surrounding GPS Navigation in the Philippines.

Addressing Information

  • No visible signs – Most properties do not have their numbers clearly displayed from the street.  We are truly amazed at how delivery services find customers.
  • Chaos in numbering – Some streets have jumping numbers 2, 4, 6, 10, 8.
  • Invalid Addresses – Some subdivisions use Block 1, Lot 10 as an address.  This cannot be routed.
  • No Authority – Who is supposed to regulate or issue addresses?

Gated Villages

This was one of the most expensive and time consuming exercise in developing the routable map.  We can only speak for Garmin Devices, but there is no support for gated villages.

If a driver was coming from Chino Roces and wants to go to Glorietta, the navigation software would route you through San Lorenzo Village, which of course requires a car sticker.  Although we have fixed this issue, it still is a challenge.

Constant Changes

Street Names and Street Names

What a nightmare! Street names seem to change along with our government administrations! And not only that, the locals never refer to streets with their new names!

Notwithstanding the fact that there are thousands of Jose Rizal’s, C.M. Recto’s and General Luna’s which makes things all the more complicated.

Street Rules

What is it with U-Turns, No Lefts and One-ways in this country? It changes faster than they could change the signs.

PTI GIS Development Team

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