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  1. eachna

    eachna Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    I have overseas family and friends and was playing with Google Nav on my Milestone. I decided to check the route to get to someone's house in Australia. I expected it would tell me to drive to somewhere in California and then stall.

    Instead, it suggested I drive to Cali, _kayak_ to Hawaii, kayak again to somewhere with Chinese characters in the street names, kayak to Australia, and then the directions picked up where they left off and directed me to the house in question.

    I can't help but think that whoever suggested kayaking across the Pacific Ocean had a rather sick sense of humor!
     

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  2. nicracine

    nicracine Well-Known Member

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    Maybe they're C
     
  3. hunta

    hunta Well-Known Member

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    Why not just kayak straight from Cali? Stop-offs are for wimps!
     
  4. nicracine

    nicracine Well-Known Member

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    Everyone has to pee sometimes, and not everybody want to pee in the fishes' home. You could keep a bucket, but there is a risk it will fall over.
     
  5. thegreen

    thegreen Well-Known Member

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    It's probably a reference to Kayak.com, a travel booking site, (like orbitz, travelocity.)
    They also have an app in the market.
     
  6. OstrichSaK

    OstrichSaK Well-Known Member

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    When Google Maps first launched if you got directions from New York to London it guided you down streets until you got to the ocean and then the next step was literally 'Swim across the Atlantic' and then picked up with street directions once you reached the UK. It was hilarious.
     
  7. DevinB

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    Came here to say this. :cool:
     
  8. superdorf

    superdorf Well-Known Member

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    I was just playing with the new pinch zoom and ended up in Australia... and I thought.. hmm... what will happen if I choose to navigate here... Got the same funny result:
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  9. superdorf

    superdorf Well-Known Member

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    BTw... It says you can do this trip in 55d 16h and 15 min... Over 15,000 miles from Iowa.

    2756 miles kayaking from Seattle to Hawaii... 3879 miles kayaking from Hawaii to Japan... More kayaking... 3,358 miles to Darwin austraila....
     
  10. eachna

    eachna Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    When reading through old posts of mine I came across this one. On a more serious note, if you use market enabler (or some other option) to convince your phone you have US-based service can you use Google Nav overseas? They clearly have the street data in the system...

    Anyone know?
     
  11. InstantKarma

    InstantKarma Well-Known Member

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    I just came back from London, and Nav on my MT3G worked pretty damn well while I was there, and I don't have/use Market Enabler.

    I don't know that I'd want to use it for driving (I'd be afraid to drive in London, anyway! lol), but for walking it was fine.

    Can't say about other countries, though.
     
  12. eachna

    eachna Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    My understanding the Nav has been officially enabled in Great Britain (and possibly Ireland?)

    I'm specifically asking about countries that don't have Nav enabled. I'm wondering if there's a way to trick it into thinking it ought to be. Not that it matters much, I'm in the US, I'm just being nosy/curious.
     
  13. jev

    jev Well-Known Member

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    Yes, there is a "workaround" that enables navigation in other countries, see here for example.
     
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