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  • Changing Osage Beach roads confound GPS technology

  • A survey of GPS service providers conducted by the city of Osage Beach has discovered that with the exception of one provider, few can direct a motorist to the proper destination without difficulty, or at all.
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  • A survey of GPS service providers conducted by the city of Osage Beach has discovered that with the exception of one provider, few can direct a motorist to the proper destination without difficulty, or at all.
    The survey resulted from concern among Osage Beach Citizen Advisory Committee members and others that motorists have problems finding some locations. A decline in traffic to many locations west of the Grand Glaize Bridge since the opening of the Expressway and Key Largo has many business owners concerned.
    As a result, the city has sent letters to the providers asking them to improve their software so travelers can access relevant information about the city.
    “With the opening of the new U.S. Highway 54 (Expressway) through our city in the last year, we have noticed an increasing number of complaints about GPS errors,” Mayor Penny Lyons said in a letter made available at Tuesday night’s Citizen Advisory Committee meeting. “While many complaints are due to the failure of the customer to update their subscriptions, other errors may be due to confusion about the new road and renaming of the old stretch of the highway from Highway 54 to Osage Beach Parkway.
    The city’s engineering department studied 12 major destinations from three starting points coming from different directions in the city.
    Nine locations were part of the study: Backwater Jacks, Dog Days, Dierbergs, HyVee, On the Rise Bakery and Bistro, Harley Davidson, Golden Door Motel, Putt’n Stuff, Jake Culpeepers Cattle Company, Tan-Tar-A and Osage Beach Premium Outlets.
    A synopsis of the results include:
    Google – no issues with any search.
    Yellow Pages – Had problems directing people to Jake Culpeepers and the Premium Outlets.
    Yahoo – Had problems directing people to On the Rise, Putt’n Stuff and Jake Culpeepers
    Bing – Had problems directing people to Backwater Jacks, HyVee, Dogwood Hills Golf Course and Jake Culpeepers.
    TomTom (online mapping service) – Had directional problems to Backwater Jacks, Dierbergs, HyVee, On the Rise, Golden Door Motel, Putt’n Stuff, Jake Culpeepers and Premium Outlets.
    MapQuest – Directional problems to Backwater Jacks, Dierbergs, Dogwood Hills, Putt’n Stuff, Tan-Tar-A and Premium Outlets. MapQuest does not know what Lee C. Fine Airport is. It only knows Brumley.
    Rand McNally (Online Mapping Service) – Could not locate any of the destinations, but could find Tan-Tar-A coming from Camdenton.
    Ask – Could not locate any of the nine destinations.
    AAA (TripTik Travel Planner) – Could not find Backwater Jacks, Dog Days, HyVee, Harley Davidson, Golden Door Motel, Tan-Tar-A or the Premium Outlets; had problems with directions to On the Rise, Putt’n Stuff and Jake Culpeepers.

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