Q. I have recently purchased a GPS system for my car and there are times when the screen goes blank, then restarts, what could be the problem? Is it a defective unit? Also, I noticed when driving down some highways it shows streets that don’t exist and in some cases, it doesn’t show streets that do. Is my software bad?
A. It sounds as though you might have a connection issue with your unit. Make sure all cables are properly secured and/or tightened. If that does not solve the problem, your unit might be defective and you should return to the store where you purchased or to the manufacturer.
When you drive down a highway and your system does not reflect the actual roads, that could be what the industry calls a “copycat”. Fake streets are intentionally placed in the software by the companies to trap those who attempt to copy their data. Sometimes these copycat roads are not so obvious. It is a wonderful piece of evidence for court.
I’m sure you can imagine there are many streets and highways throughout your area and/or country. It would be best to take note of the error and contact the company providing the data. You will usually find this information on the bottom of your screen. These companies make frequent updates to reflect all changes made to the data, including errors, new roads, other fixes, new POI’s (points of interest), or other features. It is best to keep your software current.