Using uNav in Australia

Asked by William Bleads on 2016-04-29

I really wanna use and support uNav but, and I don't know if this is primarily because of living in Australia, but I've found it completely unusable even with the latest updates for two primary reasons.

Firstly, I seem to be able to search street names but not street numbers. So if I put in a street address uNav will only take me to the street and I'll have to try to work out where exactly along that street my destination is. Obviously for some long streets with poor number labelling this is completely impractical.

Secondly, the range of point of interests seems to be pretty lacking. Don't know if there's just a lack of POI info for Australia (I do live in Sydney though...) or what, but even if I search up a train station I get nothing.

Am I just not using uNav correctly at all, or is my location an issue)?

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2016-07-29
costales (costales) said : #1

Hi William,

The search is from OSM Nominatin: http://nominatim.openstreetmap.org/
You'll find wathever Nominatin will find. Usually the street numbers are
not working. Sorry about that, we can't do anything.

You will find any POI from OSM, are they in OSM? If yes, probably they will
have a bad tag in OSM. You can by yourself add those POIs or update.

Thanks for your feedback!

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Gregory Opera (gregoryopera) said : #2

uNav uses maps made by and maintained by the Community, rather than maps made by and/or owned by a commercial company (e.g. Google or Sensis)...

This has its advantages (such as costales being able to use the maps without fee or restriction), but it also means that EVERY area covered by the maps is dependent on how much data the Community has submitted (i.e. some areas may be super-detailed, whilst other areas may have little or no information).

I'm in Australia and I have no problems - but then, I try to submit as much data as I can for where ever I happen to live at the time, and South Australia appears to have reasonable coverage...

If you're interested in contributing to OpenStreetMap and making it better, have a look at:
http://www.openstreetmap.org

How much data you submit is up to you - it could be as little as submitting a few POIs (points-of-interest), or as much as mapping an entire area extensively... OpenStreetMap has all the information you need on how to contribute and if you have an Android mobile device, I highly recommend you check out OsmAnd ( http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.osmand ) - it makes contributing data to OpenStreetMap super-easy!

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