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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: The Coast Is Not Clear

September 2, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

It's nice to have a navigation system that tells you the local traffic conditions. Even if you can't do anything about it (which is the case about 99% of the time) just knowing what to expect is oddly soothing.

Then again, that's assuming that the system is accurate. That's not always the case in our 2013 Porsche 911. More than once I've been sitting in stop-and-go traffic while the navigation screen says it's green sailing ahead.

I'm not sure where this particular system is getting its information, but clearly it's not getting it fast enough. In one instance I had a passenger check her Waze app to see if it was any better. In one case, it was, in another it was just as oblivious to the traffic.

Luckily I've been driving in L.A. traffic long enough to know to just sit back and relax no matter what technology is telling me. Seems to work more consistently.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 16,182 miles


Comments

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    I've had the misfortune of traveling in areas with ridiculous amounts of traffic & have come to the conclusion that living near large population centers literally consumes your life. The time wasted in transit is truly a waste. I'm sure if you never lived in a rural area, you don't know the difference, but it would take an incredible salary to lure me near a large city. I'm just not built for 90 + min. commutes that cover 30 miles. God bless you guys in Atlanta, SoCal, Florida.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    There's been an ongoing debate on the Edmunds comments about the merits of living in the LA area. This is definitely one in the con side, and a major reason why I'm considering leaving. What I have noticed, if the traffic report has gotten around to reporting an incident, by that time it has been cleared up but now everyone else is taking alternate routes, so take the route where the jam is reported and you'll have relatively smooth sailing.

  • jasond52 jasond52 Posts:

    Google Maps app on my phone is VERY accurate here in the Northeast corridor.

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    To me, this is why I'm not interested in purchasing (that and BIG $) car navigation systems. They are a decade behind the times. If it can't connect to Google (and Google owns Waze now as well), it's going to be unreliable at best.

  • opfreak opfreak Posts:

    oh look, another use google response. Do you people ever travel on roads without a data signal? Or on roads with slow data? get out

  • jasond52 jasond52 Posts:

    I always have data service when I drive between DC and Boston...only place I need Google Maps to work. If I'm in middle of nowhere West By God Virginia with no cell service traffic is not usually a problem.

  • I agree that a long commute is a soul-sucking exercise that will probably take years off your life. However, I do not live in the country, I live in Los Angeles. That's the thing -- I made the smart choice to live near my work, instead of moving out to the sticks so that I could go into debt for 30 years to live in a more "affordable" house. People choose to live in the suburbs as a quality of life issue, but fail to include the commute in their QOL calculation. I live in a nice urban neighborhood among decent people, and I am NOT rich (dual-income, though), so I am proof that there is an alternative.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    misterfusion, good on you that you can have two income earners in and both have jobs nearby. That's really the difficult thing in LA though. We're a two income family, and I can bike to work, but my wife has to drive over an hour to get to her job 30 miles away - and that's only an hour because her commute isn't during rush hour. I wish we could BOTH live near our jobs, but that's impossible. One job is in one neighborhood, the other job is in another, and we (like most married couples) enjoy sharing the same housing unit.

  • jlh3 jlh3 Posts:

    @misterfusion Please don't forget several things play into where people work and live. I have been driving 100 miles a day for the past 7 years for my job. Why don't I move closer, well I like living close to my family members. Now that I have been marri

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