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2007-09-20

Getting it right

I and one of our developers visited customers in Norrköping today. If you didn't know it, Norrköping is the home of the roundabouts from hell. I'm not kidding. They are all over and they do everything to make you confused. As I said to the customers, when storming in 45 minutes to late to our appointment: "it is not easy for us country folks finding their way in the big city". (We come from Stockholm , the capital of Sweden and a slightly bigger city than Norrköping.)

The problem was, beside that we didn't use a navigator, is that the programmers of the driving direction functionality on the map web site from which we printed the driving directions, have a problem with roundabouts. He probably think there should only be four exits. But here there were five, six or more. So, when you normally say "go left", what does that mean in the case of a five exit roundabout? Things didn't improve by the fact that someone must have scared of the guys putting up road signs in Norrköping. So we had to drive for minutes before being sure we were right/wrong.

So, if I don't write for some time, I've probably gone to Norrköping.

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Anonymous Tom said...

Really? On Google Maps it looks like a straight shot down E4 I don't see any roundabouts.

:0)

September 20, 2007 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Peter's mommy said...

that was google maps. we used www.hitta.se, which was a BIG mistake. They developer riding with me know some of the developers there so he was going to talk to them. Actually I went by Norrköping today and found that if we would have taken another exit, the place we were going to was straight by the exit. AAAARrrgh...

September 24, 2007 at 7:40 PM  

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