What should you do when you are in a foreign country and expected to navigate around one of the country's busiest cities? Grab a GPS! In today's Friday Feature, Harry Z. has to drive into Paris, France by himself while under a strict deadline. Luckily, Harry borrowed his employer's Garmin GPS.
Harry explains, "Faced with a deadline of only hours I was given addresses for two suppliers south of Paris (which we could not avoid driving through), a minivan with manual transmission (which I hadn't driven in over twenty years) and our president's Garmin GPS with Traffic Assist, an ancient but fully functional portable unit. After 10 minutes of practice driving with the Garmin I pushed off by myself at 5:00 p.m. on a very tight schedule."
"We had arrived in France some 5 days earlier and spent only an hour in Paris before leaving for Beauvais to the North. None of us were familiar with Paris' Byzantine streets, avenues or highways that had to be navigated to get to a region an hour and a half south of the city. Fortunately the voice commands and traffic assist worked perfectly, letting me avoid a highway closed for repairs on my return trip. I arrived back at our plant before 10:30 p.m. with all the stock needed to keep the plant running."
He continues, "Our team later toured Paris by car. I came to realize that had I not had the Garmin with me for that trip I'd probably still be driving haplessly around the city, multiple maps in hand, even today." Read Harry's original post.
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