TomTom and Google Maps

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by The 314559, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. The 314559

    The 314559 Erdem Yucel

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    Has anyone heard or tried this?
    TomTom teams-up with Google
    It says that you can create routes and send it to TomTom device using Google Maps. Here I quote:
    Not only addresses, but also Points of Interest (including all detail data) and complete routes can be transferred."
    If this is true it finalizes my quest for the right GPS... I know Garmin can partially do this (the route planning through Google Earth) but only on a PC. I'm a Mac user and have been waiting for Garmin to come-up with the compatible software.
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  2. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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    Hi,

    Might want to move over to"layin down tracks'
    Thats the GPS forum.

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  3. The 314559

    The 314559 Erdem Yucel

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    OK. Thanks.
    No wonder the search did not return any results.
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  4. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    Done.

    I've been following this, and I can see where it would be cool for cages and general navigation, but as a tool for motorcycle ride planning, I just don't see it. I don't think anybody uses Google Maps for trip planning, or customizing a route. I still go out of my way to not find the fastest or easiest route, but instead the most twisty routes or back road only routes.

    The best feature I have seen on any GPS in the last month or so, is the last firmware update for the zumo where they added the new avoid for interstates - now that's a motorcycling feature.
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  5. Hi_Fi_Guy

    Hi_Fi_Guy Teutonic Terror

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    Yep, Google maps has offered this feature for a while now. Along with multi-POI trip planning, and the ability to drag and drop the path of your route in real time to nudge the route from one road to another. I've used online maps as my main route planning services for years (AAA's online TripTik and Google maps).

    The ability to integrate this with a GPS unit should surely be a boon to TomTom. I have no experience with MapSource as I've been holding out for Garmin to finally live up to their promise of Mac support so I don't know how it compares to Google Maps functionality. If the Google/TomTom solution works well I may be persuaded to swing toward that solution since Garmin seems to be asleep at the wheel.
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  6. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Hold on there. I use Google Maps almost exclusively to map my trips, based entirely on that I can drag and drop my route wherever I want. Google Maps has an "Avoid Highways" option, and additionally, you can simply drag your route over whatever roads you think look cool.

    It's the best way so far I've found to set up a route to take the twisties.

    The Tom-Tom integration looks nice... but there's been some workarounds to send Google Maps routes to GPS for quite a while. I've been using Google Maps to create GPS routes for my 2610 for six months or so.

    http://bevhoward.com/G2WPT.htm

    It's a little tedious, but once you do it a few times, it's really simple, especially considering the great functionality of Google Maps.

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  7. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Thanks for the link, Jamie. Interesting for the technologically advanced, but not for the feint of heart. Shit, we have people coming into the forum who can't figure out how to set a waypoint on their GPS, this procedure would make their head explode.

    I'll have to look at it some more to see if there are any advantages over using Mapsource with a Garmin. But in the mean time, I'm going riding!:ricky

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  8. bombarde

    bombarde DL650AK7 - K75

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    I only know one person with a TomTom and he's tried to get this working a couple of times. So far, no good. It's not ready for prime time.

    And yeah, he knows how to set waypoints...
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