Cell phone as GPS, bridging the POI gap

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by AlfromNH, Nov 3, 2020.

  1. AlfromNH

    AlfromNH Been here awhile Supporter

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    I'm pretty happy with the DFP running Locus as my nav device. I spend a lot of time without a cell signal which obviously isn't a problem *except* when I want to search for a gas station, restaurant, etc.

    Is there a POI database that can be downloaded to Locus or Google maps, and that's updated regularly? I'd want it restricted geographically, say Vermont/New Hampshire.
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  2. flamingm0e

    flamingm0e Long timer

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    I've used an app called POIBase that let me sync up new POIs with Sygic and a few other apps, but I could never find anything for Locus
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  3. SRTie4k

    SRTie4k Northeast Explorer

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    Openandromaps now provide a POI database for each map/region for use in Locus (the .db file that appears in the zip when you download them manually). Locus implements that in the "LoPoints" feature.

    Bear in mind I have not put a lot of time into it, so I don't know how thorough those databases are.
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  4. flamingm0e

    flamingm0e Long timer

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    I've not found the POI database to be that good for where I live.
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    I’ve used a few offline map apps that use OSM offline maps that automatically include all the POIs build into OSM for the area downloaded. I currently use Guru Maps Pro and while offline I can search for POIs by type, such as gas, restaurants, lodging, etc and will both show me them on the map and list format with an option to navigate to any I select. I can also search for POIs by name, such as Texaco. In any case I can also select a searched POI and create a always in map icon for it if I plan to reuse it.
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Puregas had kml downloads
    https://www.pure-gas.org/about

    Restaurants are so volatile I gave up on using pois for them.
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  7. scootertrog

    scootertrog Jedi Fart Master

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    This is precisely why I leave the CoPilot and TomTom Go apps on my phone - for POI search and "navigate to". Otherwise, I am also a Guru Maps Pro user. I don't have a data plan on my phone, otherwise I'd pretty much just depend on Google to find/route me to the POI (when in cell range).
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  8. SRTie4k

    SRTie4k Northeast Explorer

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    OSM data (which is what openandromaps and LoMaps pull from) relies on user submissions for accurate data. Become a contributor and help improve the maps.
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  9. flamingm0e

    flamingm0e Long timer

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    I do. ;)
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