Google and Mapquest have teamed up with Garmin to allow users to import routes and locations that they find on their respective services onto their Garmin GPS. This obviously requires a usb connection of sorts, but should be available on google starting tomorrow.
I think routes will not be possible on units that are limited to a single waypoint like my nuvi 265WT. When I tap Where To there is no Routes option and I've tried to download a route fI created in Garmin RoadTrip (I'm a Mac guy) only to discover that the file never transfers.
you can't send routes to units that don't support routes
I can only say again... I used the Google routes send to Garmin in Summer '08 when I visited California. I sent the route for LAX to Long Beach hotel and some of my booked journeys. It was so simple. Garmin stopped it and now you have to own the maps on CD to use Garmin software to send routes. ...
--Sounds like Garmin's tryin' to be difficult!
This doesn't have anything to do with Garmin. It's a Google issue.
If what was stated is true... it sounds like a Garmin issue to me too-
Of course, it's not true.
It it were true, then you would not be able to send routes from MapQuest.
And Garmin will send MapSource and the City Navigator maps for free (or for a small shipping fee) to user who own a unit with the maps preloaded.
Garmin created the Garmin Communicator Plug-In and released it to website owners to allow the website owners to send data from their websites to compatible Garmin GPS units connected to a computer with the plug-in installed.
It is the WEBSITE OWNERS (not Garmin) who choose what data can be sent to the GPS units and how.
Ok, that clears it up for me-
Thanks from me too!
Thanks a million-
still having troubles with this. i installed the plugin and the test page shows the green checkmark. i DO have GPS as an option in the list, but when i click it and choose garmin, i get an error stating: "Sorry, we were unable to send this message at this time. Please visit the help page" -- and the link points to a not useful URL: http://maps.google.com/support/bin/topic.py?topic=12387
anyone else having this trouble?
has this feature been upgraded to allow the transfer of routes from Google maps.
It works really good.
No. Waypoints are all that get transfered. With Google, when you transfer a route only the destination waypoint actually gets transferred. But with MapQuest, both start and ending waypoints get transferred.
In either regard, when you create a route using the transferred waypoints, the route calculated by the GPS will not necessarily be the route that google or mapquest calculated. In fact, in my experience, except for the shortest of routes odds are 9 in 10 that they will be different.
sounds too complicated
Have you tried it? As long as you're running the software you'd need for anything else Garmin-related AND the GPS is connected to your computer, it's simple, intuitive, and works.
thanks for the info
very easy once connected to laptop.
I have tried both Google Maps and Mapquest... both have transfered to my nuvi 1390t without issue. HOWEVER, I thought I would test this morning on the way to work... TTS did not work. The recalculation worked... but never any sound or speech direction.
Am I missing something. Thanks in advance for your response.
Man, from what I understand, as long as your device is USB Mass Storage and capable of using GPX files, you are good to go. I can't wait to use this feature and see if it will work with my nuvi 350. Of course, my coworker would have to have my nuvi with her this week!!!
Looking forward to asianfire's results. I also have a 350 and creating POI points to force the NUVI to go where you want, can be a bit tedious.
Check that you haven't some how selected a non TTS voice (Tools - Settings - Language - Voice Language). If you have a TTS voice selected, when you press Voice Language, the selected voice will say Speaks Street Names, below the title.
IMO a calculated route, as long as it's the active route, should announce directions no matter where you originally created the route (on the Nuvi, Mapquest, etc.) as the Nuvi will recalculate the route to it's own format, as soon as you 'import' it and select it on the Where To - Routes screen.
You do realize that asianfire's post was made almost 3 years ago
Thanks... I was thinking it should. Will double check everything!!
just take your time checking everything out...its always the obvious that gets over-looked.
Interestingly... I deleted them in my favorites (just a few of them) and re-did them in Google Maps. Everything works fine... another one of those things that make you go... hmmmm.
Wow, that was a close one!
This does not work on my 350,i posted this question here ands also was told by members not on the 350.
thansk for the update
Likewise, much appreciated!
That's a good idea, hope it will work propely
I find that using the "send to GPS" function on Google causes me to NOT be able to see the telephone number on my nüvi - even though I send the number. The number is available under the "edit" function for the favorite but it doesn't display on the main screen.
I believe this is due to the limited number of characters that can be displayed. When I select the function to send the waypoint I change the name to reflect what I want and then leave the info box (address field) alone. At this point it does NOT display the country information. However, once I do the "send to gps" thing, the next page shows that the information for the country -- such as United States -- has been appended to the field. The info can't be edited at that point. Because this information is automagically added on, there's not enough space left for the unit to display the telephone number.
This REALLY irritates me. I freaking KNOW what country my waypoint is in. I don't want to have that arbitrarily appended to the address. I want to see the freaking PHONE NUMBER. The nüvi won't let me edit this portion so I'm stuck with useless information and without useful information.
Use Extra Poi Editor to edit it and send back to gps.Also try the send to gps with MapQuest.
Being forced to massage the thing with 3rd party software is idiotic. How many people don't know what country their specific waypoint download is in? If they went to Google maps to find the waypoint they obviously knew what country it was in to begin with. I freaking hate things like this where they're "helping" me. I don't want to be forced to have their help.
I use Mapquest most all of the time.
Edit.Have not used Goodle maps for a while.Loaded a favorite using send to see if I got the same results as you did..The USA was included per your post but no problem with the phone number showing along with it.I have a 265 WT.Not necessary to have the extra data though.
Whenever I have the time, I like to go to Google to find locations I will be traveling to (like a hotel in a city I travel to for work or a place to eat). I send them to the GPS I will be using for that trip (either my 760 or 885t). The point shows up in my favorite list and the phone number is there too. That is handy if I need to change something. I have impressed a date or two (a little) by calling up the place and calling ahead for a reservation.
If I want the nuvi to follow a particular route, I create the route in Google Maps - editing as necessary. Once the route I like is in Google Maps, I call up the GPX program (using the link) and it creates a route file. I sometimes look at this file but I normally do not edit it because I don't really know how. I save it to my hard-drive and then transfer it to the appropriate directory of the Garmin I want to use it in. Then I have to call up the route in the Garmin to activate it (activate might not be the right word - I forget what Garmin calls this step). Then I have a route file and navigating using it works like normal Garmin navigation (the Garmin gives directions for each turn, turns are displayed on screen for the 885t etc.).
I found the route process somewhat involved but now that I have made it work a couple times it doesn't seem so bad. Sending a point from Google to the Garmin is super simple.
Sounds good but a might too complicated for me at the moment. My workaround in the NYC area when Garmin wants me to take a different bridge/tunnel than I prefer, is to zoom in close on Google Maps to the bridge/tunnel I want to take. Then I use the coordinates to manually create a favorite in the GPS. Then when I put my ultimate destination into GPS, I put the desired bridge/tunnel in as a via point on the GPS.
For example, the GPS often wants to route me from Queens/Long Island to NJ via the Lincoln Tunnel, when taking the Verrazano or GW Bridges would avoid the nightmare of Manhattan traffic. Now, I just put either of those bridges as a via point and the unit navigates me there first, and THEN to my ultimate destination. Not very elegant, but it works, and only requires transferring data from online to GPS once.
Just picked up on this. Will have to try as it would be great. I have been using the Harley Road planner and downloading routes to my garmin.
Took me a while to figure out how to use the routes on my garmin. They download directly, but before you can use them, you have to go into tools and data and upload them, even though they are on the GPS in order to use them. I would assume that this is the same thing.
Took delivery of a BMW X3 a couple weeks ago. During my orientation with the specialist, he advised it doesn't send Google's route to the car. Just the destination address and the car's nav system figures out the rest. Haven't tried it myself yet though.
Both Google maps and Mapquest export .GPX files for Garmin. You don't have to have the device connected either, just some form of USB storage.
Google maps "send to" (export) just sends a single location. And it takes seven mouse clicks and about 14 seconds to do it.
Mapquest sends an entire route with all the waypoints and it does it in far fewer steps too. But it is more limited in terms of which oem Nav systems it supports.
Kindly note that I updated my Android device to latest Android that resulted in updated google maps. So I am unable to send the route to my GPS device directly without the Garmin application installed on my mobile. Any advice on how to fix that?
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