Here is an idea I've been kicking around for years... update your GPS with new road info!
Most GPS' leave breadcrumbs. Figure out a way to transfer breadcrumb information from the GPS back to the PC and import into MapSource. Then have Mapsource "recognize" and define the breadcrumbs as a new "road object." Once recognized as a new road, then name the road. Save/Export the data as a separate file.
Here is where I am at a loss... I would like to then update my local maps with this new data and send the data to Garmin to update future maps.
By having the user community constantly updating and making available new map meta data, everybody wins!!!
Garmin's supplier for cartography is Navteq - you can report issues to them via this web page:
I've reported quite a few things - new roads, closed and misplaced POIs from the preloaded database, and one place where they reported a street segment existing where none has for my entire time on this Earth...I don't know how it could have been that wrong that long...we'll see what they've done when the next mapset comes out.
I knew about that. I have a built in Nav unit in my Nissan Murano and just sold my Lowrance iWay 500c after 2 years. What I am looking for is a solution that provides immediate updating. Why wait for the next map upgrade?
While traveling to Atlanta my unit informed of severe traffic ahead. The unit then recalculated my route and get me to my destination about 15 minutes early. Two Thumbs for my 660 and Garmin
Garmin has an Advanced Route Avoidance manager under Preferences/Routing, which allows you to basically mask out roads or areas to avoid during route calculation. But I'd like to be able to add roads I'd like to travel if my route planning is nearby. I ride motorcycles and would like all the scenic roads indicated and prefered during routing calculations.
Such a Great Idea...I'm a 24 hour owner of a nuvi 350 and haven't found any road discrepencies yet in my area, but have been unable to find several local business listings while doing simple local searches. We GPS/NAV owners should have an outlet with our GPS/NAV system manufacturers to offer our own input in software upgrades. I'm trying not to sound like a whiner, but having always had a bad attitude towards business management I can't imagine how it would be difficult for the business "techies" to design and implement a program for the "users" to help upgrade the software from the manufacturers own website instead of having to search the web for local POI's.
...but have been unable to find several local business listings while doing simple local searches. We GPS/NAV owners should have an outlet with our GPS/NAV system manufacturers to offer our own input in software upgrades.
1. If you find errors on the built in Maps or missing or changed locations, you can report them to Navteq. They are the ones who provide the information to Garmin. You can report at: http://mapreporter.navteq.com/dur-web-external/secured/submi...
Garmin provides new Maps on a yearly basis at $75.
2. Garmin regularly provides updates to the firmware. They do seem to listen to their customers.
3. POI-Factory has over 700 user created POIs available to augment the built in ones. Garmin has provided an easy way to create your own POI's and to customize your unit.
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