I have a nuvi 350 and is wondering if there is a way for me to create a custom route instead of using what the GPS suggested. The reason I asked this is because, there are times the route suggested by nuvi is not the best route (i.e, passes to a shady area, heavy traffic, etc). If it cannot be done with 350, do other models or brands have this capability? Can you please let me know which one?
Thanks a lot!!
Short answer to your question is NO. The Nuvi series (all of them) will not accept route planning from Mapsource (or any third party software). You follow its route (selected based on your settings), or you just select "View Map" and watch the scenery go by.
On the StreetPilot 2610 (a much older model), there was an option to mark areas to avoid. The feature let you mark rectangular areas or road segments that would be excluded from all future route calculations.
I don't know if there's a similar feature on Garmin's newer models.
The only option would be to set the single allowed waypoint within the route to a spot on the route you want to take as opposed to what the GPSr calculates.
Short answer to your question is NO. ...You follow its route (selected based on your settings), or you just select "View Map" and watch the scenery go by.
Or set the go to location and ignore your GPSr and go along your preferred route. The GPSr will then keep recalcualting until it gets on to your preference. In other words, if their is an area you want to avoid, just avoid driving it and the Nuvi will catch up.
Yeap, that is what I do.
what are the difference between the two routes shorter distance or faster time
How do I say this without sounding like a smart_ _...lol.
Actually from my experience, the shortest route is, well the shortest route in miles. The faster route tends to put you on highways.
Shorter distance = shorter distance although may not be faster
Faster time = less time, although may be actually longer distance.
Take an interstate around a neighborhood to a destination, it may be longer in miles but will be faster, therefore - Faster time
Go to the same destination through that neighborhood and it's a shorter distance in miles, but will probably take more time, therefore - shorter distance.
The key word in your question is "create", and I stand by my reply that the answer is NO. If you don't like the route that Nuvi plans for you, change some of the settings to see if it gets you a route you like better.
Here is my thing, why are you setting a route if you already know the best route to take?????????
Here is what I do. I either route it and cut off the sound until I am not sure where to go.
Save the destination to my favorites and route it when I don't know where I am going next.
thanks for the information
I have a 2720, for which I have customize routing capabilities.
My customize routing is usefule to me: I visit my brother-in-law once maybe twice a year. He lives about 60 miles away, but to get there, I choose to take a wide variety of country roads. There is one traffic area that I want to avoid, but I don't always remember the exact small country road I take, since it is infrequent. So, I make a customize route, store it on my 2720 - done. Now I can just follow Emily's instructions knowing I'm avoiding the problem area and don't have to guess at the road I prefer to take. Otherwise, Emily would take me straight through the traffic area if I let her.
I've got a 7200, which is like 2720 it seems. I'm wondering if there is a way for us (unlike other models) to import "routes". Maybe there are tricks and work arounds such as developing a poi category named for the route and using it to quickly select points on the machine?
I'm trying to imagine how to do trip planning on my maching well before we hit the road across the country. It makes sense to me intuitively to organize pois by journey (say a visit to Yellowstone Park -- pois there and along the way?) But then I'm on a Mac and don't have the advantages of software like POI Edit.
Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
Does Mapsource run on a MAC? If so, use it to setup the route and download to the unit.
Does Mapsource run on a MAC?
MapSource is not Mac friendly.
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