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I can't figure out why most Tomtom GPS units won't interface with Mapquest or Google Maps.

How hard would it be for Tomtom? I called their support line today and was told that only 2 of their product lines, one being the Go series, interfaced.

It seems they are shooting themselves in the foot. I was all prepared to purchase a XXL 540TM today but you can't make custom routes via Google or Mapquest and export them to it.

Oh well, I guess I'll stick with my Garmin until something else comes along with custom routing ability.

Google Map

Bkhuna wrote:

I can't figure out why most Tomtom GPS units won't interface with Mapquest or Google Maps.

How hard would it be for Tomtom? I called their support line today and was told that only 2 of their product lines, one being the Go series, interfaced.

It seems they are shooting themselves in the foot. I was all prepared to purchase a XXL 540TM today but you can't make custom routes via Google or Mapquest and export them to it.

Oh well, I guess I'll stick with my Garmin until something else comes along with custom routing ability.

In the future don't waste your time talking to TT support. They are clueless.
Google maps work with TT units.
http://www.ehow.com/how_5912500_transfer-google-maps-tomtom....

Not exactly what I need..

It's nice to upload a destination, but as I stated, the ability to make a custom route in Google or Mapquest AND export it is another.

I must have the ability to make custom routes.

That's not TT's fault

Bkhuna wrote:

It's nice to upload a destination, but as I stated, the ability to make a custom route in Google or Mapquest AND export it is another.

I must have the ability to make custom routes.

Google and Mapquest don't do routes for Garmin, either. They just export the multiple waypoints and destinations, not Route (Garmin) or Ininerary (TT) files to your unit.

Custom Route??

Bkhuna wrote:

It's nice to upload a destination, but as I stated, the ability to make a custom route in Google or Mapquest AND export it is another.

I must have the ability to make custom routes.

What is your definition of custom route?

Not So

johnc wrote:

Google and Mapquest don't do routes for Garmin, either. They just export the multiple waypoints and destinations, not Route (Garmin) or Ininerary (TT) files to your unit.

Not so, at least with a Garmin Nuvi and Mapquest. A route calculated in Mapquest can be sent to the Nuvi. Once there, you go to Tools - My Data - Import Route and select the just downloaded Mapquest route. The Nuvi then imports the route and you can then select it anytime from Where To - Routes.

Granted, the Nuvi may recalculate your route based on the settings for route calculation you have set on the device but if your careful about how you set "stops" in your Mapquest route preparation you will end up with the same "route" on the Nuvi as you had in Mapquest.

Also the file that ends up on your Nuvi is a gpx file with the contains the "stops" you created on Mapquest. I guess you can call these simply 'waypoints' but they are stored in such a way that you select the 'route' on the Nuvi, not the individual waypoints.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s

Custom Routes

OK, so I guess I don't have the terminology exact, but I'll try to explain what I've done in the past and hopefully, a Tom Tom user will know if it can be done on the XXL 540TM -

Let's say I use Mapquest to get direction from my home to a destination. I now have a map with a point A and a point B.

However, lets say I want to meander along the general route and stay on the back roads as much as possible while maintaining the final destination.

In Mapquest, you can click along points on the suggested route and drag them to other places on the map. Mapquest directions are then updated and I have a "CUSTOM route"; a set of directions from point A to point B where the actual roads taken were optimized for the trip I want.

Next, you select Send to GPS and you have a couple of options with the Garmin nuvi. You can send multiple locations to your Garmin device. Selecting route will send the locations as a group of waypoints. Selecting waypoints will send each location individually.

By choosing route, I can then send a custom route to my USB connected Garmin. When I get in the car, I can pull up that route and away I go, the Garmin diving me directions from point A to point B along my "custom route".

What I hope someone can tell me is if Mapquest can do the same with the Tomtom XXL 540 TM.

that's a BIG issue of mine

t923347 wrote:
johnc wrote:

Google and Mapquest don't do routes for Garmin, either. They just export the multiple waypoints and destinations, not Route (Garmin) or Ininerary (TT) files to your unit.

Not so, at least with a Garmin Nuvi and Mapquest. A route calculated in Mapquest can be sent to the Nuvi. Once there, you go to Tools - My Data - Import Route and select the just downloaded Mapquest route. The Nuvi then imports the route and you can then select it anytime from Where To - Routes.

Granted, the Nuvi may recalculate your route based on the settings for route calculation you have set on the device but if your careful about how you set "stops" in your Mapquest route preparation you will end up with the same "route" on the Nuvi as you had in Mapquest.

That's one of my biggest peeves. If I took the time to set a route and worked to get it correct, why should the unit override the very detailed instructions downloaded in the route?

If none of you have ever explored what is in a downloaded route, I suggest you do. A route of a hundred miles can contain a thousand waypoints as each highway segment is listed and my Nuvi still thinks these detailed instructions aren't correct so it recalculates the route between end points as it thinks you should go.

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"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -- John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. president

Itinerary?

Why not just set up an itineray on your TomTom?

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Use MapSource

MapSource can do all of that. It isn't difficult to use and allows you much greater custom route flexibility than any cloud application.

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Use MapSource

dave817 wrote:

MapSource can do all of that. It isn't difficult to use and allows you much greater custom route flexibility than any cloud application.

fyi...OP has a Tomtom unit.

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nuvi 2460LMT

Really?

Bkhuna wrote:

Oh well, I guess I'll stick with my Garmin until something else comes along with custom routing ability.

You misread it mariner. It reads Garmin, not Tom Tom to me

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Zumo 550 & Zumo 665 My alarm clock is sunshine on chrome.

Well

Well he may not have a TomTom but his question/concerns are about the TomTom, not a Garmin.

This is the TomTom Talk forum grin

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s

google

im on a mac but after a couple of tries it did give me the option for my tomtom.
mike

google

im on a mac but after a couple of tries it did give me the option for my tomtom.
mike

google

im on a mac but after a couple of tries it did give me the option for my tomtom.
mike
sorry about triple post finger and brain must have went to sleep on the post comment button

Read it again dave

dave817 wrote:
Bkhuna wrote:

Oh well, I guess I'll stick with my Garmin until something else comes along with custom routing ability.

You misread it mariner. It reads Garmin, not Tom Tom to me

Maybe you should read it again, and this time start at the top

Bkhuna wrote:

I can't figure out why most Tomtom GPS units won't interface with Mapquest or Google Maps.

How hard would it be for Tomtom? I called their support line today and was told that only 2 of their product lines, one being the Go series, interfaced.

It seems they are shooting themselves in the foot. I was all prepared to purchase a XXL 540TM today but you can't make custom routes via Google or Mapquest and export them to it.

Oh well, I guess I'll stick with my Garmin until something else comes along with custom routing ability.

He is obviously considering a TomTom and asking about it on a TomTom forum. At the end, he laments that fact that he must stick with Garmin until this feature is added.

Try the Program called TYRE

If you use this program, you can map out a custom route in google maps and then import it to your TT.

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