On the 1490T, pressing the traffic circle on the map brought up the "Traffic Map" screen. When pressed, it would revert to the map and show known traffic. If you subsequently pressed the traffic circle, it brought you back to the same menu, but it would say "Show Normal Map". In essence, it would toggle between traffic or no traffic on the map.
On the 2460LMT, there's no apparent "toggle". Pressing the traffic circle always brings up "Traffic Map". There's never a "Normal Map" choice.
Is this the way it's supposed to be? Considering there is often no traffic being shown even when traffic map is "on", it's often impossible to tell which is selected, traffic or normal. Am I missing something?
That's how it is. The old toggle in the 1490 switched between a colored map and a black and white map with traffic highlights. On the 2460 (and the 3790 as well), the traffic highlights are alongside the roads on the normally colored map. They appear whenever you are receiving traffic info. You don't have to manually "turn on" the traffic map or anything like that. The Traffic Map button is really just a shortcut to the regular browse map mode.
Thanks class3. Interesting that there's no longer a choice to see or not see traffic.
The older way did make it quick to turn off traffic. You can still do that with the 2460. It's just buried in the menus: Tools > Settings > Traffic > Disabled
Personally, I'm okay with the new way. The traffic highlights are very legible on the regular colored map and they don't distract me so I just leave them on. The downside of the old way is you could only see the traffic highlights on a B/W map and you had to manually enter and stay in that mode just to see traffic (if my memory is correct--I use to briefly own a 1450).
I tend to agree, but one thing I've noticed that I don't like is at the zoomed-out levels (several miles scale, rather than hundreds of feet scale), the native road colors are hard to distinguish from the traffic condition colors.
I like to peruse the map for traffic on the overall route at times, and this makes it somewhat difficult to do that.
I agree, the B/W map was really nice for looking at traffic. In the Los Angeles area, it was nice to zoom way out and have a big overall of all the traffic on that B/W map. On the 2460 and 3790, the traffic highlights are beside the roads, which is fairly legible, but not as obvious as the B/W map. It's even worst on the 3490 because the traffic highlight is on the road itself. Maybe Garmin should have an option to toggle the "Traffic Map" as a B/W map.
Maybe Garmin should have an option to toggle the "Traffic Map" as a B/W map.
I discovered something interesting about this. IIRC, on the 1490T, touching the 3D map during navigation would bring up the 2D ovehead map view. And also IIRC, that view was not "sticky" -- each time you went to it, it did not retain the location and zoom setting of the last look at it. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but the 2D map on the 2460 seemed to default to a very zoomed out view (like several states view). IIRC, it's not centered on the car's icon, either.
Now, a neat trick I think I found is with the 2460, pressing the traffic "traffic map" icon brings up the 2D map, centered on the car icon. Makes it a lot easier to zoom in and out without having to scroll the map to keep the vehcile icon in it.
Also on the 2460 I got the JCV stuck on a view 150 miles away from the junction, by swapping screens and doing other back and forward cold not get rid of the JCV shot until I tapped the JCV itself and it then went to full map.
Interesting. Well, on the positive side, when you got to that junction, you could have driven it with your eyes closed.
Another annoying thing with the 2460LMT is that unlike earlier models, the traffic icon will not turn gray when you travel beyond the FM traffic reception area. Very annoying. It still stays green (or whatever color) misleading you into thinking your traffic is still clear and up to date when unbeknown to you, it could have lost reception 100 miles ago. Firmware glitch I think - even the manual says it should go gray but it doesn't. False advertising too.
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