I figured with my first post I'll introduce myself and share some knowledge I have on the OEM Navigation system for VW models known as RNS-510
For those interested, POI files can be imported via SD card once database has been build for the unit using either TomTom files or any CSV files.
Poinspect0r is one of the utilities that is free and will help you build your new database.
More info here
For those that are interested in building custom POI's for such system I have collection of over 2000 POI images in BMP format and PNG format needed for these database files so they properly show on on the RNS-510 map view screen.
If I figure out how to upload them here, or perhaps someone can point me in that direction I would gladly share these freely with everyone.
Glad to be part of this great forum.
Welcome to POI factory.
Glad I found this site, hello to all.
having used Garmin for years in cars and on bikes, I find the RNS-510 in my 2008 VW Touareg very difficult to impossible to update, I downloaded poinspector thing on my windows 8 PC and Norton AV took it straight off
what I need to do was place a route on it using poi's
so I downloaded the national trust poi's from here (Thank you) placed them onto a sd card and the 510 says sd card problem, put an MP3 on there no problem, so do they need to be in a folder or something.
thanks in advance.
Welcome. If the VW-branded Garmin works like most automotive Garmin GPS devices, the POI file must be in the SD card's /garmin/ folder.
Be sure that the file you try to load is the compiled POI file, not the csv or gpx file downloaded from here at The Factory. You need to use Garmin's POI Loader software to compile your csv and gpx Custom POI files into a gpi file for use by an automotive Garmin GPS.
Send some Eddies Ribs.
I realize this is an old post but have you any comments to update your VW POI work to add?
I am in Canada with a new 2018 Tiguan Highline (SEL in the US). My Infotainment system is similar, but only similar, to what I see on site discussion of the NAV system. There seems to be way less functionality to my NAV than I see on the net (fewer selection of POI's, etc). It may be that in an attempt to improve the user experience VW has reduced complexity, but I don't see that as an improvement.
Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
There is only one program that I know which can convert so files can be loaded in a VW unit.
The program is " POInspect0r". To use it and be useful it must be purchased.
My 2015 Passat can only read DB3 files and this program converts them.
Having said that, I prefer my Garmin stand alone over the built in unit. Much more intuitive to use, has three map updates a year at no cost. The VW maps are over $ 100.00 per update, nothing free!
I played with POInspect0r and had good results. I enjoyed the whole "roll your own" nature of installing the POI's. I still think VW did a cra**y job of informing customers about how to install Vcard destinations and POI's, but that is a rant for another day.
I am wondering what you think of this idea. The purpose of my using POI’s is to be able to find radio stations when I drive from one area to another (if you've been to Canada, it’s big, really big), I only listen to 2 stations so SiriusXM is a waste of money.
I would like to see the icon when the new POI is being approached from a distance tap on it and be able to get the new frequency information (yes I do realize that the icon would be present when I get to a new location and I would have that point until I get out of range).
Would this be an appropriate use for POI’s? Would you have any thoughts?
Thanks in advance.
I only listen to 2 stations so SiriusXM is a waste of money.
I only listen to one station regularly. But I have driven back and forth to the Whole Four Corners area and down into AZ and NM numerous times over the last 15 years. It was well worth the money to not have to change channels every 100 miles. I set the channel on Classic Vinyl and never had to change stations once.
I agree, while it may be nice to have the Sirius radio working, for me it's a waste of money. Once I am in Mexico I may drive my car once a month for maybe two hours over a period of six months. I have better ways to spend my money than enriching some already rich conglomerate.
In my Passat I have a 16GB SD card filled with music and audio comedy. That's enough for many,many days.
The strangest part is, that the VW unit is actually Garmin based. As for being alerted to POI's by the VW unit I would say that just won't happen, it will not even show any POI's on the screen. On my Garmin I have POI's which have an audio file as alerts and alert distances are set up using EPE.
I do see the radio station POI in Montreal that I added, but based on your comment not sure if my plan will have a practical benifit to me. I'll see later in the month.
As for the 16GB SD card, I purchased a 128GB SD card for about US$20. No shortage of podcasts and books for me to listen to with that.
Bigger is not always better. For instance can the unit utilize a 128 GB card? There may be a limit to the size it can read.
It took me quite sometime to fill a 16GB card.
You are absolutely right; but in this case, yes it can (and does).
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