Anybody ever went on long trip with android navigation? what's the best android navigation software? is it possible to add poi's into android?
is it possible to add poi's into android?
Android is a tablet/smartphone operating system. If it is possible to add poi's all depends on the navigation app you are using (there are several.)
No good way to add POI's that I've found. I am mostly concerned about red light cameras, and those are in Waze from user reports. Waze is good because you can also report things if you have a (free) account set up, like hidden cops, road hazards, traffic jams, weather like heavy rain and fog, etc.
A good post on this. There is a lot of information on this post.
I have the red light cameras on Copilot Live (paid version) on Nexus 7 and they work fine.
I also have McDonalds and am working on others.
A lot of people helped me on the above post, hope it helps you.
I found the following article informative:
I prefer to use my nuvi for in-car navigation and have used the android when walking.
Interesting read, thanks!
That is a good post, turns out I read it a while back. I'm just too cheap to pay $10 so I'd like to find an alternative to use POI's with Google Maps since it's built in.
ALK also makes GPS CoPilot that is a free app. Don't know how it compares to CoPilot Live, probably just adds. You might want to try this. It probably takes the POIs the same way as CoPilot Live.
Check this app out for Google Map
there are apps for red light
Thanks, I will check out GPS CoPilot. I just got an Android device and was looking for a free app.
If you have cell coverage over your entire route I'd recommend using the built-in Google Maps app for navigation. The roads are generally updated faster than the other apps (Co-Pilot, Garmin, etc.) and it seems to me to have the best traffic info. I own Co-Pilot also but find myself using Google Maps for the majority of my trips.
Thanks for the Google Maps info. My tablet is wifi only so I guess I need the maps on the device. Just starting my Android journey, so I'm trying the free stuff first.
I think I'll keep my GPS for long trips, but would like to have the tablet for local or backup.
I take my tablet everywhere, but on any trip longer than to the city I use my GPS.
Have had an android (Nexus 7) for about 4 months, first time with apps. (A lot of good people on here recommended the Nexus 7 and I am glad for that)
I did the free apps and a lot of them are fine. Do find that for travel I paid for the Copilot Live and like it a lot. I bought a small data plan, no contract, from AT&T for $14.99 a month and when I want to look at traffic I log on, look at it and log off.
I don't know if the free GPS Copilot has traffic but Copilot Live does. You get traffic free for one year and then someone on here posted and said it is only $10 a year to keep the traffic. Not bad.
I just did a trip from MD to Tampa, Ft Lauderdale, and back via Blue Ridge and used CoPilot exclusively, although I took my Garmin as backup. I preferred the built-in POIs of CoPilot over the Garmin but I also had loaded some extras (as csv, ov2) to CoPilot. CoPilot is a much better value than any of the standalones these days, imo.
Going to SC by way of Mammoth Cave, Dollywood, Dig for gems in the Smokeys. Will be taking Copilot and my GPS. Good to know how well it works.
Well, I did run into one bizarre anomaly that I reported..
Coming from the south, I set Shenandoah State Park as a destination and had route prefs set to shortest. It routed me up the west side of the river, and across to the POI (on the east side of the river, but real close to the bank) where there wasn't a bridge! Not an issue because I saw the error and set road avoidance to use a good route for the final few miles.
It was a custom POI from a csv file, but I still don't know how it figured I could cross the river without a bridge or ferry. ?
Other than that, I had no issues with other destinations, pois, or custom pois as destinations.
Can't wait to see the reply I get from the submission!
Can't wait to see the reply I get from the submission!
Crossing the river without a bridge or ferry would depend on the tires you have installed. Run of the mill Goodyear, Firestone, and Michelins won't be able to drive on top the water.
Maybe they knew how narrow and low the Shenandoah was at that spot. If my truck was a 4x4 instead of a 2wd F150, I might have tried it.
..Then again, might it have taken my screen name too seriously?
I've seen this type of thing before. Not a river without a bridge, but a POI that was created to show where the location was in a shopping mall, and the location was around the back. Setting the POI there rather than at the shopping mall entrance on the road. Caused the Garmin nuvi to try to get close, but it didn't understand about fences and other barriers to get to the shopping center. It routed me past the shopping mall, onto an Interstate, around to an exit ramp, then half way up the ramp before it told me that I was as close to my destination as it could get me. My guess would be that the POI coordinates were not on a road that was on your GPS receiver.
I get that whenever I set a POI that isn't real close to a street. Good example is with a waypoint set in a large parking lot, like for a store or business park. Nuvi will route to the closest street and then do a straight line from there to the waypoint. And it will announce something like "navigate off-road". Now when I do that, I try and set my waypoint to the parking lot entrance from the street.
My guess would be that the POI coordinates were not on a road that was on your GPS receiver.
I get that whenever I set a POI that isn't real close to a street. ...
Yup, and Yup. Thanks guys.
I now realize that was exactly what happened in this case. The poi coords were near the river and for the campground area. The entrance road was as far as had been mapped (they're still developing the park) and was much farther away from the poi than the other closest road, which was across the river to the west.
We drove all of the park loops while we were there, and the log file was included in my report so we'll see if they update the map with it.
Might be able to drive across a narrow slow moving river on a dirt bike. Mythbusters did an episode on it. They got pretty far across a lake!
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