wouldn't it be a cool Garmin app?

 

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So I'm driving around and I'm using my Garmin 3597 and needed some gas. So i use my Garmin to find me a gas station which it does with no issues; but then i start to think... wouldn't it be really cool if it could also sort (instead of just by distance) by lowest price?

I think I remember hearing that gas stations change their prices once per week (i think it's on Fridays) so I figured too bad there couldn't be a nationwide database that Garmin could tap into to get those prices and do weekly updates either by satellite or by cable?

just thought it would be a cool "What-if?"

sounds cool

It sounds cool however this will need users to update the prices hourly or daily- there is a app called gasbuddy that does this and you earn points for updating.

There is also an app called YP - yellow pages that shows the Gas stations and their prices.

It would be great if Garmin could show the prices instead of using the smartphone as this requires dataplan.

My thoughts.
African

Garmin does have a gas app

Garmin does have that actually with the nuLink services but it is only available on select GPSs - I think the 1690 and 1695. Those models were replaced by newer ones and with the advent of smartphones, I suspect that Garmin didn't continue developing that technology any further since most people have smartphones. you might find one on Amazon though. That said, an app which connects to a smartphone on the GPS itself just like they have with Live Parking, Traffic, and Weather would be really slick too.

http://www8.garmin.com/automotive/nuLink_services/

Gas

There's an app for that. That feature is probably best kept to a smartphone app, such as GasBuddy or Cheap Gas!

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Gasbuddy is probably your best choice

jmvamosy wrote:

wouldn't it be really cool if it could also sort (instead of just by distance) by lowest price?

The old MSN Direct service offered on select Garmins provided this, assuming they had current price data for the area. Prices within the last 72 hours were reported as current. Gasbuddy relies on user submissions, but tends to provide fresher data along with its actual age.

jmvamosy wrote:

I think I remember hearing that gas stations change their prices once per week

Unfortunately, stations sometimes update prices multiple times per day, any given day, whether in response to a new delivery, or other factors. I've watched the pump price update between the time I pulled up and the attendant (in a full-service state) ambled over to start pumping.

It would be even chillier (& probably more profitable) if ...

...Garmin were to refine it's existing legacy hardware lines instead of introducing new (0.9 beta) models which have either unacceptable designs, flawed operational features, and unsupporting software (that harken back to the days of DOS 3.3/Win 95).

Your idea would clearly require an ongoing live wireless data connection risking your Garmin being taken over by a rogue app. That certainly wouldn't be cool @all. In fact history will show that being "off the grid was cool" being always connected wasn't ... unless someone else was paying you, and the fees, to be so. evil

and another idea...

So my Garmin 3597 has this follow me now app (tracker) which I played with too. I let my friends track my daily progress while driving around NY. Was kind of fun and I could see some practical uses for this feature but i thought of another step this app could take.

let's say i tell my friends to meet me at a location and they have been tracking my location; and what if they too have the same Garmin or one with this feature. Why couldn't my Garmin send their Garmin my location so that the could automatically navigate to my location?

thought that might be cool too....

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Then you would need transmitter hardware built in your gpsR, and pay for a data plan.

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fair enough

then use a smartphone to relay the GPS' coordinates and not it's own (i'm making the assumption the GPS is more accurate than the smartphone). but it would make meeting people at a gathering place a lot more simpler don't you think?

think of the spirit of the idea... smile

Other apps will track too...

jmvamosy wrote:

So my Garmin 3597 has this follow me now app (tracker) which I played with too. I let my friends track my daily progress while driving around NY. Was kind of fun and I could see some practical uses for this feature but i thought of another step this app could take.

let's say i tell my friends to meet me at a location and they have been tracking my location; and what if they too have the same Garmin or one with this feature. Why couldn't my Garmin send their Garmin my location so that the could automatically navigate to my location?

thought that might be cool too....

If you look at the "Waze" app, you can have someone watch as you drive, but I found that buggy, Being in NY it reported me somewher in Wisc.

You also have a app called "Glympse" app.. With this app you can show and track your location or even request to find the person you are texting to show and track there location.

BTW, did you know that if you go to the WAZE website and have a account you can see your last 10 or so tracks.. just a fyi.. Not sure about Glympse but I will be looking into that one. One more thing about tracking, when sending the information, the other peson does not need the app on there phone but a connection to the web!

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Not in Central Illinois

>>>hearing that gas stations change their prices once per week

The $#%@#%@#$^%@$^# gas stations around here often change gas prices hourly ... and in unison ... and the price always goes up

They say they don't, but when one raises prices, they all raise prices.

Really P**ses me off.

Gas Buddy often can't even keep up with the current prices because it depends on users to update. If someone doesn't update a station, the listed price is often wrong.

Saw T. Boone Pickens on CNBC this am. He said the US could be energy independent if Washington got off their fannies.

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around here

cbwatts wrote:

The $#%@#%@#$^%@$^# gas stations around here often change gas prices hourly ... and in unison ... and the price always goes up

They say they don't, but when one raises prices, they all raise prices.

Around here they use zone pricing and it's by neighborhood. Gas at one station can be up to 40 cents per gallon more than one a half mile away because one station is in a more affluent area than another. An Exxon station in one area lists regular at $4.49 while the same chain shows $3.79 at another station.

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garmin is

more interested in putting in locations that want to advertize than doing something like this... takes space on the map file and as it's getting bigger with each release, I doubt much is new with the maps but if someone could figure out how to find all the commercial adds (new of course) incorporated... we'd really see what was important

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Gas buddy

Gas Buddy is the best one around. It is updated by users whenever the price changes.

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Ever wonder why ???

Box Car wrote:

Around here they use zone pricing and it's by neighborhood. Gas at one station can be up to 40 cents per gallon more than one a half mile away because one station is in a more affluent area than another. An Exxon station in one area lists regular at $4.49 while the same chain shows $3.79 at another station.

Saw this just outside Cincinnati over the weekend. I stopped at an exit for fuel and paid $3.899 per gallon. Got back on the highway and fuel at the NEXT exit was $3.599, a thirty-cents-per-gallon difference over the span of two miles, same chain. No rhyme or reason to the pricing scheme.

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Box Car wrote:

Around here they use zone pricing and it's by neighborhood.

Very common here in the Los Angeles area. The price can vary pretty significantly between gas stations a block apart from each other.

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Gas Buddy

Another vote for it. Works well at home and away

me too

Have often wondered that. At some point... in the distant future they will, I'm sure.

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Wow!

>>Gas at one station can be up to 40 cents per gallon more than one a half mile away

Wow! That would make Gas Buddy much more valuable as long as the users regularly update the prices.

In Central Illinois, when one station raises prices, they all raise prices.

I can't figure out how they spread the "let's raise raise price now" info. Maybe a bulk email? A conference call? Mental telepathy?

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Garmin 205, 260W, 1450LMT, 2460LMT, HEREwego for iPhone ... all still mapping strong.

My GPS apps

I actually use some apps that help me a lot with my GPS

1) GasBuddy; the best to find cheapest gas prices
2) SmartLink: Official from Garmin; includes Search FourSquare, Last mile, Bluetooth link to my Garmin GPS and PhotoLive (purchased add-on)
3) Find my Car: a backup to "Last Mile" Garmin
4) Track My Mileage: The best to track my miles

Another vote for Gas Buddy

I use it regularly and it's very helpful!

diesel wrote:

There's an app for that. That feature is probably best kept to a smartphone app, such as GasBuddy or Cheap Gas!

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"You can't get there from here"

It would be nice but then we

It would be nice but then we would need a live connection all the time. Most likely another data plan. I have enough bills now smile

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cbwatts wrote:

>>Gas at one station can be up to 40 cents per gallon more than one a half mile away

Wow! That would make Gas Buddy much more valuable as long as the users regularly update the prices.

In Central Illinois, when one station raises prices, they all raise prices.

I can't figure out how they spread the "let's raise raise price now" info. Maybe a bulk email? A conference call? Mental telepathy?

Most gas stations all get their fuel out of the same terminal/distribution facility...when the wholesale price changes at the source, stations alter prices...

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Gas Buddy is a great tool

Gas Buddy is a great tool and very helpful.

I think more often.... sometimes.

jmvamosy wrote:

I think I remember hearing that gas stations change their prices once per week

Around here I've seen them change twice in one day...

Ron