just got back from Vegas, last time I came back with a buddy who lives in Phoenix. I was following him and he took a route that avoided about 25 miles of "1 Block traffic lights". I tried all the different settings and could not find that route, it also saved gas and cut about a half hour off the trip. Would have been nice to just hit a key to save that route.
Most of the newer models do "learn." Just not what you wanted. The Traffic Trends which has been discussed several times over the past few years learns from your driving habits and will choose routes based on past trips over the same routes. It sounds as if you need to talk to your friend and get some details on the route used and then create a trip or route based on those directions. Probably you only need a couple of vias or waypoints to the standard route.
I believe the newer models do "learn" patterns but I don't think it necessarily programs you to take that route. My 2798LMT does say like 50 minutes to work (without programming a destination) when I leave and I think if I take a different route for a while it learns I want to go that way and figures it out.
My suggestion to the above issue is to turn on the breadcrumbs tracking feature. It's not called that in the settings (I forget what they call it) but mine has a marking on the map to show where I've been and that is great for following that route even if the map engine thinks another way is quicker. It puts these blue lines on the map wherever you go. Might be helpful for you.
Below is selection from Garmin FAQ.
The myTrends feature is available on select Garmin products. When you travel regularly to saved destinations, your device will, over time, begin to figure out where you’re going even without your telling it. Your device will provide a predicted route which will display in the information bar at the top of the map screen. myTrends provides time of arrival and relevant traffic information in the information bar.
"Please note: myTrends is a feature that does not work out of the box when you first begin using your device. In order to effectively use the myTrends feature you must meet the following requirements before myTrends will display arrival and relevant traffic information:
Your frequent destinations must be saved in Favorites or Saved on your device, i.e. Home, Work, etc.
A regular pattern of driving habits must be established before myTrends will display on your device:
Daily regular pattern of driving takes at least three days of usage
Weekly regular pattern of driving such as a different destination on different days would take 2-3 weeks of regular usage"
I like your idea.
My next GPS will have the very latest feature, known as, "Clairvoyant Mode."
With "Clairvoyant Mode" enabled, there is No need to program any destination, simply think about your destination and "Clairvoyant Mode" will read your mind and automatically determine the most expeditious, fuel efficient route to your desired destination.
When "Clairvoyant Mode" is successfully coupled with the newly released optional, "Drive Mode" module, even if you think you know where you want to go, "Drive Mode", working in complete harmony and synergy with "Clairvoyant Mode", will automatically route you to a destination where you should be going instead of where you might think you want to go.
As an example of how "Clairvoyant Mode" and "Drive Mode" might successfully interact seamlessly together, consider the following scenario.
It's early Friday evening and you've just completed a very difficult week at your place of employment.
You enter your vehicle, sit down, start thinking, "Boy, after such a rough week at work, I could certainly enjoy a drink!" Of course, "Clairvoyant Mode" detects your thoughts and skillfully routes you to your favorite, after hours watering hole, bypassing various Red Light, Speed Cameras, police checkpoints and traffic.
After wasting many hours of time, consuming copious quarantines of alcoholic beverages and expending vast quantities of financial resource quenching your thirst and drowning your sorrows, you stagger out of the facility, fumble with your keys to open the door and finally enter your vehicle.
Now, your thoughts now are somewhat (and rightfully so) less than coherent, muddled and no longer completely rational.
"Clairvoyant Mode", selects a nearby yet appropriate location where you can successfully rent a room rather than being returned to your domicile where you would be berated by your significant other for once again arriving home, late and in a drunken stupor.
"Clairvoyant Mode", communicates it's selection of the destination with the "Drive Mode" module and "Drive Mode" soberly shuttles you to the destination selected by the "Clairvoyant Mode" again, bypassing numerous checkpoint locations. You check into the establishment and fall into your room for the evening where you sleep off your stupor.
The next morning, you awaken, a bit disoriented as your not sure how you arrived at the location where you spent the night while room continually spins around in your head.
After taking a shower, consuming some coffee, fondeling a bear claw and groping a dainish you enter your vehicle, this time with your thoughts more orderly yet not completely well thought out.
"Clairvoyant Mode" detects your desire to return home and works with "Drive Mode" to safely deliver you to your place of residence.
Of course, neither "Clairvoyant Mode" nor "Drive Mode" are capable of thwarting the impending mental beating you are about to receive from your significant other after they express their gratitude for your safe return!
"Clairvoyant Mode" and "Drive Mode" aren't miracle workers! However a new module, "Social Worker" will soon be released and it's functionality will be integrated with "Clairvoyant Mode" and "Drive Mode".
The operational characteristics and parameters of "Social Worker" are still being architected, designed, developed, implemented and tested and that information will be released when available.
Use Basecamp and create a series of waypoints, to force the GPS to route where you want. You can test it within Basecamp, and it should be pretty close.
Fine tune the points, with EPE if necessary.
I do this for any long trip.
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