I now own a Nuvi 660
My objective is for the Nuvi 660 to alert me when I approach known speed trap zones (Locations police cars park out of site) in addition I would like it alert me when I have cleared the speed trap zone.
I would also like the option to enable and disable the alerts.
I encounter about 15 speed trap zones on my normal daily dive. Examples of the zones would be lets say line of site at on over pass, or it may be a stretch of 3mile.
Issues that I can see that may or may not be a problem would be direction of travel on the x-way. Example if I’m heading north and have entered a zone the alert would indicate entering a zone, however if I travel south on the same route at the same point it should indicate exiting the speed zone.
The research I have done so far seems to point to a tour guide as the best solution.
I should be noted I don’t have a copy of Map Source. (I have sent an e-mail to Garmin requesting a copy. I do have Microsoft streets & Trips 2006 if that’s of any help.
If anyone has, an elegant solution to help me achieve my objective if would be appreciated.
Well, a TourGuide would likely work for most of what you want to do but is probably more work than you need to do for the results you are seeking. Since you aren't seeking to associate a picture or long audio file with the location, a simple proximity alert will accomplish most of what you want.
Plus a TourGuide won't do EXACTLY what you want. I don't think it's possible currently to do exactly what you want. Garmin's alerts don't know the difference between the "entrance" and the "exit".
However, you definitely will need MapSource to create a TourGuide. S&T won't do it.
You should be able to achieve most of what you want by setting up simple proximity alerts. Unfortunately, Garmin's alerts are not directional, so they will alert the same in both directions. There's no way around this that I'm aware of. At least not currently.
Enabling and disabling the alerts is doable, but there isn't a one-touch solution. You will have to go through the settings menu each time.
But setting up the locations should be simple. Just get the lat/long for each point you want and create a POI file with the information. Then load it with POI Loader with the rest of your POIs and set the alert distance you want using Manual Mode.
If you're looking for general info on speed trap locations by state try: http://www.speedtrap.org/
This site gives fairly accurate speed trap locations with some including lat & long to make setting up POIs' a snap. Jake
Is to not speed.
My drive to work is about 100 miles one-way (zip codes 48616 to 48090) (drive time is from 1.5 hours to 3hours depending on traffic load) I drive with traffic that’s usually 10 to 15mph over. I have a Uniden GPSRD Radar Detector, its limited to just alerting to locations that I can set only when I am at that location. I think it alerts around 1/3 of a mile before the location. The problem is that in some parts of the drive it alerts almost non-stop. There are spots on I-75 where the state police line up like 10 cars and stop 10 cars at the same time. There are about three locations that I am concerned about. On a positive note, I-75 has a green belt in theses location, so there is enough distance for the 5-year-old GPS radar detector distinguishes the difference from north to south. Should I look at buying a different GPS unit or will they all have the same issue? The primary motivation for purchasing the GPS unit is to get me to my destination sooner when I-75 is shut down due to an accident or when its stop/go (less then 10mph) on holidays. The speed trap feature is a bonus feature. With that said should I perhaps look at purchasing a different GPS unit, or is there a third party software package that would simplify the speed trap objective?
All the Garmin units will work the same way. There isn't any third party software that will accomplish what you are looking for that I'm aware of.
However, since you will be creating the locations, YOU control where and how close together the points will be. If you have stretches where you feel that the locations will be too close together, simply leave some out.
On the interstate, if you place the points toward the outside edge of the roadway, it's possible (if the median is wide enough) that the locations will only alert in one direction. You may have to play around with it a little.
With POI Loader, you can set the alerts anywhere from 0 feet to 37 miles. It's up to you.
I have a Uniden GPSRD Radar Detector, its limited to just alerting to locations that I can set only when I am at that location. I think it alerts around 1/3 of a mile before the location... There are about three locations that I am concerned about.
I'm not familiar with your radar detector, but if it is capable of storing multiple locations and you know where the speed traps are, then safely pull over at each one of them to program your Uniden to alert you. No need to mess with your GPS unit.
The primary motivation for purchasing the GPS unit is to get me to my destination sooner when I-75 is shut down due to an accident or when its stop/go (less then 10mph) on holidays. The speed trap feature is a bonus feature.
I also own a Nuvi 660 and mine didn't come with a speed trap feature. If you truly feel the need to have your GPS serve this purpose, then creating your own custom speed trap POIs and loading them into your unit with appropriate proximity alert is your best route (no pun intended).
With that said should I perhaps look at purchasing a different GPS unit, or is there a third party software package that would simplify the speed trap objective?
No...and no. Bear in mind that that the primary purpose of any GPS unit/software is to guide you to your intended destination relative from your current position. Speeding (and the risk of getting a ticket or worse) falls beyond the realm of what the GPS units were initially designed to do. Best regards and safe driving.
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