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GPS & MAP OVERLAYS. Never get lost again! Presented by Bob Cook, DOAI. REAL TIME NAVIGATION. Your exact location in real time – great for emergencies or road service Turn-by-turn visual and audio prompts Find POI (Points of Interest) easily Multiple options for route and road avoidance

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GPS & MAP OVERLAYS

Never get lost again!

Presented by Bob Cook, DOAI


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REAL TIME NAVIGATION

  • Your exact location in real time – great for emergencies or road service

  • Turn-by-turn visual and audio prompts

  • Find POI (Points of Interest) easily

  • Multiple options for route and road avoidance

  • Automatic reroute if you get off route


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THREE GPS ALTERNATIVES

  • Portable, self-contained GPS

  • Laptop based, GPS software, external GPS receiver

  • Smartphone (iPhone, Blackberry, etc)


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SELF-CONTAINED GPS

(Mio, Garmin, TomTom, etc)

Prices have fallen drastically

Don’t overpay for features / screen size

Some states do not allow windshield mount

Consider update availability/cost

Consider POI database

Prices range from $70 - $800


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GPS BUYING GUIDE

- Basic models may be all you need

- Extra features on higher-cost models

* Text to Speech

* Real time Traffic Monitoring / reroute

* FM transmitter

* Bluetooth

* Larger screen

* Video / Photo / MP3 / eBook reader

* Fuel Prices, Movies and times, etc

* Speech recognition / control


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  • Check screen brightness

  • Check sound volume

  • Availability and cost of map updates

  • Maps for Canada and Mexico if you need it

  • Availability of Topo maps if you need it

  • Battery life

  • Memory card slot for viewing videos or playing MP3’s

  • Consider shirt pocket size – portable, easily hidden, multi-use


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MIND YOUR POI’s

Having an extensive list of POI’s that suit your needs is one of the best features of a GPS. This may be most impt consideration

Make sure that the unit you are considering has the POI’s that interest you

Many GPS units skimp on the POI’s, so check before you buy

Number of POI’s range from approx 1.5MM – 25MM……quite a spread!


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SELF CONTAINED GPS

ADVANTAGES

Small and easily carried, no computer!

Costs far less than “factory” GPS option

Quick boot-up

May have more POI than laptop software

DISADVANTAGES

Difficult for trip planning

Hard to import and view map overlays


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2. LAPTOP BASED GPS

  • Several software programs to choose from (Delorme, CoPilot, MS, etc)

  • Use any NMEA-2 compliant GPS receiver

  • Complete packages under $100

    (best $100 you will ever spend)


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DELORME STREET ATLAS

  • Plus version includes phone book

  • Pros:

    - Map overlays

    - Multiple routes

    - Easy to export POI data

  • Cons

    - Routing algorithm not the best

    - POI “drift”

    - Poor maps for CN and MX


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MS STREETS & TRIPS

  • MS STREETS & TRIPS 2010

    PROS:

    - Better maps for CN and MX

    - 2010 version has POI overlays

    - Good routing algorithm

    CONS:

    - POI listing is not alpha (latest first)

    - No easy way to extract POI data

    - Map data created with new versions may not work with older versions

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COPILOT / COPILOT TRUCK

  • PROS

    - Shows which side of street for destination

    - RV Option in basic version (height, propane restrictions, sharp turn avoidance)

  • CONS

    - Expensive

    - Poor POI management/display

    Route optimization


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SMARTPHONE

  • PROS:

    - One device to carry

    - Easy POI, can find anything

  • CONS:

    - GPS accuracy varies on phone model

    - Models with online map database must have cell signal (internal database better

    - Full functionality requires data plan)

    - Small screen

    - No real trip planning

    - No topo maps


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GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS

Good idea to review trip routing

Most will not take you the wrong way on a one-way road, but you must pay attention

Most can give lat/long for emergency service

Most are not suitable for hiking or off-road


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MAP OVERLAY FILES

Specialized map overlay files available on DOAI website (www.discoveryowners.com/cginfo.htm)

Member campgrounds, fuel, WalMart, special interest items…most of which are at exact location AND have Google Earth overlay

Suitable for use on most map programs (Delorme, MS, CoPilot, etc) AND for import to most handheld GPS units.


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IMPORT POI INTO YOUR GPS

Most handheld GPS devices can import POI data, but it must be in a special format (csv, waypoint, XML, etc)

Instructions to convert:

1. Download the desired TEXT POI file

2. Import into Excel and save as .csv

3. Use GPSBabel to convert csv file to desired format (Waypoint, XML, etc)

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THE REMAINING TIME WILL BE SPENT DEMONSTRATING USE OF THE OVERLAY FILES IN MS AND DELORME AND ANSWERING QUESTIONS

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