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    iPhone app that acts as a sat nav?

    I'm looking for an app that I can import a .gpx route into, and navigate it like a sat nav would.

    Anyone know what the best app for this is?

    Thanks guys

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    Moved from Commuting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
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    Cheers hopefully I'll get some some answers here!

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    havent checked the Apple Ap store yet , have you ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    havent checked the Apple Ap store yet , have you ?
    I can't find any that I can import a gpx file to

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    GPS I've heard of, not GPX..

    The GPS sattelite stuff has Supplemented NOAA paper Navigation charts,
    to where you now have to download and print your own..

    when you see no Shore Knowing where you are is important , there you need backups.
    and old chool navigation skills are lifesavers when the tech goes down ..

    on a bicycle You just stop and ask someone ..

    amazed how fast electronics widget sales replaced map reading skills ..
    glad you all have gained so much freely disposable income .
    Last edited by fietsbob; 03-24-14 at 08:30 AM.

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    You can import routes into cyclemeter, which incidentally just went down from $5 to free. Haven't tried the feature myself but I think it's possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    GPS I've heard of, not GPX...
    FYI: GPX is a file format (and an extension) used for saving and transferring tracks or routes. You plan a ride on a website or using mapping software and then can share that route with others or download it to many GPS navigation devices (including smart phones) to navigate it in real time.
    Ride more. Fret less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    GPS I've heard of, not GPX..

    The GPS sattelite stuff has Supplemented NOAA paper Navigation charts,
    to where you now have to download and print your own..

    when you see no Shore Knowing where you are is important , there you need backups.
    and old chool navigation skills are lifesavers when the tech goes down ..

    on a bicycle You just stop and ask someone ..
    Usless post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JacobKinsella View Post
    I'm looking for an app that I can import a .gpx route into, and navigate it like a sat nav would.

    Anyone know what the best app for this is?

    Thanks guys
    I suppose you mean something that will give you "turn by turn" directions from a loaded gpx route. (The Garmin Edge 800/810 do this.)

    I'm not sure if there are any for iOS.

    There are a lot of apps that let you upload gpx routes and use those routes for basic navigation (following the route drawn on the map).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hubcyclist View Post
    You can import routes into cyclemeter, which incidentally just went down from $5 to free. Haven't tried the feature myself but I think it's possible
    It doesn't appear that you can use the route for "turn by turn" navigation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
    It doesn't appear that you can use the route for "turn by turn" navigation.
    Oh, that's too bad. i thought and was hoping I could take mapmyride files for rides others have done and load them into cyclemeter

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    Quote Originally Posted by hubcyclist View Post
    Oh, that's too bad. i thought and was hoping I could take mapmyride files for rides others have done and load them into cyclemeter
    Cyclemeter is (appears to be) more of a cycle computer replacement (training tool). It does show a route on a map and your position relative to it. But there are lots of apps that do that. It's possible that the "elite" version ($5/year) does more but it doesn't seem to.

    The story for Android is a bit better. There's a "cuesheet" app and there's a new app from ridewithgps (supposedly, ridewithgps has an iOS app in the works). Ridewithgps requires a subscription for navigation (you get other stuff too) for $6/month//$50 year.

    Mapmyride has an app (not sure if it does turn-by-turn).

    (There are a few apps that suggest they will provide turn-by-turn directions but either don't really or if they do, don't work very well.)
    Last edited by njkayaker; 03-24-14 at 09:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
    I suppose you mean something that will give you "turn by turn" directions from a loaded gpx route. (The Garmin Edge 800/810 do this.)

    I'm not sure if there are any for iOS.

    There are a lot of apps that let you upload gpx routes and use those routes for basic navigation (following the route drawn on the map).
    That's exactly what I'm looking for!

    Still not had any luck finding an app though

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    saw a planetarium App on a friends phone , you can use celestial navigation then,
    with those artificial constellations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
    I suppose you mean something that will give you "turn by turn" directions from a loaded gpx route. (The Garmin Edge 800/810 do this.)

    I'm not sure if there are any for iOS.

    There are a lot of apps that let you upload gpx routes and use those routes for basic navigation (following the route drawn on the map).
    I know that MapMyRide will build "route notes" that can then be used in tandem with any device that has GPS capabilities. I've got a Garmin, so I've never used any of their apps, but from reviewing the site, it appears that the iOS version should do the trick. You can also seamlessly upload your rides to MMR for tracking. I'm not sure if any of this is lumped into their premium feature category.

    Strava also recently rolled out a route builder that functions similarly to MMR. I know they have an iPhone app, but I'm not sure how many of the new features have been rolled over to it. Originally, Route Builder was available only to Strava Premium users. Not sure if they've changed that or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    saw a planetarium App on a friends phone , you can use celestial navigation then,
    with those artificial constellations.
    This is a great example of someone who's just looking to make a ton of friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JacobKinsella View Post
    That's exactly what I'm looking for!

    Still not had any luck finding an app though
    You mean you are looking for the first thing (turn by turn).

    If so, there aren't many options for that (especially, on iOS). Mapmyride might do something close (if not exactly that).

    App developers mostly seem to consider navigation for cars (rather than supporting navigating loop routes).
    Last edited by njkayaker; 03-24-14 at 07:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cafzali View Post
    I know that MapMyRide will build "route notes" that can then be used in tandem with any device that has GPS capabilities. I've got a Garmin, so I've never used any of their apps, but from reviewing the site, it appears that the iOS version should do the trick. You can also seamlessly upload your rides to MMR for tracking. I'm not sure if any of this is lumped into their premium feature category.

    Strava also recently rolled out a route builder that functions similarly to MMR. I know they have an iPhone app, but I'm not sure how many of the new features have been rolled over to it. Originally, Route Builder was available only to Strava Premium users. Not sure if they've changed that or not.
    Recording and uploading tracks is easy! There are many options for that.

    I noticed the Stava "route builder" thing. I'll have to keep an eye on it to check it out (if it gets out of being a "premium" feature).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    saw a planetarium App on a friends phone , you can use celestial navigation then,
    with those artificial constellations.
    One could also just ignore people who have no idea how to answer the question being asked (with a much more useful result).

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    There are sim pretty cool iPod apps that track your riding I like the map my ride app myself

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    Cyclemeter
    The import feature is a bit cumbersome, but it will work.
    and these two wheels will take us anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
    Usless post.
    That seems to be our friend's specialty.
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChargerDawg View Post
    Cyclemeter
    The import feature is a bit cumbersome, but it will work.
    ^^this. I've done it.

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