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Old 02-02-12, 07:29 PM   #1
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ANdriod app for directions

I have had good luck with several apps for tracking a ride, but I am trying to find one that I can lay a route out online, then use my phone to help me follow it kind of like my auto gps does . Mapmyride is great for making a map, and google maps can also be used I just can't find a good app to load that map into that leads me. So anyone have any sugestions.
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I don't know about android, but AAA makes an iphone app that gives verbal directions.

I would never try to use such a thing on a long tour, myself, because it would just tie you to a battery-hogging device, but it does seem a lot of people like the gps stuff.

Don't forget if it's phone-based, it won't work if there's no service.
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AllsportGPS works if you're willing to spend 10 bucks on it.

OsmAnd is a free program, though there's a steep learning curve.

You can also use My Maps (a Google Maps feature) to create your route on the PC, and then use My Maps on your phone within the Maps app to view and navigate through that route.

The biggest problem you're going to run into is if you lose service at any point during your trip. While the navigation features will still work, the maps will no longer be visible. OsmAnd gets around this problem by pre-caching the maps, neither of the other two can do that.
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App, how about a Map?. paper..,no 60+ hour/week labor
or metal solvents, to make them.
guess I'm just old
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Oh I have a map(s), but I have to do some urban riding in a few places to get to friends homes in cities I do not know. They requires a lot of twist and turns so thought a GPS track would be good for that part.
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In my travels in Europe, there is a visitor center with a free map of the town.
the Chamber of commerce on the main drag, here, has them too, free..
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The app BikeRoute is really simple (needs more development) but basically will let you input a start address (frustratingly, won't use GPS to find current location) and an end address, create an unadjustable route, and then use voice output to give you turn by turn directions. It is the only turn by turn app I know of that takes into account bike routes.

The app MapDroyd will download the vector openstreetmaps data for offline use. It doesn't do directions, but downloading the data for the areas you're going to could be a good idea for areas out of service.

You can email yourself routes from google routes and use car navigation if you aren't using any bicycling-specific infrastructure. If you are, you can just keep the route open in google maps and just check it every now and again.
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