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- Tip of the Day: Google Map’s Live View for walking directions
- Beginner’s Lesson: How to navigate using Google Maps
- App of the Day: — CoPilotGPS – offline navigation for RVs
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Quick Tip: Google Maps walking directions with “Live View”
If you open Google Maps, select a destination and tap Walking as your transportation mode, you should now see an option called Live View. What it does is views your realtime surroundings and places augmented reality arrows on top of the scene in front of you so you are clear which way to turn.
If you’ve ever tried using walking directions in an unfamiliar place, you know that it can be confusing exactly what direction to go. Now there’s a feature, using augmented reality, to see your surroundings and place arrows right in front of your face making it very clear which way to turn.
Here’s the video 590.GM-Walking directions AR
Hello from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We just got home after 3 months on the road that we called our “Back to School Tour” We traveled in our little Roadtrek motorhome and drove over 5,000 miles, presented 17 seminars in 11 venues. THANK YOU to everyone who hosted us or met up with us and shared some time together.
Beginner’s Lesson: How to Navigate using Google Maps
We depend on Google Maps as we travel. This is a beginner’s lesson. We’ve done this before – see Episode 87 and Episode 74. You could still learn lots from those episodes, but the app has changed quite a bit in the last few years, so we thought it was time to revisit the basics of navigating using Google Maps.
Google Maps can do many things. What this lesson is about it turn by turn, voice directed navigation. Navigation requires a mobile device with GPS capabilities. We like using our iPad mini for our navigation device. Note that it must be a cellular-capable model, not the Wi-Fi only model. It doesn’t need its own data service, it just must be that model.
You do need an Internet connection to use Google Maps. It gets the map data from the cloud. It gets your position from the GPS receiver – no cloud needed there. So, if you establish a destination and a route while you’re in a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can now get on the road and navigate to that destination without a connection. You won’t be able to deviate from that route however.
If you know you’ll be without Internet, you can download sections of the map. Here’s a video: 481.GM-Offline Maps
Navigating basics: 589.GM-Start Navigating
Step 1: find your destination. You can search for an address or a place name, you can tap a location on the map.
Step 2: tap Directions and make
check that the correct travel mode (car, walk, bus, bicycle) is selected.
check that the starting location is set to “your location”
check the selected route and see if it’s ok, otherwise select an alternate
Step 3: tap Start
You should now be hearing her talk and tell you exactly where to turn. If she is simply telling you to “turn right” without telling you the street name, you should check your settings, navigation, voice selection. Only the first, default, voice speaks street names.
Search along route. See video 587.GM-search along route Google Maps has information about everything, if you’re traveling you only care about finding places near your route. You can do that with Google Maps IF you are navigating a route. Then tap the magnifying glass and search for what you want, it will only find items that are near your route. If you search for gas stations, it will include the current price.
Map North Up. See video: 586.GM-Navigation views Sometimes you want to see the big picture, sometimes you want just the next turn. Make sure the setting, navigation, map view has the NOrth Up view UNchecked. Then, when you’re navigating, the view will be closely following you. When you want to see the big picture, tap the route button in the bottom right – wavy arrows. It will zoom out and put north at the top. When you want to return to closely following you, tap ReCenter.
What does this button do?
Chris goes thru each of these buttons on both her Android and iPad.
Report Road issue – this button is like the Waze app where crowd-sourced information keeps us apprised of road hazards. This feature is now on Google Maps.
Settings – directions gives you all your turns. It’s useful to look at the final destination using this setting.
iOS has one other button, the red and white compass needle. One tap sets north at top, tap again and its back.
Settings: if your voice directions do not include street names, you may have a different voice selected. When you choose a specialty voice, like UK English, or Cookie Monster, it does not speak street names. Settings, Navigation, Voice selection – choose the default with speaks street names.
This setting apparently is only available on Android.
Customizing your directions. Sometimes you want to go a different way than Google Maps offers. To force it to go that way, you need to add a stop along your route. See this video: 487.GM-Forcing Directions
To add a stop after getting directions, tap the 3-dot menu at top right of the app and select add stop, then search for what you want and tap the place in the search results. Now drag the stop into the correct order.
Demonstrating on Android. Settings – Edit Home or Work. This is where you enter your home address or work address so you can later just say “Take me home”
Route options: Avoid Ferries, Tolls, Highways.
Use Help! It’s on the Settings menu at the bottom. You learn lots more by browsing thru help.
Low Clearances – Google Maps knows nothing about low clearance obstacles. You can import a database of low clearance locations and see it on your Google Map, but your directions will not avoid them. Here’s a video of importing a database of POIs (points of interest). 380.GM-Import a POI Data Set to My Maps
This is an app for either Android or iOS. All maps reside on the device, and there is an RV version which understands low clearance issues and routes you accordingly. Here’s their website: CopilotGPS.com