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OT: Which Tom-Tom for pedestrians/bicycle riders?
Posted Feb 26, 2009 11:33 UTC (Thu) by giggls (subscriber, #48434)
1. Go for a Linux based device and Navit (http://navit.sf.net)
2. Any Garmin device, as their proprietary Map Format (.img) has been reverse engineered.
Posted Feb 26, 2009 14:58 UTC (Thu) by gerv (subscriber, #3376)
It would be great if someone could look into this.
Posted Feb 26, 2009 11:36 UTC (Thu) by shane (subscriber, #3335)
Googling for "tom-tom bicycle" turned up this as the first link:
Posted Feb 26, 2009 14:14 UTC (Thu) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
For pedestrians software solutions on a handheld GPS or smartphone are probably more sensible than anything related to TomTom's technology. I don't know about cycling because I haven't done it in anger for years. If you like to support Free/Open things then look at OpenStreetmap.org and see what's available in the way of route-planning for the OSM platform.
TomTom is keyed around a motorist's needs. e.g. TomTom offers hundreds of meters of warning for a turn, an unnecessarily long warning for a pedestrian but just about right for a car or motorcycle; and it can re-plan a route very quickly after you miss a turn. But a pedestrian who misses a turn simply turns around and fixes their error, only motor vehicles on roads where U-turns are forbidden need this feature.
Also (and this a big win for OSM) most commercial devices including TomTom don't care about routes which aren't open to motor vehicles. So if you ride a horse, walk or even in some cases cycle, the TomTom dataset is missing your fastest and best options a lot of the time. A lot of OSM is compiled by hikers and cyclists so it has many of those routes even in built-up areas where they're not well reflected in official maps.
Posted Feb 26, 2009 17:57 UTC (Thu) by hppnq (guest, #14462)
Of course, it led me and my girlfriend straight into the Red Light district (the restaurant was called "Kamasutra", which we thought was funny), but technically it was a very good experience.
Posted Feb 26, 2009 14:14 UTC (Thu) by klaasjan (guest, #5492)
Posted Feb 26, 2009 20:31 UTC (Thu) by BrucePerens (guest, #2510)
Posted Feb 27, 2009 4:44 UTC (Fri) by Burgundavia (guest, #25172)
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