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Vehicle GPS
      #344844 - 07/09/20 03:31 PM

I am interested in getting a new GPS for my vehicles. No such thing as an onboard GPS in my "vintage" vehicles.

I used to have a Tom Tom device which was good but expensive to subscribe to. It melted on the NT trip with JB I think it was and stopped working. Had a year or two subs paid up!!!

Like most people went to a smart phone as a navigation device.

I am looking for something to tell me road speeds!!! I need it urgently after several fines and loss of demerit points. Will have several months of tender hooks of not speeding, and then three years of a slightly better position before getting back to normal. So want to be able to regularly double check the speed limit when driving. There are so many speed traps these days when one can speed without realising it.

A step up, looked at the MEMA gps's. Expensive. But possibly useful for real off road driving. Can download maps for "off road tracks", and also I believe topographical maps which might be useful for outback hunting trips when driving. These records if savable might be very useful over the years.

Anyone using HEMA or anything similar?

Good app for a smartphone for GPS and driving including road speeds?

Thanks.

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Re: Vehicle GPS [Re: NitroX]
      #344845 - 07/09/20 03:33 PM

https://www.hemamaps.com/navigate/hx-1

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EDELWEISS
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Re: Vehicle GPS [Re: NitroX]
      #344860 - 07/09/20 11:19 PM

If youre looking to avoid speeding tickets, then I would suggest a Radar Detector. I havent seen any export limitations on them. Im a big fan of the ESCORT brand. If youre worried about it being seen or heat when youre not in the vehicle, they have a quick disconnect so it can at least be stored out of direct sunlight. Another alternative is one that is mounted behind the vehicle grill. The grill mounted versions have a much larger antenna, so they give better coverage.

WAZE is a free downloadable app for your phone that users contribute to for real time traffic conditions, and police locations. ESCORT also has a user real time system but there is a small fee.

Sadly portable GPS is becoming a dinosaur.


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Re: Vehicle GPS [Re: EDELWEISS]
      #344864 - 08/09/20 12:37 AM

I have been using the Garmin NUVI Road series for on road trips for 10 years now. All have built in speed readings. The current model I use lets me select Speed as the featured display. That screen also give you other speed data-average speed, fastest speed. That will scare you-"when did I go that fast?"

No map just number I prefer the dash/window mounts as I can mount the unit at the edge of my line of sight, and don't take my eyes off the road as in a in-the-dash mount

I used it in South Africa and UK as well as the US. I did have to buy micro SD's with maps for those places out side the US. I imagine the have dedicated AU units.

No subscriptions with mine since updates were included in the package price. Otherwise you do have to pay for upgrades. In the package deals when you update, your trip data-unidentified is uploaded and used by Garmin to update their map data base.

We had a new overpass and connecting street built in our small town that did not appear in the in-unit map. It appeared I was driving off road. I updated my maps and my data was up loaded. A few weeks later when I updated the wife's unit, that overpass and new street showed up in her unit. I also noticed on her unit a long driveway to friends farm, I drove up that had been "off-road" previously, now showed up as an extension of the road.

I reupdated my GPS and it also added the new street and over pass as well as my friends long driveway.

My current model allows me to select information fields to show on screen. I have current time. Miles to destination, Travel time to destination and ETA. Very helpful on long trips like the three day drive form Oklahoma to Montana for planning stops.

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