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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
    Yes, and even if we used more accurate GPS systems it would in my humble opinion not help us in any way in our cars and trucks. I'm not the greatest at math, but let's try to look at it this way. If we travel at a moderate speed of 60 km/h (~40 miles per hour) in one second we will pass approximately 17 meters (~51 feet). GPS receivers refresh our GPS position once every second.

    I'm guessing that most GPS receivers give us about 10 meter (30 feet) accuracy. How could it possibly benefit a driver to have a GPS receiver with accuracy better than that if just in one second we pass distance much greater than that?
    Makes sense to me. You just need to be in the ballpark, not down to the foot.
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    I think it should be noted in the software list that MapPoint and Streets and Trips are identical, MapPoint just has a few more features

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Can I play tron using gps?

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    Another GPS Software/Hardware Package

    Another really great GPS solution is the Garmin GPS 18 and City Select USA(has Canada maps too)

    Not to sound like a spammer but you can purchase the receiver, software and maps for north america(USA and Canada) in one package that only costs $114US(or $150CAN) from GPSCITY:
    Canadian Buyers: Garmin GPS 18 USB
    US Buyers: Garmin GPS 18 USB

    Here are some of the Specs:

    • Choose between USB or Serial Interface(links above are for USB version)
    • Includes maps for USA & Canada(maps for europe also available)
    • extremely small receiver with magnetic base
    • mapping software has daytime and nighttime skins which automatically toggles between the two
    • Has 5 million points of interest(for North America)
    • Map and POI updates available yearly
    • Very low resource footprint
    • Voice prompting for turn by turn directions


    Shipping is cheap($5CAN with canada post) and FAST. I ordered mine
    mine from gpscity.ca and it arrived 2 days later.

    Creating a front end was not too difficult either and i now use that for the GPS system in my car. Its kept inbetween the glove box and dashboard and I still get good reception in most areas.

    The software performs very well and uses VERY little memory. Also, I noticed that some people had problems planning coast to coast trips with software like Destinator. Just for fun, I planned a trip from Victoria, BC Canada which is on an Island, to Los Angelos, California. It took a short while to calculate it(understandable) but the program came up with a feasible solution which even showed me which ferry to take.

    Oh and lastly, the voice prompts, as nice as they already are, can be customised. They are simply wave files so they can be replaced with any voice or sound you like and don't suffer as much from the "Steven Hawking effect" (no offence intended to Dr.Hawking). Anybody out there with a sexy woman's voice

    Some screenshots are available on my project thread and eventually i'll post a video showing the GPS in action:
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    I've never heard of City Select! Does it only come with the Garmin? I did a quick Google and it appears to only come as a bundle.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
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    The Garmin unit I ordered came with :
    1) MapSource CitySelect North America
    - Provides maps, POI
    2)nRoute
    -used for viewing the maps, creating routes, searching for POI, waypoints, etc
    3)The GPS receiver

    I "believe" you can download nroute for free but you need to purchase the maps from garmin. I'm not sure if the download link on their site is an update or the full version. Regardless, you may be able to use it with non-garmin hardware, but im not sure.

    Even if you decided to use non-garmin hardware, it may not be to your benefit because City Select North America is about the same price as the Garmin GPS 18 deluxe(which includes city select north america and nroute AND the receiver)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cocoman
    ...you may be able to use it with non-Garmin hardware, but Iím not sure.
    I'm not 100% sure either, but my guess would be that no, you cannot use nRoute with a non-Garmin GPS receiver. That software will likely be not compatible with a "regular" GPS unit that outputs the standard NMEA sentences. But don't quote me on that, because I have never tried the above mentioned software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte

    Microsoft Streets and Trips


    Cons - NOT TS friendly, small text, no turn by turn voice guided directions, no 3d view, trouble integrating it into CF, no OSK. Requires you to manually start the GPS tracking each time the program is launched. No way to change bright map colors, making it wash out in sun.

    I agree with all of the above, so there is no need to edit it ;-) I just have a couple of additional pieces of information to consider.

    1. Since the release of the 2005 version, which introduced improved GPS functionality, the most requested feature appears to be the turn by turn voice prompts, so chances are good Microsoft has listened to the masses and the upcoming 2006 version may bring us a pleasant surprise.

    2. S&T 05 does not have night color theme, but there are a couple of less known ways to help this a bit. View one picture >>here<<

    3. Perhaps S&T could be made more touch screen friendly and more usable to carputer community by modifications by ResHacker. Dumpper, a member of gpspassion.com has discovered how. In the past I opened the EXE file and there was almost nothing that I could do, but Dumpper today found we have to ignore the EXE and we have to go somewhere else... Read more >>here<<

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    Great stuff guys. I've been searching in this forum for preferred online dealers of GPS units. Anyone have an online dealer that they have had a good experience with? This might be good information to add to this guide.

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