Planned route on Google maps and import to Navigator for navigation
  • Hello folks,

    I plan to go on a road trip next month. I would like to use a certain route. I have mapped that route on Google maps but I can not use it for navigation. I would like to import that route in Navigator and use it for navigation.

    I searched a bit and found that I could use gpx file. So I converted kml from Google maps to gpx using some website and copied it to the navigator folder but it is not recognized by Navigator.

    I tried making route on the Mapfactor PC app but I need to play around with the app to understand how to exactly use it to plan a route.

    My questions are
    - Any idea what could be wrong with my gpx file that Navigator can not recognize my file.
    - Is there any other way (skipping MapFactor PC application) to make a file directly from google maps

    Thanks in advance.
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  • Hello,

    if I plan a route with Google maps I copy the link of that route and paste it on a site that converts "maps to gpx". I get then a track of my route as gpx 1.0. I then send this gpx  as attachment to my e-mail adress and import it to Mapfactor or use Digger QT and get a a mca-file. I prefer the second way because I can choose a custom colour and thickness of my track-line. To get a WP-list of my route I open the gpx with Garmin MS and filter the track points down to a max. of 50 points and safe it as gpx-file. This file I open then with "Route Converter" and convert the track with 50 points to a WP-list and safe it as gpx 1.0-file again. I then import it to Mapfactor and let Mapfactor calculate the route. I keep the track of my route because I doubt that Mapfactor route engine will always calculate the same route with a set of given WPs then Google engine and for that reason I always hold on too the track-line of my planned route so I'm able to compare it. 

    Regards
  • What a mess! Plan your route in MFN android by simply tapping on the card and thus creating waypoints. Then go to route info/waypoints and sort them how needed. Often the optimize button helps.
  • "My questions are
    - Any idea what could be wrong with my gpx file that Navigator can not recognize my file.
    - Is there any other way (skipping MapFactor PC application) to make a file directly from google maps"
    Sometimes it helps reading the question. I normally don't plan a route at all but that wasn't the question here from @NewNav. Surely it is way easier to plan the route with MFN.
    Regards
  • Try gpsbabel for convert jobs, it's free and contains presets for nearly all navs, MFN included. You can choose exporting to waypoints, tracks or routes.

    I still don't understand why You don't choose such a workflow instead of using the direct way by using the soft You will navigate with right away from start. So seen, I really don't understand Your question.

    Hope the gpsbabel hint helps!

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