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black prince 08-24-2005 07:16 PM

Using GPS and Yahoo maps to get directions

I want to start this topic because I will be driving more and gas is $2.69 (reg)
a gallon. With a setup that provides me with audio directions (turn-by-turn)
would save time and money. Has anyone put together a setup using a
laptop with software to provide such capabilities. Please share.



kwag 08-24-2005 08:18 PM

Hi BP,

There are several options.
You can but "Streets and Trips" (Microsoft) , together with a GPS receiver, and use it in a notebook in your car.
Or you can buy a portable GPS receiver (Magellan), and carry it in your car. There's a model with speech synthesis that will talk to you as you're driving, and guide you to your final destination.
Or buy one of the new cars with included GPS system :mrgreen:

That last option is very cool :)
A friend of mine bought his wife a new SUV, and it has just that :)
It even "beeps" just prior to left/right turns you have to make, and guides you with voice all the way to your target.

I think the best option is to buy the magellan, because it's portable, it includes maps, and there's a voice model.


black prince 08-26-2005 07:05 AM


Thanks, I like Magellan, but $1,000 bucks is a little expensive and a whole
lot cheaper than a new SUV equipted with a similiar device. :)


Dialhot 08-26-2005 07:34 AM

In Europe at least there are extention to PDA (palm, pocket PC) including a GSM antenna and the TomTom software. That is cheap, if you already have the palm of course.

kwag 08-26-2005 07:39 AM

I forgot about the PALM option, Phil :oops:

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