Open Street Maps on Zumo XT

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Open Street Maps on Zumo XT

Post by seamanstaynes »

Hello
I am looking to upgrade from my Tomtom Rider 410 to a Garmin Zumo XT or a TomTom Rider 550 with world .maps. From what I've read, the Zumo XT is an excellent device but would value feedback from anyone who has done the same. Any regrets from switching systems? Another question is can I use alternative maps such as Open Street Maps on the Zumo. I am looking to travel to Turkey, Iran and the Caucasus in the near future. The ability to do this would be a deciding factor.
Any advice would be gratefully received. Thanks!
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Re: Open Street Maps on Zumo XT

Post by jfheath »

No regrets - not now, but I had very mixed feelings when I first bought it.

As always - it is a steep learning curve, but once you get to know its foibles, it does exactly what you want.

OSM maps - Ive installed those, but they do not have any speed limit info, so calculating time of arrival is always very wrong.

But the website for creating OSM maps has been suffering recently. Last time I tried (about a month ago) it reported that it would take over a year to produce the maps that I wanted. Someone may have another site where these can be created.
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Re: Open Street Maps on Zumo XT

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I've also used OSM maps on my XT(as an experiment....) and while they can(but not always) be more accurate than the Garmin provided maps when it comes to roads and other geographical details(ie bike trails, attractions, etc...) the OSM still are lacking in other database background info.
Like Jfheath mentioned, the speed limit data isn't there.
The 'search by address' data is mostly non-existent as well so you have to route by stored favorite points or you have to make your route using your destinations LAT/LONG information.
Even despite the drawbacks, I think OSM maps are still a decent viable alternative to purchased maps.
I still use them in my sp2820, and have them for my 550 when Garmin drops the lifetime map updates for it.
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Re: Open Street Maps on Zumo XT

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Thank you for the great feedback! Currently I use an app called Kurviger Pro to plan my routes on my phone and then upload the gpx file to the GPS unit. As the Kurviger uses OSM and I can easily download all the world maps, I thought integrating the system would make more sense. I wasn't aware of the lack of road speed info as the TomTom had taken care of that!
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Re: Open Street Maps on Zumo XT

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Should you go down the route of installing an OSM map just be aware that if you have it and the Garmin map selected at the same time you will get very unexpected results, assuming the maps cover the same area, so ensure only one or the other is selected but not both.
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Re: Open Street Maps on Zumo XT

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You can find a list of websites supplying Garmin compatible Open Street Maps here:
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM ... n/Download

some of them ask for money, others not. Plus the tools for creating your own from OSM are available.
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Re: Open Street Maps on Zumo XT

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Thank you.

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