During the past year or so, I've become uncomfortable with my reliance on GPS for a variety of reasons.So I bought a paper map of my fair city of Tulsa.
Google maps also have the ability to download data for a defined area and will work just fine offline.The biggest problem with this guy’s article is that he is basing his story on relying on Google maps which will only work with cell service....
Absolutely right.I don't agree with the shunning of technology for nostalgia's sake.
That's a lot of words in defense against my post that was basically in agreement with the original thread topic, with the sole exception being that I feel as though electronic maps and "GPS" are the modern technological evolution of the paper map and my choice to embrace that. My "shunning" comment was a generalized statement, not pinpointed at any particular person. I apologize if you felt singled out by that statement. Not my intent.I'll follow up on that. Interesting, I do not dis-embrace technology in the least, and I do not shun mapping technology for the sake of nostalgia. I find it humorous, when a broad brush is used to accuse paper map folks of shunning technology, when here I am, typing on a modern keyboard and communicating with untold numbers of people, using, guess what? Modern Technology. Sooo, don't assume that because I do not use modern technology as a tool to navigate, that I shun technology. So, please, @Bama-kiwi don't assume that we paper map guys use paper maps for the reason that you outlined. Paper maps are dependable. If, god forbid, we should ever have to abandon our vehicle, strap on our back packs and walk out, I want a paper map to navigate with. Walk out? When we go alone, our backpacks have everything we would need to survive for 5-7 days. An electronic device? I'll save the battery for whenever we reach cell service. Worst case scenario? Yes. Will it ever happen? Hopefully not, but if it ever happens, I like to think that being able to navigate on foot using a paper map, will increase our odds of survival. In the meantime, feel free to keep reading my rather long winded reply. Hopefully you'll learn that I do not shun technology.
My brother-in-law is a big fan of GIA mapping software. He loves it and I see the advantages, especially when one is on a timeline. However, I see no advantage in negating the element of surprise as we are traveling the backcountry of the western US. One of the things my wife and I often do when we reach a region, is put away the Nat Geo maps and just take the road less traveled. Every time we have navigating by "dead reckoning" or "seat of the pants" it has always led us to some of the greatest campsites and spectacular sunsets the southwest has to offer. The next morning we will get the paper map out and figure out where we are. Traveling like that leads to a few surprises, a lot of fun and a deep feeling of satisfaction. Traveling with a small group, we kinda sorta stay on a preplanned course, so my wife, (the greatest living navigator) keeps the map open and guides us. I break many things down into needs and wants. Do we need our vehicle to do what we do? Yes. Do we need all the fancy glamping gear to do what we do? No. Do we need paper maps to do what we do? Yes. Do we need navigation apps on our phone or pad? No. ( pardon me for getting on a soapbox, I'll stop now )
So I still question Google off line, helping me when I am out in the middle of no place.Google maps also have the ability to download data for a defined area and will work just fine offline.
You can use offline maps for reliable navigation and safety features when your car has a poor internet connection. Offline maps can be automatically downloaded and updated based on your current locatsupport.google.com
Sorry for the confusion. I posted the wrong set of instructions on how to do this. Here is the instructions for iOS. I have used this all over the US and Europe and was able to download maps and data for entire geographic areas for use in navigating completely offline. At least for Apple phones, GPS works regardless of wifi or cellular service. My backup is that I also use my inReach connected to my phone.So I still question Google off line, helping me when I am out in the middle of no place.
One big problem with this according to google, from the link you gave
“This article is only for Google Maps built into your car. Feature availability or functionality may depend on your car manufacturer or region and data plan.”
Tried to do a short trip and step 2 of this Google page, I don’t see a settings icon to select
so does that mean if you don’t have CarPlay or Android Auto, it doesn’t work? I will have to give it a try and see if it can show me the TransAmerican trail across Colorado. I am planning to do this with friends this year so it would be a good test.
A question I still have, is when I get off road, no internet or Wi-Fi and I get side tracked, wanting to look at something off the track I load, how can Google maps help? Or I stop for the night, how does Google know where I am if I have no cell service, so where is my next turn? With Gaia and my BadElf gps, I know where I am at, even if lost
Now if Google will work with a separate GPS system that doesn’t rely on my phone gps having a signal, then I could go for that.
On a trip last year, driving the Pony Express across UT and NV, paper maps where very important, as Gaia routes where not 100% accurate. On that trip, I used both.
I will have to give this a trySorry for the confusion. I posted the wrong set of instructions on how to do this. Here is the instructions for iOS. I have used this all over the US and Europe and was able to download maps and data for entire geographic areas for use in navigating completely offline. At least for Apple phones, GPS works regardless of wifi or cellular service. My backup is that I also use my inReach connected to my phone.
You can save an area from Google Maps to your phone or tablet and use it when you're offline. Tip: You’re unable to download offline maps in some countries or regsupport.google.com