Navigation Tips 2

The best way to figure out how your routes and tracks work is to play with them.

Make up a route on your computer, follow a known path, like your commute to work, convert it to a track and export it to your device. Once that’s done, sit your device in your car in the passenger seat and try to get your device to give you directions as you drive. Take a few wrong turns and see how it behaves.

Will it recalculate? Will it get flustered and crash? Does it give spurious instructions like ‘in 100metres keep left and turn right.. keep left then turn right .. recalculating..make a u turn .. in 10 metres . . in 50 metres, at the roundabout mount the kerb .. make a u turn .. make a u turn .. ‘ sometimes even the live in GPS lady gets a bit confused.

Play with it till you have it setup the way you want.


A few tips to set your OsmAnd device up..

Configure Screen:

A few handy things to have displayed on the screen at all times:

Settings (3 lines bottom left) > Configure screen > Select the following – Right panel: Speed / GPS info / Current time / Battery level – Left panel: Compass

Movement direction up:

It’s handy to have the Map orientate itself to your direction of travel, but this isn’t the default setting. By having the compass widget displayed in the left panel (above) you can toggle between North up / Compass up / Movement direction up. If you don’t have the Compass displayed:

Tap direction arrow bottom left > Tap 3 dots at top right beside car/bike symbol > Tap 3 dots (again) beside selected nav profile > General settings > Map orientation.

Orientation speed threshold:

It can be annoying to have the map flip upside-down on you every time you come to a stop. Lock the orientation so that it cannot change once your speed drops below your chosen threshold. Tap the direction arrow on the bottom left of your screen, then Options > Navigation settings > Map during navigation > Map orientation threshold. Set it to 10km/h and Apply.

Selecting a GPX file, and navigating it:

First, get the GPX onto your device. I find the easiest way here is to email it to yourself or put it onto your google drive. Then use your device to access it. When you download and open your GPX it should probably open in OsmAnd, but if it doesn’t you can access it from within OsmAnd by tapping : World/Car/Bike symbol in top left of screen > GPX files > Add more > explore your downloads folder till you find the GPX you want.

Once your GPX is displayed, tap the direction arrow bottom left. Your visible GPXs will be listed under ‘Displayed tracks’. Select the one you want (give it a few seconds to render, be patient) and tap ‘start’.

Other Settings (Non-OsmAnd):

If using a tablet / phone for navigating, the vibrations of the bike can mess with the device screen orientation. It’s best to set it up in landscape mode and then turn auto rotate to off.

Exporting a track as a GPX from your computer. Basecamp can let you choose custom colours for your tracks, and these colours are maintained when you export them as a GPX. If you choose your tracks to be black, they’ll look good on basecamp, but not so good if using OsmAnd in night mode. Similarly, white tracks might not blend in so well in normal mode. Something to think about before you export those GPXs.

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