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Q: GPS and Maps ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: GPS and Maps
Category: Computers
Asked by: alb3rtg-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 08 Jul 2006 12:24 PDT
Expires: 07 Aug 2006 12:24 PDT
Question ID: 744411
How to integrate Garmin GPS 18 with MSN's or Google's satellite and
street maps?  Is there an appealing option?  The software that ships
with the Garmin falls short of the MSN and Google counterparts.

Request for Question Clarification by hedgie-ga on 10 Jul 2006 07:15 PDT
In Linux ?
Subject: Re: GPS and Maps
Answered By: cynthia-ga on 10 Jul 2006 14:43 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi alb3rtg,

There are folks all over the Internet that have written instructions
for the Garmin GPS 18 and Google Earth, and there are many

Using a Garmin 18 USB GPS Receiver with Google Earth
..."I got a Garmin 18 USB GPS Receiver for Christmas. Of course one of
the first things I tried to do was get it working with Google Earth.
It turns out you need to do some tricks to get it to work, but once
you have your setup correct, it works quite well..."

Garmin Supports Google Earth

Specifically, this Garmin download supports Google Earth:
MapSource software version 6.11.1 as of May 31, 2006 

Importing GPS Data
More help, in case you need it.

Also, compatible maps available at the Garmin web site:

I also found the same Google Earth page as sacoleiro, below. Here's
the help pages, you can type "Garmin" in the search box.

Google Earth Help

NOTE: Be sure to get the most recent beta of Google Earth:

June 13, 2006 - Google Earth 4 Beta Released - Improved GPS Features

Hope this helps!  Come back after you get it going and tell us how
difficult it is..


Search terms:
"Google Earth" Garmin GPS 18
Garmin GPS 18 Google Earth

Request for Answer Clarification by alb3rtg-ga on 11 Jul 2006 19:19 PDT
Thanks so much.  My problem is that use the gps in the car, and need
voice and map integration.  The software that ships with the garmin 12
does not have great maps.  Maybe Google Earth isn't the greatest for
this because it wants a login and can only download limited segments
of the database.  Is there a better alternative to improve on the
Garmin City Select software?

Clarification of Answer by cynthia-ga on 12 Jul 2006 12:31 PDT
Is it the Garmin 12 or Garmin 18?  You have said both, reference your
original question:

   ..."How to integrate Garmin GPS 18 with MSN's or Google's satellite
and street maps? ..."

And your clarification request:

   ..."The software that ships with the garmin 12 does not have great maps..."

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alb3rtg-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Pretty good answer, but I don't know if I have the best option yet for
usign the garmin 12 in the car.

Subject: Re: GPS and Maps
From: gahlawat-ga on 10 Jul 2006 11:29 PDT
to integrate the map and the gps device

1. you should mark some reference point on map such that
  a. they can be identified by gps device by some mean.
  b. these point must not be in straight line.
  c. more point means more accuracy but system becomes o bit complex.

2. identify these point via gps device

3. map these point identified by gps device to that of reference point
marked on map,

=> any point can be locater
=> more reference point mean more accuracy.
=> more reference point mean more complexity.
=> more reference point mean less error.

if u provide me more detail about that, i will try to provide you more
informotion egarding this

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