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    Lost again Texpaul's Avatar
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    Alternative to Garmin maps

    I've heard that there are internet sites where you can get maps that work on Garmin GPS's that you can download for free. I have no experience with these so hoping somebody(s) out there can enlighten me with some site recommendations and their experiences.
    I searched the forum for said topic but no luck, but that doesn't mean there isn't one. SO, if I'm asking something that's already been discussed, my apologies.
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    Benchwrenching PGlaves's Avatar
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    try: www.openstreetmap.org

    I loaded New Zealand maps before we went there. I found them extremely accurate and while less detailed than Garmin street level mapping they were more detailed than the Garmin base maps.
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    I have used these, as detailed as Garmin, and very up to date map wise. Very far behind feature wise restaurants fuel ATM's etc.

    http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/
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    You are probably thinking about OpenStreetMaps. I know several people that use them. My take is that the maps I've looked at were decent, but not quite as good as the Garmin ones. I believe Navteq is still the creator of their base data. The open maps are crowd sourced so the quality of the maps depends on the quality of the people creating them...and agreeing. The upside is free maps where somebody has decided to put in the effort. The downside is that certain sections may be less up to date. Plus you are depending on multiple people's voluntary input...think American voting history. So, good price, basically good data, but nobody is going to lose their job if they screw it up. Just putting that out so you know. That being said, I have tablet nav apps that totally use them and I'm happy. My main routing is garmin units and garmin maps though.

    Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap

    And https://www.openstreetmap.org

    Have fun. There is lots to learn once you dive into mapping.
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    If screwing a map up meant losing a job Navteq would not have any employees any more.
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