TomTom Rider track overlay experiment
One of the biggest differences between Garmin Zumo and TomTom Rider navigation devices is the way they handle tracks.
The Garmin Zumo has the ability to set Recalculation mode to off. Also, many models have options to display a track even if its off-road for off-road navigation.
When a track is opened on a TomTom Rider the Rider always maps the track to the road. When you make a detour for example because a road is closed the TomTom Rider recalculates a new route to the track.
Is this bad? No, the Rider helps you to find the best way to follow the track as closely as possible over the road.
So why this experiment.
There is no option in the TomTom Rider to see if the route displayed on the TomTom Rider is the actual track. Many TomTom Rider owners like an option to see if the route is on-track. Some even like the option to show the track for off-road navigation.
How does it work?
Simple the TomTom Rider has an option to display POI’s. So, my idea was if I convert route point to POI’s I get a track overlay displayed as POI’s on the TomTom Rider.
All I needed to do, write a program to convert GPX track point to an OV2 POI file. And I did so you can download this file on my website an experiment for yourself.