Working with POI's on GO Essential

Jim1703
Jim1703 Registered Users Posts: 3
Apprentice Traveler
edited December 2021 in Devices using Wi-Fi®
Yesterday I bought a GO Essential 6", one of TomTom's latest devices. I was extremely surprised and disappointed to find out there still is no effective poi management features on it. So I can import an OV2 file via Mydrive. So what! That is all I can do. I want to be able to:
Import POI icons to go with it
Import custom alert sound
Decide which POI's to show on the map
Setup warning alerts for POI (distance and/or on current route)

Looking back across several forums these features have been demanded from disappointed customers for well over 2 years!

TomTom beware, ignoring the requirements of your customers is a path to oblivion!
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  • YamFazMan
    YamFazMan Posts: 20,998
     Superuser
    Hi
    @Jim1703

    Installing 3rd party POI Categories... You use the MyDrive Web Route planner
    Here... https://mydrive.tomtom.com

    See Tomtom Video... How to import POIs, GPX files and Favourites in MyDrive


    Displaying Personal POIs on the Driving View/Map
    Be aware... You can't install the POI associated .BMP files
    You can only use the 5 Tomtom supplied generic Icons....

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    But you can use one icon for for more than one POI category i.e... place all your fuel categories under one Icon, then if you tap on a nearby 'say' Fuel Icon a Quick menu opens --> Tap the 3Dot Icon for more options & more Information

    Setup... After installing your Personal or 3rd party POIs....Tap 4Dot (....Menu) --> Settings --> Appearance --> Show POI lists on the Map
    It says a restart is required, but I've never found it to be necessary
    After choosing the Generic Icon.. Tap the coloured (^) Icon screen top right... Pinch zoom the Map, the Generic POI Icons all appear live and working
    Note... The Generic POI Icons disappear when the Map is highly zoomed out (I guess so you can scroll around a clear Map to find your location)
    The Icon reappear as you zoom back in again

    Here the Yellow Pentagon Icons --> National Trust
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    Searching an installed 3rd party POI Category....
    The search engine is excellent you usually only need to type around three characters of the POI name for a hit...
    For example... I have loaded the 3rd party POI's for the National Trust... To show the POI's for "National Trust" on the map, work your way down to option (2)

    From the main screen
    Tap (....)4Dot Icon (Screen Bottom left)
    Swipe left or Tap the mid/right edge of the screen to go to and tap the MyPlaces Icon
    Scroll down and select the required POI Category For example "National Trust"
    You now have three options
    The Main search area turns blue and "National Trust" is offered with a flashing cursor
    Continue typing the name of the required "National Trust" site, Type Dud (Or as much of the word that's required for Dudmaston Hall appear at the top of the National trust list)
    Tap on the offered Dudmaston Hall and select the Drive Icon

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    You also have two further options.....
    After the initial "National Trust" POI selection
    There's a dual Icon (screen bottom right) with Three Lines and Two circles

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    (1)..... Tap the three Lines Icon (bottom right screen) and a list will appear of the "National Trust" sites in distance order
    (2)...... Tap the Two circle Icon for the "National Trust" sites POI's to appear on the screen (Pinch zoom for detail) (Note..... On the Start range its easier to tap the plus and minus buttons to zoom the map screen)
    as far as I'm aware it will show the nearest 60ish POI's around your location
    There is also a Keyboard Icon (screen bottom right) to return to the search window from the options (1) and (2)

    An example of the generic Icons on the search screen, the Icons are dynamic so the closer you zoom more icons appear

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    ATB YFM
  • Jim1703
    Jim1703 Registered Users Posts: 3
    Apprentice Traveler
    Hi @YamFazMan
    Thanks for the tips. I had already worked out that I can import Custom POI's. However I had not discovered that I can associate a standard build-in icon with them. Unfortunately that does not resolve my problem entirely.

    My particular requirement is for custom "Safety" camera POI. The icon I need displayed represents the speed restriction 30, 40, 50 etc. (the TomTom Speed limit indicator is not always accurate!) Also need an audible alert when approaching the POI. I used to be able to do this on my old Via and more recently my Garmin DriveSmart LMT 50.

    All that being said the tomtom built in safety camera feature has a useful function to measure your average speed when in an Average Speed Camera Zone. So not all bad.
  • YamFazMan
    YamFazMan Posts: 20,998
     Superuser
    Hi
    @Jim1703

    For general improvement using the Tomtom Speed Cam Database over the default settings

    Always use a Computer voice...
    Serena or Malcolm in the UK
    Also....
    From the main screen... Tap (.... Menu) -> Setting -> Sounds & Warnings...
    Set... 'Warning Type' to... Read Allowed... (Important... Needs a Computer Voice set in the Voices menu)
    Speed Cameras & Hazards... Set to ON
    The next 10 Setting ALL set to Always
    The next 4 Settings ALL set to ON
    The device will now say....
    'Fixed Camera'
    'Mobile Hot Spot'
    'Average Speed Camera Zone'
    'Red-light Camera'
    'Accident Black-spots
    ‘Spoken Traffic delays’


    Speed Cams
    If you keep a check on the Traffic-bar... The device gives you a visual Warning of the next Fixed or Mobile Speed Camera many miles before you reach the camera
    Even more info if in the 'Setting menus' you setup a Wide Traffic/Route Bar
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    ATB YFM