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In Car Gps Units - Multi Stop Route Optimisation
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My trusty TomTom Via 280 died a few days ago - since my brain died I've come to rely on it daily - had all my regular clients saved in it and just punched in the next job destination when I finished a lawn and then went back to sleep

 

I've been using my Android phone since and, while it's fine with spoken directions I find I prefer something dedicated on the dash - so I started to research the three main contenders here Garmin, TomTom and Navman - they pretty much all have lifetime maps and most have traffic alerts - more upmarket and you get bluetooth hands free for the phone and then wifi connection to do map updates so you don't have to take it out of the car

 

And then I stumbled on something I hadn't thought of - multistop route optimisation - to cut to the chase only Garmin units have it built in - how it works is you set up a multistop route and then have the unit create the most efficient route between all the stops for a saving of time and fuel hopefully - the other brands have the capability if you create a route on a web application, optimise it, save it in the file format for your GPS and then connect your GPS to the computer and upload the saved route - way too clunky for daily use

 

I don't usually do more than 5 jobs a day and have been working out my run order in my head each morning - maybe it's the best route, maybe not - but I reckon anyone with a big run might find the feature useful.

 

Edit: I hooked it up to the computer and updated gpsfix and now it's decided to work again so I don't get to go shopping - yet.


Posted 13 April 2018 - 06:20 PM

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In Car Gps Units - Multi Stop Route Optimisation
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old school

put all your jobs on index cards

hold them in a clip

estimated time for todays job scheduling

8 seconds

 

job done, move card to the bottom of the pile

edited by RL


Posted 13 April 2018 - 06:33 PM

read between the lines, if he seems drunk, he possibly is


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works for me Grae......


Posted 13 April 2018 - 09:02 PM

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hey croc I like the sounds of that, I couldn't see anything on gamins site about it though, Was there a certain model that you looked at that has this feature or is it standard with all their gps units. Cheers


Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:23 AM

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Hi Nat,

 

Yes for such a killer feature built in to their units Garmin bury it's existence deep in the manual - it should be on their glossy brochures - for businesses like ours it could be gold

 

Anyway I believe it's referred to in the "Trip Planner" section of the manual - even in their base model Drive 51/61 :-

 

https://www8.garmin....F295A4B38A.html

 

for $179

 

I'd want to see it demoed before I part with any cash but (as my TomTom has finally died for good) I'll be shopping for one over the next few days

 

I'll post again if/when I've got one and tried it.


Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:34 AM

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Personally I like using google maps on my phone over a dedicated GPS unit, although I don't think it has multi stop route optimization.  Here's a few apps that do though:

 

https://www.komando....tiple-stops/all


Posted 14 April 2018 - 02:03 PM

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I just drive to the furthest job and start coming home.  :)


Posted 14 April 2018 - 02:42 PM

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With the traffic congestion here now my run is still too broad at a 6klm radius - and the runs change week to week so run planning is beneficial for me - so I'm looking at the second model Garmin with live traffic update as well 

 

when we moved here 28 years ago the main road at the end of our street was a narrow 2 lanes turning to dirt a few hundred metres further out - now it's 6 lanes and chockas in peak hour - same for most of the main roads round here - less road time for me bumps the overall hourly rate.


Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:20 PM

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The joys of the big smoke  :)


Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:56 PM

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The joys of the big smoke  :)

Looking at the glass half full angle to the big smoke there'd have to be 1000 homes within a 1 klm radius from me - I just want 40 non-corner regulars from that pool.


Posted 14 April 2018 - 05:34 PM

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Here's a Youtube video on how to set up route optimisation on a Garmin GPS:-

 

 

my old Tomtom refuses to die so I haven't bought a Garmin yet - might get one for Mother's Day  ;)


Posted 26 April 2018 - 06:16 AM

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Does it take you to home/Maccas/Bunnings when you need a natural break or to pass by the bakery round midday?
Posted 26 April 2018 - 03:50 PM

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Does it take you to home/Maccas/Bunnings when you need a natural break or to pass by the bakery round midday?


Dont need a gps my truck drives it self to the pub on a friday arvo ha ha
Posted 26 April 2018 - 05:47 PM

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Dont need a gps my truck drives it self to the pub on a friday arvo ha ha


Please don’t say it knows the way home at the end of the night
Posted 26 April 2018 - 05:58 PM

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Please don’t say it knows the way home at the end of the night


The truck dosent but the mrs does ha ha
Posted 26 April 2018 - 06:31 PM




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