Now if you have Garmin integrated into your GPS Insight implementation, you can optimize a list of addresses or landmarks, then send that entire route via wireless to your driver’s Garmin on his or her dashboard. It’s this easy:
Route a Set of Addresses to a Garmin as well as Add Landmarks to a Route
A route made from a list of addresses, and some landmarks, can be sent to a Garmin. Using the Route Dashlet, addresses can be pasted to create a list of destinations that are not yet landmarked:
Additional destinations for the route can be added from the list of landmarks on the account:
An optimized route is then created by clicking Get Route:
The Route is sent to the specified Garmin by selecting the vehicle with an attached Garmin and clicking Send:
If you would like to look at the route, you can click on “Map This” to show it on a map and adjust/email it if necessary:
Once you “Send” the route to a Garmin, the NUMBERED stops show up with the Route Name for you to easily determine where to go and in what order. You may call them “Monday,” “Tuesday,” etc. in order to help distinguish. Note that they should not be a very long name since Garmin screens aren’t always wide enough to show the full name (as in the case with my small, inexpensive Nuvi 205).
Here are screen shots of the Garmin when it receives the route:
The “Stop” icon shows up and the Garmin “dings” to let you know you have a new stop (or multiple stops). Click on it to show your stops in numbered order:
Then, you can click on the one you want to go to (ideally in the order specified, or based on whichever one is closest to your existing location (which is shown in the right column) [note I had to edit the image since my nuvi didn't have enough space for the full number -- why you should buy a W model (which stands for widescreen)]:
After clicking on it with your finger, you get more details, and can choose to “Go” there at this point:
At that point, the Garmin will take you there with turn by turn audible and visible instructions. If you have a Traffic enabled Garmin, it will optimize for existing traffic.
Note that addresses, latitude/longitude, and Landmarks may be combined within the GPS Insight route dashlet.
This is a real time-saver and using GPS Insight to get the route order optimized will absolutely save you miles — 5-10% is reasonable, and more if your dispatcher really doesn’t have a way to visualize the order on a map.
Down the road, we will start allowing customers to save routes & compare the route SENT to the actual route DRIVEN.
Bear in mind that the GPS Insight GPSI-4000 and newly introduced GPSI-3900 are our 2 Garmin capable devices.
Click for more information on our Garmin Integration.