Can Maps be configured to serve as a GPS?

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  1. Keukasmallie macrumors 6502

    Keukasmallie

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    Is there a way to configure Maps to simply show the streets/roads ahead while driving without entering a destination? That would be very handy when looking for specific streets that precede a turn, etc.
     
  2. TonyK macrumors 6502a

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    Are you asking about iOS Maps from Apple? If so, I do that right now in a CarPlay enabled car. It suggests my standard daily commute and I cancel that and then I'm looking at just the streets and my location on the street at any given time/location.
     
  3. Keukasmallie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Tony, thanks for your response. I don't have CarPlay, so that's out for me. I would like to use IOS Maps from Apple in much the same manner as a GPS device, e.g., Garmin, simply shows the road ahead, cross streets, etc. I've tried to set a destination "down the road" then simply follow my own route independent of the route the app chooses for me, but that's a non-starter. Suggestions?
     
  4. jtara macrumors 68000

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    Get a real navigation app. Every real navigation app has both a Head-Up display mode, and will show the road ahead without the need of programming a destination.

    I use Waze. I used to use Navigon, which was bought by Garmin, and was excellent. But Garmin exited the mobile app market, and no longer sells either the Navigon or Garmin app. In the mean time, Waze has gotten MUCH better than it was when I first tested it and choose Navigon.

    The navigation apps have gotten WAY cheaper than they once were!
     
  5. chabig macrumors 603

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    Whenever you open Maps, it always shows your location as a blue dot. The streets and street names are visible too.
     
  6. Keukasmallie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your responses. I'm going to use Waze w/o entering a location, or Google maps w/o a location.
     
  7. TonyK macrumors 6502a

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    You can also have Maps show you just the map, no destination needed, in CarPlay mode. Think the same thing holds true just for the application on an iPhone or iPad.
     
  8. Erehy Dobon, Jan 16, 2019
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    Erehy Dobon macrumors newbie

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    I always drive with Waze -- often without a destination -- primarily for real-time traffic and road conditions (slow traffic, accidents, police, red light cameras, construction, road debris, etc.) which are largely user submitted.

    Waze works brilliantly here in the SF Bay Area because there is a large and active Waze user community. Waze is very pedestrian in places where there are very few users.

    The Japanese must be using something other than Waze because I fired up the app in downtown Tokyo and there were hardly any local users.

    Same with some places in Europe.

    While it has less of the real-time road condition functionality of Waze, the HERE WeGo app provides similar driving GPS capability. This was the former Nokia maps service.

    I've tried many GPS driving apps over the years (many have been discontinued) and for my purposes and specific location (while I'm at home), Waze is top notch.

    Just a caveat, Waze is owned by Google and unsurprisingly they are harvesting your vehicle location data to sell advertising. I see fast food restaurant chain and gas station logos while I run Waze and occasionally a localized ad will pop up when I'm at a stoplight.

    Like Waze, HERE WeGo is a free app. I suggest you give both a try.
     
  9. Keukasmallie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've loaded Waze, so I now have Waze, iMap and Google maps available. Waze does what I want to accomplish - just show the road I'm on plus upcoming intersections, streets, etc. (Yeah, I did manufacture several trips so I could try things out.) Waze stays "on" for the duration of the trips I've taken so far today while the other two turn off when the iPhone times out. Additionally, Waze has the least cluttered screen of the three.

    So, thanks for responding and for your suggestions. With your help, I tried different things and found one that works for me. Still, I'm intrigued by HERE WeGo, so I'll give that a look soon.
     

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