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    Portable Car GPS w/Traffic


    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Look on eBay for a replacement cable, lots of cheap used GPS stuff there.
    Iíve been burnt on there before buying a replacement antenna for my old Garmin and I couldnít activate it cause Garmin didnít support it...they come with a subscription so Iíd rather buy it from a legit source

    Still on the fence whether to buy a new cable for the old Garmin...buy a cheaper garmin with traffic or buy a high end garmin with all the bells and whistles...the high end ones the traffic subscription is built in...so if your traffic stops working you need to buy a $70 antenna to replace the on board antenna in the unit...not sure I want to replace the antenna on my current garmin since itís older

    I guess what I really want to know is what is the comparison of traffic data from a low end garmin with a gtm 36 antenna/cable vs a high end garmin with traffic built into the unit vs a high end garmin with a gtm 60 hd antenna/cable...if the data info is all coming from the same company (which Iím not sure of) then it comes down to the reception of the different antennas...I have also heard of some of them using traffic data from a garmin app over Bluetooth but Iím not sure which unit(s) do this...very confusing cause their website sucks for information...I like the idea of the high end one with the front traffic camera but Iím not sure of the quality and if it has all the bells and whistles thatís more stuff to go wrong/break vs just a basic one...and Iím not really looking to put a separate traffic cam in since I already have enough wires in my car and Iíd rather not have to get into spending the time wiring a traffic cam into the car...it would just be a bonus feature I would like to have


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    Re: Portable Car GPS w/Traffic

    I have to think there are different sources of traffic signals, or some receivers are better at receiving. My Tundra has a traffic app which works off of HD radio, it is rarely up to date and accurate. It would seem that traffic has to be shut down for a while before it registers. Where as Google Drive and Waze is much more up to date.

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    Re: Portable Car GPS w/Traffic

    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    Where as Google Drive and Waze is much more up to date.
    Those are using everyone's phone as a real-time data point. Earlier traffic systems used sensors in the pavement (like stop lights use) and overhead radar. I don't think your Tundra's system has the ability to provide data. Pretty sure it's only a receiver.

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    Re: Portable Car GPS w/Traffic

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_message_channel

    We had it on several vehicles, and find Waze / Google Maps much more timely.

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    Re: Portable Car GPS w/Traffic

    Old article...
    https://itstillworks.com/accurate-ga...fic-18647.html


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    Re: Portable Car GPS w/Traffic

    I love Waze, and when it crashes once in a while and I have to run Google I lose my mind. I like having everything in one location and for me integration is also key. Nav at a quick touch of a button.

    That said, buy yourself something like this and simplify your wiring. One access point will power everything you need in your car and you can run wires to a central location for a cleaner look. I run a minimum of 4 hungry apps, including Wazefor hours a day and the strip can still charge my phone. I just replaced a Galaxy S7 that I ran like this for 2 1/2 years and it wasn't for a battery issue.



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    Re: Portable Car GPS w/Traffic

    Most of our cars have Apple CarPlay, so you can run everything via voice or touch screen. Pretty slick.

    Pretty nifty.

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    Re: Portable Car GPS w/Traffic

    was planning on buying a new gps today along with a rexing v1 dash cam but still can't decide...the newest garmin drive smart models have the traffic receiver incorporated into the unit...so if the traffic stops working you either need to buy a new one or buy a $70 traffic receiver cable...it also sounds like they have problems with overheating which i've never had issues with on the nuvi 360 or the nuvi 1350...i looked into buying an older model nuvi on amazon...i found a nuvi 2689 lmt new for $300 which is too much for an old model...i just liked how the traffic receiver was in the cable so it could be replaced for less money than buying a new unit...i'll have to look into tom tom a little more tonight

    looks like some models are now getting traffic data from a smartphone instead of a traffic antenna in the power cable/in the unit...i'm between either just buying a new garmin drive smart 55 and buying the gtm 60 hd cord or just replacing the cord on my nuvi 1350 with one from ebay and see if it fixes the issue or just running google maps on my phone each day and using the nuvi 1350 as a backup

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    Re: Portable Car GPS w/Traffic

    picked up the rexing v1 dash cam with a 128gb card...have not had time to install it and play with it...i have been running my phone along with my nuvi 1350 and found that between running the podcast app plus google maps app i use about 20-30% of my battery with the traffic not working on the garmin but obviously did with google maps...i will definitely be picking up a new portable gps or the cord for the 1350 but i would hate to buy the cord/traffic antenna and find out that the unit was the issue with the traffic not working seeing as how it sometimes picks up the traffic signals

    this explains the different traffic subscriptions that garmin has
    https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?fa...Ja11t7iwvYnz18

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    Re: Portable Car GPS w/Traffic

    Only peripheral, but Waze has added plow reports to the app. Or more properly, unplowed reports.

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