This is a collaborative project for the creation and updating of maps for GPS navigators. It was born in Venezuela but has gradually expanded to other Hispanic countries at a time when mobile applications have become popular and accessible to the Internet.
I liked one of the stories published in a Venezuelan newspaper about this project, about what it was like to give a rural address before the positioning technologies. This is an adapted version:
You go through the paved road, turn right where there is a Quebracho tree next to a locking door ...
Each 100 meters there is a Quebracho tree, if we associate it ... and as if the gate of bolts was a standard.
You go through a gazebo and there you cross ...
Roundabout, roundabout ... in Central America roundabout is called a booth where they sell soft drinks and sweets. A two-zone UTM roundabout is called at the intersection of several roads. 14 degrees below, they call it a garden ... and the crusade is like cutting your veins in the Middle Ages.
Then, there you follow the cobblestone road, between two fences of barbs, and when you reach a junction, you take the one that has the side of izote ...
Izote, izote, that will be that, it must be like the chagüite ...
Then you will pass through a section that there are many trees ...
You follow, and you must be careful to turn right where there is an abandoned old refrigerator ...
One day the Guanacos went by collecting scrap for recycling and that's where the accuracy of the address came from. Even the mayor received a request from the tourism commission, to place a refrigerator in poor condition on that site to avoid confusion.
Today with the navigators everything has changed, from the ones used for the vehicle as the applications that can be downloaded to a mobile phone or an Ipad tablet. This project of routes comes to be a great contribution to the community of users who like this type of hobbies and all the time they carry a Garmin on the board, also to avoid problems when making a trip to the unknown of the tropical lands .
You have to go inside, to see everything the community has contributed, because you have to find the tricks involved in updating a mobile version and the maps do not apply to every model. But we must recognize that initiatives like these are valuable for their collaborative value.
I leave some forum comments and contact messages that make the project speak for themselves.
This is the name of the project in Venezuela, a country where mobile Internet access has left the common Spanish-speaking denominator. Having started from 2003 is very advanced in terms of maps, points of interest and even route information for 4 × 4 vehicles and hiking trails.
Honestly, the Venrut is one of the best GPS maps in the world, and I have compared them. Congratulations for an excellent AAA job.
This is the name of the project in Peru, it is very advanced and detailed. The community of this country is also active in these issues by nature.
A brief review of 3.10: Like its predecessors, this map totally kicks ass.
It's more accurate and reliable than Google maps. And it's surprising how often it could find the most efficient way to negotiate the maze-like "urban zone" of Peru no matter how far off the grid you think you are.
Kudos to Perut.org for its amazing work.
This is in Colombia, it is slower than in Venezuela and Peru but it has great potential in this country where rural roads are really a challenge. Also for now the limited design, with an annoying effect of brightness that causes desires to close the page.
First of all congratulations for such an excellent project. I am from Medellin and I am using the 11.4.2 colrut in a Nüvi 1390T, the map works quite well. I tell you that I am very interested in providing locations and complement some streets that are not drawn, so I am writing to tell me how I can help the map (at least Medellín).
This is more recent, barely a year old but has grown very fast to include routable maps of Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama and Belize. The portal is built on a forum application, which gives it an advantage of interaction and control over other countries.
They recently added a layer of contour lines to each 50 meter, which added to the statistics that included:
70,771 kilometers of roads
1,125 Service Stations
1,067 ATM and / or Bank Services
928 Schools and / or Universities
2369 Places to Eat
Excellent, excellent, excellent!
I just installed the CenRut 24 on my Nüvi 265 and it works perfectly. I will use lots as we go to Easter in Boquete to visit a friend.
I discovered that, like "ñapa", are also the maps of Nicaragua. We have family in Managua and in Chichigalpa, so that will not do.
They do not know how happy I am, and how easy the installation was. If you need anything from Ticolandia, let me know.
In good time for the work initiated by David, and now administered in each country Ivo, Carlos and Willy.