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Speed Camera Database Installation Guide:
Single File Upload Method
TomTom GO 1000, 1005, VIA, Start 20, 25, 2000 series and variants (NAV3)
31st March 2012
Updated 13th June 2016

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GO 100x Via

 

Applies to following models:
TomTom GO 1000, 1005, VIA, Start 20, 25, 2000 series and variants (NAV3).


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This guide assumes basic knowledge of computer usage and familiarity with the downloading and saving of files. It is beyond the scope of this guide to explain these concepts in detail.

 

The newest generation of TomTom devices (known as NAV3 devices) use a new method to connect to TomTom which no longer provides for direct access to the contents of the device via your computer's file manager as was possible in previous generation models.

 

Instead, all NAV3 devices use the web-based "MyDrive Connect" application for POI installation. There is no other method available.

 

Some users, particularly those who use Internet Explorer, are only able to upload one file at a time. This is a big problem when the full Speed Zoned database can contain 130+ files! Thankfully TomTom have added a new method to upload a single zip file to install the complete database to the device.

 

POI Installation (including Speed Camera Databases)

 

1. Ensure you have downloaded the latest Speed Camera Database update .zip file from our download page here.

 

2. Choose 'TomTom (myTomTom Zip)' as the SatNav System type. You can choose to include our 'pMobiles' data' at this stage. pMobiles are camera locations that have been reported to us but remain unconfirmed. Some users like to have this data, others prefer to rely on our verified data only. Then choose 'UK - Speed Zoned Complete' (for other countries and database types, make your selection as appropriate). If this is the first time you have installed our database to your device you will also need to choose a voice pack at this stage. You can choose from male and female voice alerts both with and without chimes prefixed.

 

Download Database

 

3. Click 'Download' to begin the download process. A compressed .zip file will be saved to your computer. Make a note of the folder where you saved the file.

 

4. Connect your device to your computer, right-click the "MyDrive Connect" applet which is located either in the system tray (Windows) or the Menu Bar (Mac OS X).

 

5. Note the menu item "Manage Community content" in MyDrive Connect. If you do not see this menu entry with a device connected (it is not visible when no device is plugged in), then you do not have the latest software installed on your device or the latest version of MyDrive Connect. You can download the latest MyDrive Connect release here.

 

MyDrive Connect

 

6. Click "Manage Community Content" and you will see the following web-page appear:

 

Add POI

 

 

7. If you have not added any POI data previously you will only have one file listed as installed on your device, "Favorites.ov2' as seen in the image above.

 

8. The new functionality allows you to browse your PC for the speed camera zip file that you saved in Step 3.

 

9. Click 'Add POI' and then Click 'Browse'.

 

Choose File

 

10. Navigate to the folder in which you saved the files downloaded in Step 3 above.

 

Choose File

 

11. Now the file name should have appeared in the selection box in MyDrive Connect, so click on "Install". (Note that using this method you DON'T get any warning that you are about to overwrite the older files).

 

Choose File

 

12. That's it! All in one step! Once the files have uploaded, you should be able to see them all on the MyDrive Connect screen.

 

Installed Files

 

13. Now (if this is your first time) you can go see the "Configuring Warnings" section below. If this is a weekly update, there's no need to repeat that process.

 

Configuring Notes about Icons Shown (or not shown) in MyDrive Connect

(If you're all happy, don't bother with this bit!)

Don't be alarmed that the list of files shown by MyDrive Connectmay not seem complete. TT have done their usual trick of trying to make things simpler, and ended up making them more complicated!

Normally, if you add a set of 4 POI files (comprising the .ov2 data file, the .bmp icon, the X2.bmp optional double-sized icon, and the .ogg warning sound) it DOESN'T show the .bmp in the list, it just uses the file to show the correct image next to the other files. (but they forgot about the X2 one!). But if the filename is longer than 22 characters, it falls over and DOES show the .bmp separately. So here's an example of both situations...

 

Installed Files

 

Configuring Warnings

You have two options here, you can use our real voice alert files or you can use the built-in Text To Speech (TTS) voice engine and type in your own spoken warning. The simplest (and preferred) option is to use our real-voice alerts.

 

1. Now, on your TomTom NAV3 device, tap the screen then access Settings / Manage POIs / Warn when near POI:

 

Settings Manage POIs Warn when near

 

2. In the list of pre-installed POIs you will now see the PocketGPSWorld speed camera files that were installed earlier (you may need to scroll down). Then for each speed camera file, select it and configure your preference of distance and audio alert type. As a guide we recommend you use the suggested settings in this table. Choose your preferred warning time and then read off the recommended distance for each speed:

 

10 seconds
15 seconds
20 seconds
25 seconds
30 seconds
20 MPH
98 yards
147 yards
196 yards
244 yards
294 yards
30 MPH
147 yards
220 yards
293 yards
367 yards
440 yards
40 MPH
195 yards
293 yards
391 yards
489 yards
586 yards
50 MPH
244 yards
367 yards
489 yards
611 yards
783 yards
60 MPH
293/strong> yards
440 yards
586 yards
733 yards
880 yards
70 MPH
342 yards
513 yards
684 yards
855 yards
1027 yards

 

For Mobile locations we recommend the following distances are used:

 

Distance
20 MPH
400 yards
30 MPH
600 yards
40 MPH
800 yards
50 MPH
1000 yards
60 MPH
70 MPH

 

3. There are a number of options available to you. To use the voice alerts that we provide, ensure the 'Sound effect' option is enabled. To use your own spoken warnings, choose the full of brief spoken warnings option and type in the alert you wish to have spoken.

 

Settings Manage POIs Warn when near

 

4. Repeat this for each POI. Although this is an onerous process, subsequent updates will not require you to repeat it. You need only download the updated database and overwrite the .ov2 data files as explained earlier.

 

Resources

PocketGPSWorld Speed Camera Database www.pocketgpsworld.com/modules.php?name=Cameras
Author Andy Pearce & Darren Griffin

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