iPhone GPS navigation
How to use an iPhone as a primary navigation device with the ability to plan routes on a computer, and transfer them to an iPhone for navigation.
These instructions are for Mac (should work for Windows users as well)…see also: Mounting an iPhone on a 2014 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Getting all the necessary software
- Get an iPhone (if you didn’t figure this one out by now…you have issues).
- Get the CoPilot app. I use the paid version, but this may work on the free version as well.
- Download RouteConverter from http://www.routeconverter.com/home/en (no installation needed, simply un-zip and use…follow the instructions on download page).
- Download and install DiskAid at http://www.digidna.net (can be used for free for a while).
- Also, see “Revisions” at the end of the post.
Planing a route and transferring it to the iPhone
- Plan a route using RouteConverter.
- Save the route as: “CoPilot 9 (*.trp)”.
- Connect the iPhone to the computer via the usb cable.
- Open DiskAid, go to “Apps” > “CoPilot” > “NA” > “Save”.
- Click the “Actions” button on the top tool-bar, and choose “Copy to Save”.
- Locate the *.trp file from step #2 and click the “Select” button.
Open CoPilot on your iPhone and “Load” the route…Ta-da! you just saved your self hundreds of dollars by not needing a GPS unit.
Contact me if you have any questions or need help setting this up.
I started using the Gaia app for off-road navigation via iPhone, it’s a paid app (I forgot how much I paid, I think it was something like $19), and it allows for a superb off-road navigation. If you look at my ride-trip posts, the gps files (gpx) that are attached to the posts were generated via the Gaia app. The way it works for me is, I plot my route with RouteConverter, save it as a gpx file, than upload this gpx file to Gaia website (www.gaiagps.com) which synchronizes it to my iPhone app…very nice and easy.