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All I really want is my phone to have a bigger screen.
jrwank
Nowadays all the GPS route/info I really need is right in Google maps on my Sprint Evo. In fact, I love using satellite view whilst driving, it really makes a huge difference to be able to see what I'm supposed to see vs. what I really see. But the phone leaves much to be desired in terms of overall in-car experience and still hasn't (yet) taken the place of my carputer.

1st off the screen is too small. I've got an 8" touchscreen in my dash, the phone is half its size. I'm getting too old for this shtuff.

Second off, the phone cannot even come close to the carputer in terms of infotainment etc. Nothing like 7.1 surround in your vehicle, music is so much more enjoyable through the carputer than the phone. And videos/movies? Fuhgettaboutit.

My problem is I'm still running iNav 4.02 on the ole carputer. I'd like to find a way to see what I see on my phone.... from my carputer. I have mobile wifi, through the phone, no less.. and my gps receiver is also... you guessed it... my phone. (I use an app called Network/Bluetooth GPS from IdeaSynthesis, LLC. This ain't no plug for it, just sayin.) Like I said, the details and maps of GoogleMaps just blow my current navigation software away; but it does me no good because I just can't see as much as I want to on that smaller screen, and the temptation to grab the phone and look at it instead of keeping my eyes forward is just too great. The nav really needs to be in my HUD dash, where the secondary screen is (I actually have two, I run dual monitors, one for nav/backup camera and one for RideRunner or Centrafuse depending on my mood of the week).

So, I'm looking for a solution. I remember the last time I was poking around here on this site there was a way to use GoogleEarth, but it was convoluted, and I didn't have the bandwidth at the time to figure it out. I'm hoping there's something easier now.

Any suggestions?
Ken in Regina
If you have a broadband connection and want to use Google Earth on your carputer, just download a "helper" app like EarthBridge or GooPS. Although some people have a bit of luck running Google Earth directly with a GPS receiver it's not for the faint of heart. I got it working that way once and thought I had it figured out. I was going to post a how-to here but when I went through it again to document it it didn't work. So clearly it was accidental that one time.

Most people seem to have good luck running one of the helper apps to get Google Earth going in realtime navigation mode.

...ken...
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