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Using web-based Google Maps to display GPS location
biomata
Here's what I'm looking for. Can someone tell me if this is possible? I am running Windows 7. I want to purchase a USB GPS receiver, and somehow display my location in Google Maps (web-based, not Google Earth). This can be done with mobile devices, but I've not heard of anyone being able to do it from Windows. Is this possible?

Thanks!
Ken in Regina
Yes, you can do that. You can do it in Google Earth by itself but it is difficult and does not always work as you would expect.

Use the search box at the top of any page on this site and search for "GooPS" and also for "Earthbridge". These are "helper" programs that make it much easier to use a GPS receiver with Google Earth.

...ken...
biomata
Thanks Ken, but I mentioned I do not want to use Google Earth. What I am looking for is Google Maps (maps.google.com). I want something that is web-based, and not using an intermediary standalone program on my PC.
Ken in Regina
I think you might have a misunderstanding. What you describe cannot be done, not even with mobile devices.

Mobile devices run apps that use the same map data as Google Maps displays when you access it online. That is, a Google app runs on the mobile device and pulls the map data from Google's map servers as it is required. Sometimes (usually?) this app is named "Google Maps". That's what it's called on my smartphone.

That is exactly the same thing Google Earth does. That is, Google Earth is using the exact same map data that the Google Maps web site displays and pulls it down from Google's map servers as required, just like the mobile apps do. It does this regardless of whether you are using it just for browsing maps and planning trips or whether you are using it for realtime navigation.

Google Earth is just another mobile app that happens to run on a PC (or netbook/laptop/tablet/UMPC/whatever) rather than a smartphone or similar mobile device.

Is there something else that you want/need that I'm overlooking? I'm not trying to be difficult. I just need to be certain we are both talking about the same thing.

...ken...
BillLee
Keep in mind that "web-based" means you are running an application on your PC. The browser is an "intermediary standalone program".

I suspect what you mean is "an application running in a web browser", and that certainly CAN be done.

(I have just such a program that, if I can ever get through beta testing, I will make available on a website somewhere. Screen shot below.)

The big problem with these sorts of programs is complying with Google's Terms of Service. The one that is of concern is

"(g) use the Service or Content with any products, systems, or applications for or in connection with (i) real time navigation or route guidance, including but not limited to turn-by-turn route guidance that is synchronized to the position of a user's sensor-enabled device; or (ii) any systems or functions for automatic or autonomous control of vehicle behavior."

I justify my own use since I am NOT doing "real time navigation or route guidance" but merely plotting the position of the GPS receiver on a Google map display.
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pondman2008
Good morning, I am new to laptopGPS world. For what I think as real-time navigation and mapping in our motorhome, I attach my personal Garmin GPS to a USB port on my laptop and run Streets & Trips. I think my Streets & Trips is 2007. It only shows our position and we rely on the Garmin for plotting and alterations to our destination, etc. But, it really gives a good birds eye view in relationships to hwys, cities, etc.
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