One of the options offered by GPS navigators are proximity warnings. This feature is very useful because we can tell our device to warn us when we approach certain GPS coordinates.
The commonly called POI’s or POI’s (points of interest) are files that contain coordinates of different categories. We can find POIs from different categories such as gasolines, train stations, restaurants, museums, and everything we can imagine. By means of these files and simply loading them in our GPS navigator, this is able to pre-notify us about any category that interests us.
As this article is focused on the radars we will explain step by step the way to tell our GPS navigator to warn us before a radar on our way. With this we can take a quieter trip without being aware of where the radars are located and thus show total attention to driving.
The proximity warning can be configured to notify us at a certain distance from the point where the radar is located. Normally, each type of radar speed is set at a pre-warning distance with more than enough time to make a decision.
Steps To Update The Radars Of A Tomtom Gps Garmin Navigator
- Download the latest version of the radar PDIs . We must download the latest version of the radar POIs, which is compatible with our GPS model since there are different formats for different brands of GPS devices. In our case we can download the version of Spain or the version of Europe according to the map that we have installed on our TomTom device. Download Spain version . Download Europe version
- Extract the ZIP file . As the radars come in a ZIP file we must decompress this file in a folder. Within this folder we must have three types of files:i)Files .bmp which saves the radar icon.
ii)Files .ogg which saves the pre warning audio.
iii)Files .ov2 which stores the GPS coordinates where the radars are located
- Connect our TomTom GPS to the computer via a USB cable . Once the USB cable is connected, the GPS navigator will ask us if we want to connect with the PC, we will answer YES. Once this is done, a new disk drive should appear in “My Computer” or in the “My Computer” section.
- Copy the files from the radar folder to our map folder inside our GPS navigator . If we enter inside the new disk unit we will observe a series of folders. Among them will be a folder corresponding to the map that we have installed. If we have installed the map of Iberia, Europe, Western Europe, etc, a folder with these names will appear.
We will open the folder of our map and copy inside all the files that we have named before, that is to say all the files .bmp, .ov2 and .ogg.
5.Start our GPS navigator . Once the file copy is finished we will disconnect our GPS device safely and start the GPS. We can now disconnect the usb cable from both the computer and the GPS.
Configure our browser . Once inside our device we will indicate that we want the new PDIs to be shown and that we want to be notified in the presence of the new installed radars.
6.Configure our browser . Once inside our device we will indicate that we want the new PDIs to be shown and that we want to be notified in the presence of the new installed radars.
To indicate that we want to see the new radars installed we will go to the and we will make sure that we have marked the “Points of Interest” box.
Once marked this option will click on “Done”. Now if we look at the map we will have new icons. The icons with green circle are camouflaged radars, the red circles are fixed radars, the icons with a T are radars of section, the icons with a traffic light are semaphore radars.etc … If we want to know all the radars that have been installed we must go to the option “Options” and click on the option “PDI”.
To configure the pre warning of the radars we must go to: Once there we press the letter R to get directly the radars that we have installed.