Using the POI files

Installing

A comprehensive Read me file is included in the download files… here's a summary of how to install the POI files on a range of devices.

How do I install the Points of information (POI) on a portable navigation device?

The zip file downloaded to your PC from DriveGuru.com comprises a Readme file and seven other files. You will only need to use one or two of these files, depending on which device you have. Just follow these steps:
  1. If you use a Garmin device or have a Volvo car equipped with Sensus Navigation, select the file DriveGuide_France.gpx;
    for TomTom devices choose the file DriveGuide_France.ov2.
  2. For Garmin users, use Garmin’s POI Loader utility and follow the instructions it gives you.
    You can download versions of this for Mac and Windows from here.
    Note: for technical reasons .gpx files may not show French accented characters correctly.
  3. For Volvo cars fitted with Sensus Navigation, copy the DriveGuide_France.gpx file to a USB key (max. 1GB).
    Make sure you have no other .gpx files in the same directory.
    In your car, plug in the USB key and go to:
              Navigation > Menu > Settings > Import/Export stored locations
    … then follow the instructions there to import the file from the USB key
  4. For TomTom users, copy the DriveGuide_France.ov2 file and the logo file DriveGuide_France.bmp to the main folder on your device or memory card where the map data is stored (eg Western Europe).
    You must keep the two files in the same directory and with the same names.
    If you use the TomTom app on an iOS device, you can copy the files to your device using a utility such as iMazing.
    Some car manufacturers, such as Mazda or Renault, use TomTom software for their OEM systems.

That’s it! Re-start your device and navigate to any location in the guide or look for them on the map just as you would with any other POI. For general help in using all types of POI, check the support pages on the website for your device.

How do I use the Points of Information on my home computer?

If you use a mapping program on your PC, such as Microsoft AutoRoute or MapPoint Europe, you can also display the locations of entries in the guide there. Simply save the ready-made map files for AutoRoute or MapPoint to your computer, and open them from within the program. There’s no configuration needed!

If you would like to visualise the locations in Google Maps, create a new map and import the data from the Veloce_France.csv file.
For Bing Maps, start with the Veloce_France.gpx file.

If you use a mapping program such as Microsoft AutoRoute or MapPoint Europe on your PC, you can also display the locations of entries in the guide there. Simply save the ready-made map files for AutoRoute or MapPoint to your computer and open them from within the program. There’s no configuration needed!

If you would like to visualise the locations in Google Maps, just copy the following URL and paste into Google Maps:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=18yQ5h8piTgpE0azqWW7-WDj_ffE&ll=45.79370719065576%2C3.0676300000000083&z=6

For advanced users …

If you own a different navigation device or smartphone mapping program to those mentioned above, it is possible to use online tools to convert the basic data into other formats, such as those shown at www.gps-data-team.com.

To do this, you will need to use the file DriveGuide_France.csv: save this file to your hard drive, and work from there.

Finally, for owners of some BMW and VW group cars, it is possible to import POI information into your car’s OEM navigation system using proprietary software from Pimp-My-Nav. The author has successively used this program, which has a straightforward graphical user interface, to import other POI information into a BMW system.
Disclaimer
Every attempt has been made to check the accuracy of supplied POI data and the functioning of the maps. The author has personally tested the TomTom data on an iPod Touch running the TomTom app, and the Volvo data on a Volvo Sensus Navigation in-car system, as well as the Microsoft desktop applications and Google Maps via a PC running Windows 10.

Your system may be different, however, and neither Veloce Publishing nor the author can take responsibility for any errors in the data or issues you may experience in installing and using these files.