gpsdrive files

GpsDrive is Free GPS navigation software for Linux, Mac, and UNIX.


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OpenStreetMap dataset:

OpenStreetMap's XML data to GRASS 6 vector import script and errors:
(requires GRASS 6.1 or newer)

The image to the right (click to enlarge) shows OSM Segments as grey lines and Routes (ways) as thick blue lines. My script is intended for use with GRASS 6.1's vector network modules (road names, one ways, shortest path routing, travelling salesman problem, etc.), so only valid routes are of use to us. The segment road network can of course be connected with and cleaned with v.clean for backdrop use or as the basis for an automated route labeling frontend.

You can generate the segment vector map from the above script. The route vector map is much smaller and takes a fair bit more processing to create, so I will provide a GRASS location* containg the "planet_rte" vector map and linked database. <download> (1mb). Google only lets me serve 10mb at a time, so a GRASS location containing the OSM segments built into poly-lines needs to be downloaded in two parts: <part 1> <part 2> (7mb ea.). Reconstitute with:

cat osm_rte_polyseg_* > openstreetmap_rte_polyseg_2006_05.tgz

md5sum: fd80e59cb249157c84d164d9bcaff177

[*] Map projection is Lat/Lon WGS84 (EPSG code 4326)

I have not included anything west of the Atlantic as the information derived from the US Census Bureau TIGER dataset makes it way to huge. My script is just a prototype and would need to be rewritten in a compiling interpreter language (awk, perl, python, C, etc...) in order to be fast enough to handle that. My main intention in writing the script was to demonstrate the process. TIGER data can be imported directly into GRASS via OGR using the module.

Here's an earlier awk script for osm2shp by Alex Willmer.

To rank and display raw segments by length in GRASS 6.1 (or newer), create a new DB table for the "planet_seg" vector map (created from the script) with v.db.addtable and upload the lengths using You can then do statistical analyisis on them with v.univar or selectively display or extract the longer segments with a SQL query. e.g.:

d.vect planet_seg where="length > 1000" color=red

The cleaned vector maps can be exported with v.out.ogr, e.g. to a Shapefile for use with TerraGear.

The coastline data in the above image is from the ESRI demo "admin98" shapfile and imported with You can grab it from Mapping Hacks, and a description of contents can be found here.

Map Creation:

NASA Blue Marble GRASS import and gpsdrive backdrop creation instructions.

With the advent of WMS servers, for city-wide map scales it is probably better to only fetch the satellite data you need. There are two GRASS modules to do this, and You'll probabaly want to use to fetch LANDSAT-7 "visible" data at 30m resolution and enhance the coloring with i.landsat.rgb before exporting with d.out.gpsdrive. Details here and here.

GRASS GIS d.out.gpsdrive backdrop creator help page.

Blue Marble possibles:

(click to enlarge)

Positioning Test:

Here's a new GpsDrive backdrop image for the Tasman Sea:

top_TasmanSea.jpg -33.500000 160.875000 8867948

NZ and AU Airports as waypoints: way_tasman_airports.txt.gz

[derived from the database, please read their disclaimer]

Screenshot of these airports with the top_Australia.png map.

Looks ok to me!

GeoTIFF to GPSDrive tiles

NOAA Nautical Chart 12326 "Approaches to NY Harbor" imported from a
BSB raster downloaded from NOAA's website, converted into GeoTIFF
using gdalwarp, and sliced into GpsDrive tiles using

Here's a script to convert a large GeoTIFF into registered gpsdrive 1280x1024 tiles, including a scaling file. It relies on the gdal_translate utility from It may be worth investigating if gdal2tiles is a better solution. The same method can be used to slice up any of GDAL's many supported raster formats.

Here is the mailing list thread explaining the workflow for the BSB nautical chart example.
Correction to that post: do not use COMPRESS with gdalwarp. If you want to compress it use gdal_translate to write to another file with the compression instruction, then delete the uncompressed GeoTiff.

GpsDrive 2.10svn for Debian/Etch

GpsDrive 2.10pre8.svn 2010-01-30 (r2527) build for Debian/Etch: