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GPS map orientation question

Dexterryu

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Nov 14, 2017
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Quick question...

I've had my M3 for 3 weeks now and finally drove someplace where I needed to use the GPS. I noticed that the map orientation doesn't change and it caused a bit of confusion.

I noticed that it always stays North up/ South Down. So when I was peaking at my next turn as I was heading south that it was left on my screen, but the actual turn was a right turn. Not a big deal, but it caused me to be in the wrong lane for the turn and we had to find a spot to turn around.

Other than that... the Navigation was great. I just had to listen and not look at the map.

Anyhow... is there a way to get it so the car arrow is always pointing up regardless of which direction I'm going so Rights/Lefts aren't reversed?
 

dsvick

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Jun 10, 2016
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Obligatory .... RTFM :D

There is an entire section on "Maps and Navigation" in the manual where it explains this and other features.
 
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ewoodrick

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I absolutely hate a map being in direction up mode. Spinning on to an interstate is a great example of not knowing where you are at or going as the map does a 270.
 

Dan Detweiler

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I absolutely hate a map being in direction up mode. Spinning on to an interstate is a great example of not knowing where you are at or going as the map does a 270.
I guess each to his/her own. That's why we have choices. For me, my years flying got me used to moving maps on the GPSs in airplanes. Makes it easier for me to determine "Am I turning right or left up ahead?".

Dan
 

ilg

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For me, my years flying got me used to moving maps on the GPSs in airplanes.
Every moving map I ever used in an airplane (mostly, various incarnations of Garmin equipment) had the same option: north up or track up.

In my opinion, track up gives a better tactical picture, while north up is more strategic. It all depends on how you're using the map.
 

dsvick

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I much prefer the map being oriented properly so that it spins as I move, that's a hold over from my Marine Corps days and land navigation.
 

tzchang

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Sep 14, 2018
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Prior to V9, I can have map set to North Up when no route planned(nav off) and Driving Direction Up when in route navigation(nav on). However, after V9 update, you can only select North Up or Driving Up for both nav on/off. I really hope they can bring the capability to set two different map orientations when nav on and nav off......
 
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drbabar

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on the update, it still shows the next turn direction on the L side of the screen, even on north up mode. that's what I use now. always used to use track up on my previous car.
 

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