One of my favorite navigation apps for use in the backcountry, Gaia GPS, is now compatible with Google’s in-vehicle user interface, Android Auto. As the first backcountry navigation app to offer such an integration, Gaia GPS offers many additional features that aren’t found in standard GPS navigation applications.
The ability to view any of the multiple map layers on your infotainment screen is the most obvious benefit of utilizing Gaia in your vehicle via Android Auto. This means that you can bring up satellite, Gaia Topo, Nat Geo Trails Illustrated, MUVM, and additional map layers right on the screen in your center console. You can also utilize these layers with turn-by-turn navigation, and all of these features can even be used offline.
“The Gaia GPS development team took to the trails, navigating backroads to thoroughly develop and test all of Android Auto’s new features and capabilities,” said Software Engineer and Android Auto project lead Sasha Heinen. “We can’t wait for users to do the same.”
Additional features include dark mode, HUD map overview with a more detailed view on your phone’s screen, landmarks like viewpoints, land boundaries, trailheads, and restrooms, and navigation all the way from the freeway to your final destination at camp.
Learn more about the Gaia GPS Android Auto integration on the Gaia GPS help forum.
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