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Navit - The OpenSource vector based navigation program

 
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KaZeR
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 4:19 am    Post subject: Navit - The OpenSource vector based navigation program Reply with quote

Hi people.

Navit is a car navigation system with routing engine.

It's modular design is capable of using vector maps of various formats for routing and rendering of the displayed map. It's even possible to use multiple maps at a time.

You can choose between a GTK+ or a SDL user interface which are designed to work well with touch screen displays. Points of Interest of various formats are displayed on the map.

The current vehicle position is either read from gpsd or directly from NMEA GPS sensors. In the modular_map cvs branch, you can even track multiple gps data sources.

The routing engine does not only calculates an optimal route to your destination, but also generates directions and even speaks to you using speechd.

Navit can use maps from OpenStreetMaps, Falk's Reiseplaner, or garmin.

The SDL Gui has a 3d view, really usefull for driving : http://www.kazer.org/navit/navit_full.mpg

You can see some screenshots of the SDL gui here : http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/vbimghost.php?do=viewimages&id=55727

You can grab the source code from cvs. See Navit's website : http://navit.sf.net

For the SDL Gui : it's not fully committed in CVS yet, you can grab it there : http://www.kazer.org/navit/navit_sdl.tgz

Comments welcome Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks very good.
Where do you get maps ? Are any US maps available ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can have 3 datas sources currently (and others may be added later) :
- Falk's reiseplaner, tested from 2005 to 2007/2008. You can buy them from amazon or eBay (See wiki link) Theses maps support 22 countries in the EMEA (Europe + North Africa)
- Garmin GPS. I don't have a garmin, nor live in the USA, but i believe they do have maps for you.
- OpenStreetMaps (http://www.openstreetmap.org) They have some datas for the USA, but to be used only as a complement yet.

Tiger support may be added later but it's not our current priority, (since we live in Europe). If you want to contribute a driver for theses maps, you're welcome to do so Smile

We've started recently a wiki which contains informations about where to get and how to install some maps. If you have a garmin, i'll write the part to use theses maps (you'll need the modular_map branch for Garmin).

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, i'd be happy to help you.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good enough.
Do you have separate pieces for nav and graphical part ?
If you have separate nav part I can integrate it into Python and use existing graphical bindings like pygame or pydfb. This way it will work with framebuffer with 3d acceleration on small devices like EPIA or similar.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jbors wrote:
Sounds good enough.
Do you have separate pieces for nav and graphical part ?
If you have separate nav part I can integrate it into Python and use existing graphical bindings like pygame or pydfb.


Yes we have Smile
In the modular_map branch, everything works as plugins.
It's quite easy to register a new plugin to act as a gui, or a graphic driver.
You can meet us on irc : irc://irc.freenode.org/navit

I'll also try to add some informations about that in the wiki.

jbors wrote:
This way it will work with framebuffer with 3d acceleration on small devices like EPIA or similar.

I have an epia sp1300, currently running X. Sounds really interesting Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey there. Some updates : a lot of work has been done on NavIt. Development is quite active. For more informations, maybe check our wiki ( http://navit.sf.net , link on the left side)

I didn't managed to get pyCar to run, so lately i've been using nGhost. Is pyCar still maintained?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PyCar was a basis for other projects I was doing but not active lately.
I'm keeping my eye on your project and really impressed with the progress.
I hope I can revive pycar soon and get navit working with it.
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