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Any idea if TomTom will ever support Map Codes (http://www.mapcode.com)? Especially for searching (i.e. to be able to search for a map code on a TomTom device)?

Map Codes must be the most brilliant invention since GPS itself. Here's an example. My address (don't worry - this is just the address to the complex I live in) is either:

Corner of Wagenaar Road and Ferero street, Edenglen, Edenvale, Guateng, South Africa (actually 36 Ferero street, or 34-38 Wagenaar Road, but the corner is easier to find),

OR

K95.J6M

You tell me which is easier to enter into a GPS, or read to someone over the telephone????

PS- yes, I know - if you are searching internationally, its ZAF K95.J6M, but within South Africa, all I need to tell you is K95.J6M, and you will be within a metre or two of the gate to my townhouse complex! No guessing of street name spelling, struggling figuring out how to enter "corner of", etc, etc.
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Best answer by Niall 25 April 2017, 12:51

@daletowe

Mapcodes are already implemented on your device 🙂 See pages 48,54, and 65 of the manual http://download.tomtom.com/open/manuals/gox20x/refman/TomTom-GO-EU-RG-en-gb.pdf

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Have you tried entering the map code when searching? Should work on your device.
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@daletowe

Mapcodes are already implemented on your device 🙂 See pages 48,54, and 65 of the manual http://download.tomtom.com/open/manuals/gox20x/refman/TomTom-GO-EU-RG-en-gb.pdf
To be honest, no! I didnt even think of trying because it only supports "addresses" and POI's. Will try later today and report back. Will be FANTASTIC if it works!

Thanks!
Thanks! I didn't even think to try it! This is AWESOME! 🙂
I really hope Map Codes will "take off". The value to courier companies and emergency services alone must be phenomenal. Would cut down confusion 1000%
I recently "discovered" Mapcodes and thought the same, a fantastic way to navigate, but having spent a week in France touring and not able to get my Tom Tom to recognise a mapcode i am a little dissapointed. Just how do you enter a mapcode into Tom Tom or google ?
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Entering map codes is already supported on the latest PND models for some years. For example, PBT.95H will bring you to some street in Drunen, the Netherlands.
Megalos, thank you for your time and reply but, telling me you can do it does me no good unless you tell me HOW to input the mapcode into my TomTom (model 4AA63).
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Hi, please find the model number using this link: http://www.tomtom.com/12214, I don't know what that number combination means.
Thank you for your help, i have a START 62 and the original box does say Model Name 4AA63
I hope that helps.
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Mm, strange. I thought that model should also support Map Codes. Do you see a similar screen as the one below? If not, what kind of screen do you get instead?

I will have to go and plug it into my Camper, I purchased it in Frankfurt, September 2016.
Should i use the menu, then drive to ?
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Mm, I think I know what is going on. When I tap Menu > Search, I don't get the Address, POI and Coordinates categories. You get those, right? I can search anything and I don't have to specify what (the screenshot above is what I get after tapping Menu > Search). But if you choose one of those three options on your model, it seems that Map Codes are not supported. I have a GO 5100, which might be the reason.

It looks like the cheaper Start models do not support Map Codes. But that would not be fair at all if you ask me. I'll try if I can get this confirmed somewhere. If it's indeed like that, it would be a good suggestion for TomTom to also add Map Code support for those Start models.
I thank you for your time, i appreciate it.
No, when i start the process, > Drive to> the next screen is "Address" "P.O.I" "Lat - Long" i do not get a search option.
The reason we have this model is because, long story if your interested.
My "Go 720" did just fine getting us from the Uk to Amsterdam (Durgerdam), upon leaving Durgerdam we had lost all the maps, nothing in the dam thing except "Gran Canaria" ? so we had to navigate to Frankfurt the old fashioned way, Frankfurt City was not easy. anyway we found a shop and made a distress purchase, we just wanted anything to get us around Germany and Switzerland, the sales person said this was the best model. It did it's job ok but now i have discovered Mapcodes i want to use them as they are so accurate.
We returned from Brugge on Monday and the Start 62 did not even recognise the address for the Ferry at Dunkirke.
I find it hard to believe that the guy's who invented TomTom and also devised Mapcodes do not make it an option on all their models if they want their customers to have a seamless and easy navigation system. The mind boggles at their lack of forethought.
Do i really have to buy a different model TomTom to get the Mapcode facility ?
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Thanks for the story 🙂.

The Start models are entry-level models, so not 'the best model' (in terms of performance and options). Just entering addresses should be similar on all models, but Map Codes is only for the more expensive models it seems. Do you remember the exact address you wanted to enter? I can check on the GO5100 if you want.

I agree that Map Codes should be available on all models, not just the more expensive ones. Let me wait for the answers I asked TT about this. I'll update you here.
Thank's again, i have been looking at the TT website and the products, i wanted to see if they promoted Mapcodes for any of their model's, i could not see Mapcodes mentioned on their website for any of the products or models ? Very strange.
We have just been traveling around France and Belgium so there was no particular code i needed but i did get the mapcode for each of the places we stayed at. try France GS5.9CQ
tHIS IS A CAMPSITE IN aMIENS fRANCE. Sorry about the caps loc
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Hi Ethoz, which model is this screenshot taken from? And how did you get to this screen?
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Ah, okay. But we're talking about a Start 62 here. On the Android or iPhone app it's indeed possible.
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Yes, but be aware that the prefix FRA or an international Mapcode may be required.
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Okay, I got confirmation that Map Codes are not supported by the Start models unfortunately. I filed a suggestion for improvement.
Thank you guy's, I have been playing with the TT and trying to get Long & Lat's into it, even that is not easy.
I have the Mapcode app on my phone and i find that quite good, the lat & long it gives you will go into the Start 62 but you have to add a Zero to the digital number Mapcode shows when you enter it into the TT.
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Megalos wrote:

Entering map codes is already supported on the latest PND models for some years. For example, PBT.95H will bring you to some street in Drunen, the Netherlands.

I only just noticed this thread. I frequently use Mapcodes.
I'd just like to point out that they are not only supported on "the latest PND models" but are certainly used on older NAV3 models, such as the Start 20 series.

The problem may be that the manual for these devices either don't or hardly mention them. I only really came across them when I saw them on my Start 25 GPS status page. So in that sense it does sometimes feel as though 'TomTom don't support them' (even though they were invented by two of the original TomTom employees) and does leave you guessing as to how to use them.

On the NAV3 range, it is simple. You enter them here:

... Address > City/Code:

In other words, although "Code" is usually taken to mean postcode, it can just as well mean Mapcode.

I too wish they were more universal (used by other PND companies) then everyone could use the same convenient, easy system for location information. Commercial destinations (hotels, pubs, shops etc) could include their Mapcode along with their normal address. That was the original hope behind Mapcodes, but they seem to have a very low public profile. Very occasionally I have seen commercial and other premises include their (less convenient) GPS coordinates, but I can never remember seeing anyone publish their Mapcode.

Still, if you have coordinates and are faced with having to transcribe them into your SatNav, you could copy and paste them directly into say, the UK Mapcode map, which accepts GPS coordinates, UK Postcodes and Mapcodes directly. This allows you to then see the Mapcode, or move the 'pin' around on the map to where you want it exactly to get the Mapcode. You even get a Map/Satellite view.
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The TomTom Route Planner doesn't seem to accept them (unless I'm doing it wrongly).

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