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In an emergency, how do I find and share my position?

If away from civilization (and I will count this particular instance as falling there), the real answer is to have either a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or a Spot/InReach device. They each have their ...
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Is it necessary to pay extra for navigation when renting a car in the US?

If you have a modern phone, you don't need to rent the GPS with the car. Just install a navigation app that supports offline maps (this includes Google Maps these days but there are others), and ...
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In an emergency, how do I find and share my position?

I'm amazed that the answers here are all reliant on technology. This is a problem that existed long before the advent of phones, GPS and satellite communications. The real answer is that you must be ...
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In an emergency, how do I find and share my position?

In some countries, AML (Advanced Mobile Location) will automatically send your location to the emergency services when you call them. However: This currently only works in 15 countries This may not ...
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Satellite navigation in Mongolia?

Same as anywhere else in the world, in terms of the space-based GPS system and receiving the signals from those satellites. The main difference would be with A-GPS (assisted GPS) which can use wifi ...
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GPS when flying over the ocean

There are some things you have to be aware of. For example, you might think that it's enough to turn your GPS on, start your app, and see your position, as simply as that. Well, not really! First of ...
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GPS when flying over the ocean

I use OsmAnd for this sort of thing. There's a base world map that's not super detailed at the city level, but is certainly more than adequate for tracking the location of any passenger flight. It's ...
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Satellite navigation in Mongolia?

GLONASS system provides a real-time map of integral availability for the current day. Availability is measured as the percentage of the time during the day when you could get a reasonably precise fix ...
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In an emergency, how do I find and share my position?

There's a really neat app I just discovered called what3words. It encodes your location (precise to 3x3 meters) as three words in the English language. The statue of liberty is encoded as toned.melt....
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Last fuel stop before airport

In Google Maps, while using the App to get directed for example to rental car return, you can search for locations 'on the way'. If you click 'Gas Stations', it shows gas stations along the way, with ...
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How to use google maps for arrival time, etc, WHILE ON public transportation?

Set the departure time in the past a little before you started the trip. This will produce your current trip as a result and the projected arrival time.
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Is there a Google Maps like app that shows directions and other people's progress along the same route?

Yes, for Google Maps you can share your position (Location sharing) with others (and they with you). I assume a Google Account is needed for both parties. This can be turned on and off when needed. ...
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Are there advantages to a dedicated GPS?

Disadvantages of cell phone GPS services: They rely heavily on cell phone and wifi access points for the initial fix. They are only as good as the maps on them; see for instance google maps vs. apple ...
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Is there a Google Maps like app that shows directions and other people's progress along the same route?

One can use the phone application Waze to see one's connections on the same map: https://youtu.be/hGDrzDw2a7s Note: https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=243565 It's not really live, it'...
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Are there advantages to a dedicated GPS?

My GPS works fine when I'm off the cell net. Around here that means highways other than the interstates. Every national park I have visited has at best been marginal for cell service, generally no ...
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Is it necessary to pay extra for navigation when renting a car in the US?

I'm going to add a 3rd option. Buy your own stand-alone GPS unit from a big box store in the US. Depending on how long your trip is, what data plan you have for your phone, or how much the GPS ...
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What is the number format for this location in Israel?

By plugging your latitude/longitude coordiantes into https://zvikabenhaim.appspot.com/software/ITM/, we see that they correspond pretty closely to your mystery coordinates in the Israel Cassini ...
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In an emergency, how do I find and share my position?

Jack of all trades vs master of one, and terrain Emergency Locator Transmitters are marvelous things, but the infrastructure to support a truly excellent one is fantastically expensive. As such, ...
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Is it necessary to pay extra for navigation when renting a car in the US?

If you don't have mobile internet access while in the US you have to resort to offline maps or to the car GPS, because you can't download maps on your phone as you navigate. I've rented a car in the ...
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In an emergency, how do I find and share my position?

If you've got a data signal and smartphone, in some countries the emergency services can send you a text (SMS) containing a link. You click the link, give the browser permission to send your location,...
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Is it necessary to pay extra for navigation when renting a car in the US?

Because Korea is extremely dense and that makes it easy to essentially 100% cover with cell phone service. The Grand Canyon has a vast wilderness, almost comparable to Siberia. Whether a car sat-nav ...
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How to use google maps for arrival time, etc, WHILE ON public transportation?

Forget Google Maps and download the Transit app. This app, in particular the Transit "Go" feature, understands the concept of you being on a public transport vehicle, and will give details ...
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Maps mobile app for China with offline feature

I had good experience in China with Maps.Me (no affiliation; that's the name of actual application on Google Play). It is free, open source, and it uses OSM maps. Works offline too. In some remote ...
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How can one can convert a Denso mapcode into GPS coordinates or a human-readable address?

I managed to find a site that does this conversion between numerous different formats, including plus codes. The site is located here http://saibara.sakura.ne.jp/map/convgeo.cgi Enter your map code ...
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Is it necessary to pay extra for navigation when renting a car in the US?

It mostly depends on what you would otherwise use for navigation. Also, consider that you are planning to travel to an area with a low population density (high risk of getting lost, as well as patchy ...
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Are there advantages to a dedicated GPS?

I find few reasons for buying a dedicated GPS now. Indeed I know of keen ramblers who use old (i.e. cheap, used) iPhones for back-country GPS positioning, and nothing else. Now many GPS units come ...
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Last fuel stop before airport

I don't know about the UK, but in the US there are several apps like GasBuddy which specifically list fuel stations. While they're not sufficiently specific to show 'last stop' only, if you simply ...
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How do I enter a Portugal address into a Garmin Satnav?

Using postcodes to reach specific fine-gained locations on a map works in some European countries (the UK for example) but does not work in most since the granularity varies considerably (in Italy ...
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