Track Classifications

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 27, 2022 at 21:31
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I have been using Exploreoz for some time now and think it’s the bees knees. I am far from an expert in it’s use however. On a recent trip I noticed that a lot of the tracks that I was planning on using were actually private roads. I suspect that this a ”feature” of the map set, but I’ll ask anyway. Is there any way to differentiate between public and private roads/tracks. Once I became aware of this it is obvious that the detail is so good that it shows a lot of driveways for properties and through_roads etc. These are great to see in some instances but at other times they can lead you down the wrong path.
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Reply By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Thursday, Jul 28, 2022 at 05:49

Thursday, Jul 28, 2022 at 05:49
Just out of interest following your post, I expanded Google Maps on a farm area that I once owned.
It shows similar features that only a land owner would be aware of.
I suspect, that these times, many tracks are picked up from satellite mapping. These farm tracks would never have been seen otherwise.
Most likely, that is how you have located these private tracks. The onboard navigation system on my 2018 BT50 also shows many of these private tracks.
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Reply By: 1392 - Monday, Aug 01, 2022 at 15:56

Monday, Aug 01, 2022 at 15:56
Great question. I too have been disappointed to find a prospective camp spot has a locked gate across it. Not much fun when the sun has disappeared below the horizon. Once bitten, twice shy - make sure Icamp where I can see, not where I think I might!
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Reply By: Briste - Monday, Aug 01, 2022 at 22:40

Monday, Aug 01, 2022 at 22:40
I also think highly of EOT, but it's because of this precise issue that I mentioned in another thread I'm looking to complement EOT by another app, so I can get a second opinion about whether a track is a genuinely viable option. For campsites I cross-check with Wikicamps.

As I understand it, EOT draws its base mapping data from the OSM project, which is the source of these inaccessible tracks . Is that correct?
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Aug 02, 2022 at 08:35

Tuesday, Aug 02, 2022 at 08:35
Middo, welcome to the real world. There are no maps where each feature is individually eyeballed. They are taken from aerial photographs (the earlier maps) or satellite imaging. The resolution of those sources is not good enough to pick up locked gates. This applies to Hema maps as well where they support teams to drive the tracks and verify the remote sensing and thus improve the accuracy. If you are going to use these guidance systems you must also be prepared to live with their shortcomings.

You can do what the others do, use the forum to ask about a route you intend to use. You will see, from time to time, where others report inaccuracies in the maps, you can also contribute to improve the accuracy of the systems we use.

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Reply By: Member - wicket - Tuesday, Aug 02, 2022 at 09:40

Tuesday, Aug 02, 2022 at 09:40
I have found on a few of the Getlost maps that some of the private tracks are distinguished by colour, only a few though !
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Follow Up By: 1392 - Wednesday, Aug 03, 2022 at 16:33

Wednesday, Aug 03, 2022 at 16:33
They must be the maps I have! I regularly get lost but now have Exploroz to find out the exact location where; after the event.

I rigged up a 'tablet holder' adjacent to the front passenger seat so that I could monitor where I was at any given time with Exploroz running. After nearly running off the road a couple of times looking at the tablet instead of the road, I decided that following the tried and tested 'lost maps' methods was far safer.
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Reply By: Member - Warren H - Wednesday, Aug 03, 2022 at 08:48

Wednesday, Aug 03, 2022 at 08:48
If you really wanted to plan in great detail you could look at the Parish/Cadastre maps with property boundaries, something like Oziexplorer could probably import them. I'd like to see a navigation program that has some simple map layer features so you could superimpose topo and sat images. There are public domain GIS programs that do this and the exported map could be imported into the nav program, but the learning curve is steep.
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