Category Archives: T4A product news

Tracks4Africa now on Ford’s navigation systems

Exciting news for overland travellers is that Tracks4Africa maps are now included as a standard map in the new Ford South Africa range of vehicles which are fitted with the SYNC 3 navigation system. The Ford Ranger (one of SA’s top selling vehicles) and Everest models were recently upgraded with the SYNC 3 system.

Johann Groenewald, Managing Director of T4A, is very excited about this development since it has been in the pipeline for some time. “Ford approached us two years ago about the possibility of including our maps into their in-car navigation system and early last year I was involved in testing our map on their system. After a few small tweaks from our side Ford went ahead with production and they have now included our map in their SYNC 3 system.” Continue reading Tracks4Africa now on Ford’s navigation systems

Celebrating 10 years of GPS mapping!

With the current 16.10 map release, all at Tracks4Africa are celebrating the sale of our GPS maps in the retail market for a full decade! The new release will be available in major outdoor retail shops and from our online shop from mid October.

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We received 555 data submissions from loyal users to create this version which not only means more roads and points of interest on the map, but also corrections to the existing map and data. The overall quality of the map has once again improved significantly.

We now cover:

  • 1 117 780km of fully navigable roads, covering the whole of Africa
  • 3 845 campsites (the most complete camping data base in Africa)
  • 156 753 points of interest
  • 1 452 protected areas such as national parks and game reserves
  • 13 397 accommodation listings
  • 10 562 fuel stops
  • 6 141 places to eat or drink

Continue reading Celebrating 10 years of GPS mapping!

How we make maps

Map growth over the last couple of years
Map growth over the last couple of years

This October we are celebrating 10 years of selling GPS maps in the retail market.  We actually started with our first commercial maps back in 2005 but it was only until 2006 that we launched the first maps on a CD and then later migrated to SD card.

While designing the new cover I thought about the last decade and how things have changed.  At the heart of T4A maps is  community mapping but the technology made it possible to do so much more than what we used to ten years ago.

The basic idea

Tracks4Africa started out by sharing tracks and waypoints and from this data we later started building a map which grows organically as people travel and contribute data or comment on aspects of the maps which needs to be updated. Continue reading How we make maps