Google Maps Has Changed Things Regarding GPS Mapping Sites

Google Maps Has Changed Things Regarding GPS Mapping Sites

Over the past week I have seen significant changes at the two online GPS mapping sites I use. One is RWGPS and the other is Plot-a-route. I’m a basic (free) member with both services. The first change to hit me was when RWGPS stopped letting me add POI icons to my maps. At the same time RWGPS forbid me from editing the cue sheet entries. But yesterday I tried to upload a TCX file with cue sheet entries I had edited in Plot-a-route, and found I was no longer going to be allowed to upload such files into RWGPS.

To make matters worse, Plot-a-route has quit using Google maps and now uses open-source maps. This changes the dynamic a bit. I’ll get used to it. But yesterday and today I am messaging 4 days worth of bike rides and I’m not that skilled with the sites at present. After reading a blog post at Plot-a-route I was informed that all these changes are a result of Google starting to charge for the use of their maps.

I wonder how this will all shake out?

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