About the App

This app lets you send an address from Google Maps directly to the navigation system of your vehicle so you don't have to manually type it in. This functionality exists in the web version of Google Map, but not in the Android version. This app brings the Send To Car feature to Android.

Download

Install the app on your mobile device by visiting Google Play.

Alternatively, the app can be downloaded from SourceForge.

Source Code

The source code is available on the SourceForge code repository.

How to Use

  1. Start the Google Maps app on your Android device. Search or select a destination point on the map.
  2. Click the bubble to view details about the point. At the bottom of the details page, select "Share this place".
  3. In the list of possible actions, select "Send to Car".
  4. Once the address has been loaded by Send To Car, select your vehicle make and the account identifier (this could be the user name you use to log in to your vehicle manufacturer's web portal or your mobile phone number).
    If you want, you can edit the name of the destination before sending it.
    Then click the "Send" button and away it goes!
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Supported Brands

The following car brands work in the entire world.

The following car brands work in the US.

Ford and GM brands currently don't work in Canada. They haven't rolled out their connectivity services to Canada yet.

The following car brands work in Europe.

The following aftermarket GPS systems are supported in the US.

Supported Countries

The Send To Car feature is enabled by Google for the following countries.

USA, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom

For countries outside this list, you can still use the worldwide brands listed above, but it is not certain it will work.

Troubleshooting

Sending from Desktop Computer

If you are having trouble using the Send To Car app, try sending a destination to your car using Google Maps on a desktop/laptop computer.

  1. Open Google Maps
  2. Search for a destination
  3. In the line that says "Directions Search nearby more", click the more menu, then Send, then Car. Alternatively, you can click the chain icon, then Send, then Car.
  4. Select your car make, then send the destination.

See if you can get it to work on Google Maps, then try again with the app.

Ford, Lincoln, Mercury (SYNC)

The username is the 10-digit phone number associated with your Sync account. After sending the destination with your phone, push the Sync voice command button and say "Services" to download the address into your nav system.

Ford stopped their partnership with Google Maps, but this app has been updated to bring back support to those brands by sending to a MapQuest server.

GM (OnStar)

OnStar stopped their partnership with Google Maps, but this app has been updated to bring back support to GM brands by opening a browser to the OnStar website with the destination address.

Toyota in Europe

If you don't see Toyota in the list of cars, this is probably because your phone locale (combination of language and country) is not set to a European country. This is especially likely for people setting their phone in English (US), but using it in another country like Germany. In order to set the language and country separately, take a look at the MoreLocale2 app on Google Play.

Hyundai

I don't know which username should be used for sending a destination to a Hyundai car and several people wrote asking me this information. If you sucessfully send a destination to a Hyundai, can you please email the author, Julien Vanier, and let me know?

Citroën

Citroën stopped their partnership with Google. It is no longer possible to send destinations to Citroën cars in Europe.

MINI

It is possible to use Send To Car to send a destination to a MINI Connected account. However, it is currently only possible to download the destination to the car using an Apple device (MINI currently only allows connecting Apple devices to their cars). One user sucessfully downloaded a destination sent from an Android phone using Send To Car to their car by using an iPod Touch running the MINI Connected app and connecting to the Internet by tethering to their Android phone.

Galaxy Nexus with Ford

A workaround for the Galaxy Nexus firmware bug in Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) that prevented from sending a destination to a Ford vehicle with a 4G connection was implemented. If you still have issues on Android 4.1 or 4.2 with a Galaxy Nexus for Ford, please contact the developer by email.

Contact Information

You can email the author, Julien Vanier, directly.

Credits

Programming:Julien Vanier
Graphics:Étienne Vanier
French:Julien V
Spanish:Alan M
German:Christian G
Portuguese:Leandro M
Russian:Andrew B

License

Copyright 2012, Julien Vanier

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.