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playtimeCLE

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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 12:39:02 PM

Wouldn't it be cool if gas prices came up on stations on your GPS.
I'm no electrical genus, but I bet someone could make this happen.
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 4:54:10 PM

I can get gas prices on the map for the Android App. Is that not available on the iPhone?
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 4:51:24 PM

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You can get directons using the app for the iPhone by clicking on (opening) the station (and you're directed to a map app) but what playtimeCLE seems to be asking for is that gas prices be directed to a GPS. Are we talking two different issues?

I can, for example, get gas prices on my TomTom (if I choose to subscribe to the service). That's what playtimeCLE seemed to imply.
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 2:35:08 PM

Gas_Buddy wrote > This is something that has been discussed before in the Gas Buddy discussions and is something that the GPS manufactures would provide, not something that Gas Buddy would implement.

Actually, it is already implemented on the Android App. If you bring up station features, you can tap on Directions in the lower right hand corner of the screen to go to a GPS.
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 1:30:55 PM

Gas prices can (and do) come up on your GPS. That is, all major GPS manufacturers (Garmin, TomTom, Magellan, etc.) provide subscription service that will provide you gas prices (just as they will provide you live/real-time traffic). For example:

TomTom's Fuel Prices feature helps you find the lowest gas prices by identifying and ranking stations by price and location, and the GPS feature then provides turn-by-turn driving directions to the gas station with the best price. You will need a compatible TomTom "GO" model in-car GPS and a $14.95 per year subscription to the TomTom Fuel Prices service to use this feature.

This is something that has been discussed before in the Gas Buddy discussions and is something that the GPS manufactures would provide, not something that Gas Buddy would implement.

Some background on where where the GPS's get their data:

A simple check shows that the data provided on TomTom and Garmin GPS ultimately comes from the same company, OPIS (which, owns Gas Buddy LLC). With TomTom and Garmin there is a different “middle-man” providing the information to the GPS companies but both services rely on OPIS.

Unlike Gas Buddy, which gets it's price information from volunteer price postings from members (and to a much lesser degree, from GB Direct participating gas statons), OPIS monitors credit card receipts from a variety of commercial fleet operations. They take the data and can figure out which store the gas was purchased at, the date and time of the purchase, the grade of fuel, and the cost of the fuel. From that data they build up a database of current fuel prices around the country.

Because fleet operators are used, the majority of the gas purchased is Regular Unleaded. Not as much data is collected for Mid and Premium grade gasoline nor Diesel. The Garmin devices that rely on MSN Direct (rather than on ORBIS) only have data for Regular available to them. The TomTom devices can also receive reports for Mid, Premium, and Diesel (there is a preference setting you can switch) however there isn’t as much data for those grades so the data might not be available for as many stationsor might be slightly older. About 70,000 gas stations are tracked daily. TomTom says that “60% of Stations will report Regular Fuel price updates every 48 hours”.

As said above, a gas price subscription for TomTom owners is about $14.95 a year (based on the latest subscription offer I received). For users of Garmin GPS devices that work through the MSN Direct service, the service costs (or used to cost) $49.95 per year or $129.95 for “lifetime” and includes live traffic reports, weather, local movie times, etc. The service costs either $49.95 per year or $129.95 for “lifetime”. I don't have cost figures for Garmin GPS devices that use OPIS services.

The bottom line is that what you're asking for is already available, and what you're asking for isn't a Gas Buddy service, it's a GPS device service.
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