Meshtastic LoRa Support - Buddy Tracking/Group Ride
Meshtastic is an open source project to create on off-grid mesh packet communicator. If GaiaGPS could make use of Meshtastic or LoRa in general to provide buddy tracking that would be an amazing feature for me.
I love GaiaGPS for snowmobiling, mountain biking, and offroading. Layering in avalanche risk with timber harvests and land boundaries is extremely useful. What would truly make it a killer app for me would be if it supported Buddy Tracking/Group Ride in some way, which does make Polaris' Ride Command a feature that straight up sells snowmobiles for them.
An example of something like this that has already been done is an open source plugin that forwards Meshtastic GPS data to Android Team Awareness Kit. Unfortunately for me ATAK's mapping and layering isn't as convenient or good as GaiaGPS.
If a plugin system existed I'd gladly work on adding this functionality myself, but in its absence here's a feature request for you to add it.
I meant to mention in the original post, but there's an existing feature request for APRS support, which has similar use cases and probably similar functionality requirements.
100% agree with you on this request!
They refuse to do APRSdroid because they say it's too niche, but this could be used on both Apple and Android; and doesn't require users to be licensed. And a Meshtastic device costs less than $30.
As annoyed as I've been by their refusal to even consider implementing the single most requested (by a looooooong shot) feature, I feel like Meshtastic would be an even better solution, and I'd pretty much forget about APRSdroid at that point. Meshatastic has a much lower barrier for entry, and a lot more potential, IMHO.
That would be great! Even tho ATAK is a powerful tool, it is tricky and need a lot of management. Integrating Meshtastic to GAIA would be a big plus to who they are targeting as customers in the first place.
I am also one of those that requested APRSDroid. I would be ready to let go of it if Meshtastic was implemented. Finger crossed
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