What is snap to road?

What is snap to road?

At Track My Ride, we understand that accuracy is essential when it comes to tracking your journeys. That's why we've developed the Snap to Road feature, a powerful tool that enhances the precision of your GPS traces by aligning them with the closest road. In this article, we'll explain how this feature works and how it can benefit you.

What is Snap to Road?

Snap to Road is a cutting-edge feature that helps ensure your recorded GPS traces accurately follow the roads you travel on. GPS data can sometimes be imprecise due to various factors such as signal interference, weather and underlying technology limitations. With Snap to Road, we aim to provide you with a more accurate representation of your routes.

How does it work?

The Snap to Road feature operates by leveraging advanced algorithms and mapping data. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of how it works:

  1. Collect GPS Data: First, when you record a journey using Track My Ride, your GPS tracker continuously records your location as latitude and longitude coordinates.

  2. Mapping Data: We utilise comprehensive mapping data, which includes detailed road networks and geographical information. This data is periodically updated to ensure accuracy as new roads are made and modified.

  3. Algorithmic Matching: The Snap to Road algorithm compares your GPS coordinates with the mapping data. It then calculates the closest road segment to each coordinate point.

  4. Point-to-Road Matching: For each recorded GPS point, the algorithm adjusts its position to snap it onto the closest road segment. This ensures that your journey accurately follows the road, even if the GPS signal briefly drifts.

  5. Smoothed Path: The feature smoothens the path by connecting the adjusted points, resulting in a clean and precise representation of your route.

If your original data cannot be matched to the road network, it is displayed as originally recorded.

Why use Snap to Road?

Here are some of the key benefits of using the Snap to Road feature:

  • Accuracy: By aligning your GPS traces with actual roads, you get a more accurate picture of your journey.

  • Cleaner Data: Eliminate GPS signal noise and inaccuracies, leading to a cleaner and more visually appealing route display.

  • Detailed Analysis: Whether you're monitoring a fleet of vehicles, or analysing travel data, Snap to Road ensures that your data is as accurate as possible

Snap to road makes a best guess of the path travelled. You can always turn the snapping on/off to view the original route at the click of a button.

How to Use Snap to Road?

  1. Open the Track My Ride app.
  2. On the main map, click the Magnet icon (It's turned on when the magnet is coloured in).
  3. Enjoy the improved accuracy and visualisation of your route!


With the Snap to Road feature at your disposal, you can trust that your GPS-tracked journeys are more accurate than ever. Say goodbye to erratic route displays and hello to precision and clarity. Enhance your tracking experience with Track My Ride's Snap to Road feature today!

If you encounter any issues or have further questions about using this feature, don't hesitate to reach out to our support team. We're here to help you make the most of your tracking experience.

Happy tracking!