RE: Maps & Charge Points
I took the plunge and connected my car's sd card to my computer yesterday. This time their server wasn't down and a software update took place. Rummaging through the uttery unintuitive menus I managed to update speed cameras. I avoided the map updates as I don't have that much spare cash. Then in a separate menu I actually found - for the first time - an option to update chargepoints. It was a worryingly small file but I did it. Now all that's left is to try it and see if it's done anything!
Looking on Leaft**k (am I allowed to mention that here?) one of the members is on Plugsurfing, and lives in Banbury. I reckon I'll have to make contact in case I need the facility again. I've also tried to register my house on the site but, like others have found, a confirmation email never appeared. Shame, the idea is great.
Not one to give up, I had another go today and have managed to register my chargepoint as available. I even got that email saying it will appear on their site when they do their next data update.
P.S. Is Plugsurfing the same as Plugshare? Or are there two similar apps for contacting other EV users in order to use thier chargepoint?
I've got the answer to that, too. Similar but trying to install the app on my two android phones - one said Google services needed updating. It was and it doesn't make any difference. Google services has been deleted off the second phone as it's so memory hungry and the phone is challenged in that regard so that was a no-no.
There's also a problem with Plugsurfing for android, it requires a newer version than 3.3 and won't download. However one phone had it downloaded a few months ago successfully and it appears to run, so I don't know what's going on there. The app is a cutdown version of Plugsurfing, so you need a computer to register yourself and your chargepoint. Then (hopefully) the app will show it. I'm holding my breath!
I do wonder whether all this faffing around is worthwhile. If you find a point, get directed to it, check it's got the right plug or socket and it actaully works, plus you've got the right card to access it, I bet there's an ICE parked there all day to stop you!