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Planning and Uploading a Ride with RIDE COMMAND

You can plan a ride on your vehicle's display or on the Polaris App or RIDE COMMAND website. 

Ride Planning on the Website
1. To plan a route, visit the RIDE COMMAND website on a computer.

2. Log in to your Polaris account. 

3. Navigate to the MAP tab. 

4. Select PLAN RIDE from the left side of the screen.

plan ride

You can also plan a ride by navigating to the RIDES/PLACES tab and selecting PLAN. 

5. Select the trail type. 

  • For Off-Road trails, you can pick trails specific to your vehicle or select "All Off-Road Trails." 
  • For Snow trails, all trail types are selected by default. 

ride planning trail type

Note: Be sure the "Snap to Trail" option (shown below) is enabled unless you wish to plan the route manually. 

snap to trail

6. Find the desired trail or ride area and click on the map to add your starting point (1). Note: Start and end points can be on or off the actual trail, but they must be within 500 meters of a trail for routing to work. 

ride planning

7. After the starting point has been placed, the user can add a second point by clicking on the desired location on the map.  

ORV ride planning

Once tapped, you can move the point by clicking and dragging it.  

When you stop moving the point, the screen will show a dashed lined (shown above) with spinning icons that indicate the route is being generated.  

RIDE COMMAND will show the optimal route between the two points. Click "ADD" if you are happy with the route. 

edit waypoint

Once a point has been added, tapping on the point will bring up the waypoint details. You can edit or delete a waypoint from here.

8. From the menu on the right, you can edit or delete a waypoint, name the ride and reorder waypoints by rearranging their order in the list. This is also where you can save the planned ride.

save ride

9. Public waypoints, custom waypoints, areas and track rides can all be included in the route. To use a public waypoint, click on the waypoint and click "ADD."

add public waypoint

10. Once two or more waypoints have been added, you can adjust the route to take different paths to the desired waypoint. To do this, click on the route between the two waypoints and drag the dashed line to the trail segment you want to use.

This will create a control point that will trigger RIDE COMMAND to recalculate the route. The control point (white dot) can be moved again if you would like to see other routing options. It can also be turned into a stop or waypoint by hovering over the control point and clicking ADD.

Ride Command control point

11. Once satisfied with your route, name it, add any notes and click SAVE.

Once your ride has been planned, you can choose whether to show or hide it on the map. To hide the planned ride from the map, navigate the MAP tab and expand the drop-down menu. To hide planned rides, toggle the switch next to Routes. To hide other elements like tracked rides, saved places (waypoints) and areas, toggle the slider next to the element you wish to hide. 

map features

Ride Planning on the App
Open the Polaris App and log in to your account. 

2. Once logged in, navigate to the Map page. Select TOOLS.

tools menu

3. Click PLAN RIDE.

plan ride

4. Select the trail type: Off-Road or Snow. 

For Off-Road trails, you can pick trails specific to your vehicle, or select "All Off-Road Trails." For Snow trails, all trail types are selected by default. 

Note: Be sure the "Snap to Trail" option (shown under TOOLS when you've begun planning your route) is enabled unless you wish to plan the route manually. 

ORV trails   snow trails

5. Tap the map to drop a waypoint or search for a location to choose where the ride will begin. Note: Start and end points can be on or off the actual trail, but they must be within 500 meters of a trail for routing to work. 

starting waypoint

When satisfied with your starting point, press START HERE. The waypoint will be added to your ride. 

6. Add the destination or another stop. Repeat this step until your route includes all the stops you desire. 

To edit a route between one waypoint and another, click the line that connects them. Follow the directions to move the route to the desired position.

adjust route

7. When satisfied with your ride, click OK at the bottom of the screen. This will open a pop-up menu where you can name the route. 

route planning

To edit the waypoints in your route, click on the waypoint from the pop-up menu. 

route planning

Once selected, click on the pencil icon to re-locate or rename your waypoint. 

route save

8. When satisfied with your route, select SAVE. 

save route

9. The route will save. You can access your new ride and other planned rides by navigating to the RIDES tab and selecting ROUTES. 

Note: To see your planned rides on the map screen, enter the TOOLS menu and toggle the switch next to Planned Rides to be ON. 

Uploading a Route to the Vehicle
There are several ways to load your planned route to the vehicle display. On vehicles with a 2019 and newer 7" Display powered by RIDE COMMAND, you can transfer a ride to your vehicle via USB or tethering. For instructions on syncing data between the RIDE COMMAND Cloud and your vehicle with your phone, read Syncing RIDE COMMAND Data

To download and transfer a route via USB, follow these steps. 

1. Go to the RIDES/PLACES tab on the RIDE COMMAND homepage. 

rides and places tab

2. Select your ride(s) and choose DOWNLOAD in the pop-up menu. 

download route

The file will download as a GPX file, shown below.

g p x file

3. Once downloaded, transfer the file to an exFAT® or FAT32 formatted USB flash drive. For help, read Formatting a USB to FAT32 or exFAT®.

Uploading a Route to the Vehicle from Your Computer

1. Turn your vehicle's key ON to boot up the display. Note: You do not need to start the vehicle.

2. Plug the USB flash drive into the USB port. The location of your USB port depends on your vehicle. Consult your Owner's Manual to determine the location. 

3. Pull down the Polaris button to enter the Settings menu.

4. On the left side, select IMPORT/EXPORT. 

import export button

5. On the next screen, select COPY TO/FROM USB on the right side. 

copy to or from U S B

5. The left side of the next screen will display rides and waypoints currently on your vehicle. The right side will display files from your USB. Locate the file you would like to transfer onto your vehicle and press the arrow button. The file will be added to the bottom of the left list. 

transfer ride onto Ride Command display

Your planned ride can now be accessed on your display.

6. Exit the menu and safely remove your USB. 

7. To view your planned ride on your display, pull up the map icon on the bottom of your display. Select RIDES & WAYPOINTS. 

rides and waypoints navigation

8. On the next screen, select the ride from the list on the left side of the screen. Your ride will appear on the screen. 

select ride

9. Click the Navigation button to begin your planned ride. 

Error Messages and Troubleshooting
If an error occurs while importing your ride, perform one or all of the following actions to resolve the issue. 

  • Remove and reconnect the USB securely.
  • Make sure the files are not inside a folder on the flash drive.
  • Remove any unnecessary files.
  • Try using a different USB.

For help organizing the rides and waypoints, read Using Collections on RIDE COMMAND.
For information about your vehicle's touchscreen display, read the 7" Display Powered by RIDE COMMAND User's Guide or the 7" ATV Display Powered by RIDE COMMAND User's Guide.
To browse all RIDE COMMAND articles, read Guide to RIDE COMMAND for Off-Road Vehicles.
The Polaris App is available on the App Store® for iPhone® and iPad® and on Google Play®.
Visit the RIDE COMMAND website for additional information about features, displays and software/map updates.

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