American Truck Simulator

American Truck Simulator

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Satellite Image Map for ATS
Type: UI
File Size
8.956 MB
Nov 16, 2017 @ 5:43pm
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Satellite Image Map for ATS

This mod is a set of textures that cause the game to display a satellite terrain map with borders instead of the blank map with borders.

I spent a couple hours warping and tweaking a map image on top of the default, to get all the borders throughout the United States lining up as closely as possible. Less care was taken for areas outside the United States (and the map image used had no borders outside the U.S.), but they're nevertheless pretty good, so even using map mods should be enjoyable with this except in cases where the map mod makers have required a differently oriented map image. (Apparently this is the case with Mexico and Canada mods out there. Users have made custom mapdata files to get them to work with these images, which are aligned identically to the game's default map that already covers all of North America, so there's no real reason the map mod makers should require their own map orientations, but for some reason they do.)

To see the accuracy of the border alignments, look at this animation showing the default ATS map alternating with this mod's map: -- notice that this is not simply a case of slapping the game's border lines on a topographic map and hoping for the best, but having a map with borders already applied and lining them up precisely, e.g. see how the U.S.-Canada border on the northern edge of Minnesota is more detailed than the game's map. The bend in the border between California and Nevada is not aligned because SCS's map had it too far south to begin with, probably because of the issue mentioned below. These images put it topographically in the correct position.

There are a few issues because the in-game map is not entirely realistic. For example, when you zoom in you'll notice some roads in southern California appear to go into the Pacific Ocean, and the loop around Lake Tahoe by Carson City appears to be nowhere near Lake Tahoe. These situations are probably why SCS never included topographical maps themselves -- that and the fact that city placements often are far from realistic, e.g. Santa Cruz.

In order to keep the drawing of routes, city points and state names easily visible in the Freight Market view, the zoomed-out image was made more transparent. This means that, in the World Map view, the terrain appears darker (actually more transparent) when zoomed out all the way, then brightens when you zoom in.
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Keeper1st  [author] Mar 25 @ 1:30pm 
It contains all of North America, so as more states are added to the game it will continue to work, as SCS has already set up the map textures to support this.
kcaini1 Mar 24 @ 4:31pm 
do you get more states with it
Keeper1st  [author] Feb 16 @ 8:47am 
Truck mods also can add jobs to the market, so that probably was it (and the offending job expired thus the market worked again). There's no reason an alternate texture (which is all this mod is) would cause the market screen to crash.
Verfallen Feb 15 @ 11:26pm 
no trailer mods. The only thing I have are truck mods and they are not very obscure (GTM's truck, and Aradeth's volvo). The bug stopped happening as soon as I removed this mod. Used it for a while, first time it does that, but i hadn't played much in the last few months.
Keeper1st  [author] Feb 15 @ 12:51pm 
Just tested and it works fine in all modes. You must have something else going on with your Quick Jobs. Perhaps an available job created by some trailer mod is incompatible.
Verfallen Feb 15 @ 11:58am 
As of current version, causes crash on quick job menu for me. I have no tested freight market / cargo market since not an owner operator yet on that game, but small heads up.
extremebot Jan 20 @ 2:52pm 
With the mod VivaMexico the map's going somewhere.....
Светый Dec 2, 2018 @ 9:22am 
Add 2k and 4k resolution ver. Please )
J.VanHoutin Nov 15, 2018 @ 10:33pm 
This is a beutiful and well made mod but personally it makes me sick not sure why. Well done on this mod but i cant use it. Keep up the good work.
J.VanHoutin Nov 15, 2018 @ 10:20pm 
ok thank you