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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GT182 Apr 14 @ 12:59pm 
I found the problem after it taking a day to download to my ATS. It's now activated and works. If anyone is having a problem while using the newest Project East mod, other than me, it must be place above the Project East mods being used... and that includes the Montana Expansion pack. The SCS updates and DLC maps won't cause problems for it. It's just Project East causing the problem.
Keeper1st  [author] Apr 13 @ 8:20pm 
If a map mod changes the way maps are drawn, it could very well cause this to stop functioning. I haven't played the game in over a year other than to verify mods still work, but as there wasn't a major game update it shouldn't have stopped working only yesterday.
GT182 Apr 13 @ 9:01am 
This mod stopped working in my ATS yesterday. Is that because of an update? I've had no problems until now, and have been using is since it 1st came out. Could Project East 0.4.7 and the Montana Expansion be the cause? It has worked ok with this mod before.
Keeper1st  [author] Feb 2 @ 11:36am 
Someone made something like this for ETS2 -- not sure if it's on the Workshop or not. I modified theirs for my own install, to reduce contrast to keep the game-drawn lines well visible, but otherwise it works OK last I checked, which admittedly was quite some time ago.
Emerald Isle Feb 1 @ 9:47pm 
is there anywhere an ETS2 pendant?
Keeper1st  [author] Dec 21, 2019 @ 8:17am 
Should be unless they changed the way the map is drawn. All of North America is already planned out in the game, so these textures replace parts that aren't even in the game yet, but will be as they are released.
thimic51 Dec 21, 2019 @ 12:56am 
Hello, is it ok with the last DLCs... Thx
urbantakedown Nov 9, 2019 @ 8:51am 
ah ok thanks anyway.
Keeper1st  [author] Nov 9, 2019 @ 8:28am 
I think those have a static background image which would make putting in a topographic map impossible.
urbantakedown Nov 9, 2019 @ 5:46am 
ah ok , so not the gadgets like phones and tablets in the trucks?