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Another playing with Locus navigation settings

18.11.2016 Locus team Blog

Last time here we presented tips how to set notifications of leaving a route, switch to the guidance mode or timing of the automatic route recalculation. Today we have a couple of use cases displaying various settings of strict navigation with or without auto recalculation. All of them have their advantages and vice versa. Examples were again created by Willy Van Driessche.

1. ‘Free’ navigation without automatic route recalculation

Possibly the most used settings for activity in free terrain when we have opportunity to look at the map from time to time. When we deviate from the original route Locus just switches to guidance to a nearest routepoint without necessity to go through it. It doesn’t recalculate the route, just adjusts the guidance according to our movement and after re-joining the original route it goes on with navigating along it. This setting is useful for hiking, running or nordic walking. All settings and a demo can be seen in the following clip:

2. ‘Strict’ navigation without auto recalculation

If for some reason you want to go along the route and not omit a single routepoint, select this variant. It’s useful e.g. for race circuits, for competitions when the participants must go through all required points without need of route recalculation (you can go to a point across free terrain) etc. Check the video:

Keep in mind that in case of unwanted switching on of this settings for navigation Locus is quite bothersome and stubbornly directs to the missed routepoint.

3. Free navigation with automatic route recalculation

The most ordinary navigation settings, used mostly in cars. The route is defined only by its starting and final points or contains also a few via points to which Locus automatically recalculates the route when you deviate from the original one. It may happen that a via point is placed behind a turn shaped T. If we miss the turn as in the following example Locus doesn’t navigate to it any longer because it prioritizes the via point. In this case it’s rather the user’s fault when he didn’t place a via point on the end of the T turn:

4. Strict navigation with auto recalculation

If you’d like to go through all routepoints and, at the same time, be quite flexible, try this settings. This way the mistake from the previous example when Locus didn’t navigate to a turn won’t happen. However, if the user changes his decision, Locus isn’t so strict and after a few seconds goes on navigating along the route:

And now an example of a user fully respecting navigation commands:

We hope the weather during this weekend will be fine and you’ll be able to test our examples outdoors. Looking forward to your ideas!

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