Quite a few navigation systems (standalone and apps) offer a function to simulate travelling on a selected route. Which means that the system doesn’t use the real GPS position but simulates moving along the current route.
With all the views, instructions and functions availabe just as you really would drive along that route. Usually with a “time zoom”-option the be able to play the simulation faster than you would in real life (with simulated speeds from 50 up to more than 300 km/h, sometimes quickly changeable directly in the navigation view during simulation) without being forced for “test rides” to identify your most preferred configuration settings.
I would be great to have such a function in the Kurviger app because this is a good way to try different things and to get used to the views and behaviours (like displayed or spoken instructions) of the apps. Especially but not only for beginners. More experienced users could use this function for getting deeper in the results of the different settings for the app (like zoom factors, layers, map appearances or colours).
Why? It’s just like: Ok, here’s my route - now let’s look at it like a “film”. It’s a common function in different devices (e.g. from Garmin, but also in other navigation app like the “route preview” in Sygic).
Sygic’s route preview function (like a “route player”):
A real “fake GPS” could in fact be a problem because you don’t want that an apps manipulates the GPS position (this could even have negatice effects like being banned from games like Pokemon GO ).
Yes, some systems offer this functionality too. But it’s not what I meant because this function is more about previewing certain instructions / sections of your route, it’s not really a simulation to demonstrate the whole behaviour of an app.
The function to choose a simulation speed is very useful because it serves as a “fast forward” option to be able to quickly proceed to a special location within your rotue (or to quickly skip sections).
I don’t know any online sources with more detailed information about this feature (although there a lot of informations about Sygic here). I have Sygic installed and discovered this feature by myself (it’s somehow a little difficult to find in the app). But I also know such a feature from Garmin devices (GPS simulation mode).
Yes, if there was a button to proceed to the next turn instruction this would be a comfortable way to quickly skip through the simulation.
I think yes. Because simulation should be dynamic (not just static previews of all turn locations), just as you were driving along the route. Therefore your travel speed has to be defined somehow (and maybe much faster than you would be an real life).
da ich die Möglichkeit einer Simulation der Route mehr nutze als ich zuvor gedacht hätte, möchte ich gern mal eine Vorschlag unterbreiten.
Damit ich eine Routen-Simulation starten kann, muss ich leider einiges in meinen Einstellungen ändern. 1. unter Standort >>> Zeige Geschwindigkeit (ein) ; 2. unter Navigation >>> Navigationsmodus >>> Simulation (ein). Möchte ich jetzt die Route real abfahren, muss ich die ganzen Einstellungen zurücksetzen. 1. ist zwar nicht notwendig, wird nur leider etwas voll am oberen Bildschirmrand.
Was halten sie von einem Kontextmenü, welches durch langes drücken des Navigationsbutton aktiviert wird. Hier lässt sich die Simulation starten. Dabei wird auch gleichzeitig die Funktion “Zeige Geschwindigkeit” eingeschaltet. Somit ist ein Änderung der Einstellungen für die “normale” Navigation nicht mehr notwendig. Und 2. wird gleich alles Aktiviert, was für eine Routen-Simulation notwendig ist.
I absolutely disagree with that. All those buttons should exclusively offer functions which are important while being on the road.
Reason: sometimes it is quite fiddly to operate the UI elements while wearing gloves (or using a touchscreen pen mounted somewhere on your bike) because the touchscreen capable material on those gloves doesn’t work perfectly all the time (especially if the gloves are older and this material is a little bit worn out already). And you definitely don’t want to switch to navigation mode while being on tour just because you touched the navigation button too long (or your gloves are wet so the touch input is recognized too long).
Simulation mode is no “on road” function. In my opinion it would be better to have a “simulation mode” switch function in the “tools” menu (in fact I excpected it there after this function was introduced and was somehow astonished to find it in the “settings” menus).
Yes, that’s a good point because it’s an essential UI element while being in the simulation mode.