Interstate Exits as Area Places

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Interstate Exits as Area Places

Postby HBiede » Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:26 am

Regional Standard Proposal Seeking Opinions:

In some states, including my home state of Nebraska, interstate exits are marked as area places. While these are not used as destinations in navigations in all but the rarest of rare use cases, they provide users with a subtle but useful display of upcoming exits as well as a way to see approximately where they are relative to mile markers. While this is not as useful in more cramped urban areas, it is a nice addition in more rural expanses. Examples of the display in-app are attached below:

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And while not as visible, it is still useful in smaller, urban areas as well (I don't have an in-app view here, so I fell back on a WME screenshot):

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The standard used for these area places are:
Street: I-XX
Category: Junction/Intersection
Lock Level: Equal to the Attached Freeway Segment

I propose that this practice be expanded beyond a few select states to a more wide reaching availability for the sake of consistency from a UX perspective. Speaking from personal experience, I find them very useful and a nice addition to the map as a whole. I welcome dissenting opinions, other anecdotes in favor, and possible standards, minimum area sizes, etc.

Wazeopedia Entry Draft:
https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/USA/User:Hbiede/Freeway_Exit_Area

Examples of in place area places:
https://www.waze.com/en-US/editor?env=usa&lon=-98.26309&lat=40.82233&zoom=4&venues=171508120.1715343346.341378https://www.waze.com/en-US/editor?env=usa&lon=-96.75563&lat=40.81750&zoom=4&venues=172491160.1725173746.341437https://www.waze.com/en-US/editor?env=usa&lon=-96.71420&lat=40.86122&zoom=4&venues=172556697.1725435894.341462
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Re: Interstate Exits as Area Places

Postby bretmcvey » Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:30 am

We've mapped if not all in Iowa and Nebraska. I'm personally a fan of using them so that information is visually present. If there comes a time that a more elegant visual solution is presented by Waze staff I'd gladly remove these types of areas for something more clean, but until that point in time comes, I would be in favor of having these present on a more consistent basis in PLN.
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Re: Interstate Exits as Area Places

Postby Sdtahoe » Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:44 pm

I believe the majority of the South Dakota exits are mapped that way also. I like the visual of the exits on the map, and now that I have a vehicle with CarPlay I really like how it renders on the larger screen. I would be for it.
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Re: Interstate Exits as Area Places

Postby HBiede » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:23 pm

First draft of a wiki article on the subject:
https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/USA/Us ... rea_Places
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Re: Interstate Exits as Area Places

Postby herrchin » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:50 pm

bretmcvey wrote:We've mapped if not all in Iowa and Nebraska. I'm personally a fan of using them so that information is visually present. If there comes a time that a more elegant visual solution is presented by Waze staff I'd gladly remove these types of areas for something more clean, but until that point in time comes, I would be in favor of having these present on a more consistent basis in PLN.

I'm also very in favor of this.
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Re: Interstate Exits as Area Places

Postby ehepner1977 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:03 pm

I'm not opposed. I'll stop holding my breath that a more elegant solution will happen soon
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Re: Interstate Exits as Area Places

Postby HBiede » Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:19 pm

ehepner1977 wrote:I'm not opposed. I'll stop holding my breath that a more elegant solution will happen soon

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Re: Interstate Exits as Area Places

Postby SunnyRaynbows » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:19 pm

I'm in favor. One concern has been metro areas. I'm ammendable to these being excluded where such APs would be confusing / not practical.
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Re: Interstate Exits as Area Places

Postby HBiede » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:04 pm

SunnyRaynbows wrote:I'm in favor. One concern has been metro areas. I'm ammendable to these being excluded where such APs would be confusing / not practical.


I still find most urban exits to be useful and mostly visible.
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Re: Interstate Exits as Area Places

Postby HBiede » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:17 pm

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