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Add Continue Straight and Other Nav Instructions

Postby kentsmith9 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:41 pm

Ever since I started using Waze we have discussed the need for a Continue Straight or Continue on the Current Road instruction. I constantly hear about it as a future feature, but still it does not come to life.

I recently reviewed the open/pending features/bugs in Bugzilla and I cannot find anything like this feature. Now that does not mean it does not exist in the developers list of things to do, but I would like to create an entry with our recommendations. I am posting this thread to get community feedback on such a feature.

Here are my thoughts for what I will put in the Bugzilla report.

Continue Straight
1. When a junction is created, enable the ability for the editor to check a box that will force a navigation instruction for what would otherwise be the straight though route today.
1.1 "Continue on the current road" instruction if the road name does not change
1.2 "Continue straight" if the road name changes, but no change in driving angle is present to give an idea that the road has changed.

Only One Segment Possible for the Continuation
2. If a junction provides only a single exit from a segment and the road name changes, force a navigation instruction of any of the available turn or keep left/right instructions.
2.1 If the road name does not change and no other segment connects, then no instruction is required (as it works today).
2.2 If the road name does not change, but other segments are connected to the junction but are all disabled turns or not possible due to traffic flow directions, provide a navigation instruction to prevent confusion by the driver. They may not realize all the other turns are not possible and would benefit from a navigation instruction at that multi-segment junction.

Alternate Navigation Instructions
3. There are more complex intersections where a turn is not necessarily a hard right/left turn at 90 degrees. Today we have a "Keep right/left", "Turn right/left", "Exit right/left". We need additional turn instructions especially when an intersection has more than 4 roads intersecting, or they are not at right angles to each other or the incoming road. Check the street view from this segment to see an example https://www.waze.com/editor/?zoom=8&lat ... ts=5277714
3.1 Turn slight right/left - intersections with 22-67 degree turns from straight.
3.2 Turn hard right/left - intersections with 100+ degree turns from straight.
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Re: Add Continue Straight and Other Nav Instructions

Postby CBenson » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:57 pm

Would a simple check box do? What element would the check box be associated with? I think you might need to identify both segments, the one you are leaving and the one you are entering and be able to indicate if going from one to the other then you should get a continue straight instruction.

I would also note that I didn't think any jurisdiction has both "Exit right" and "Exit left" instructions. Right hand drive jurisdictions have "Exit rights" and left hand drive jurisdictions have "Exit lefts." It would be nice to have ability to trigger both globally.
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Re: Add Continue Straight and Other Nav Instructions

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:24 pm

Question is, do we have them work on this kind of feature prior to the junction box? The junction box would allow us to define these instructions.
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Re: Add Continue Straight and Other Nav Instructions

Postby kentsmith9 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:27 pm

CBenson wrote:Would a simple check box do? What element would the check box be associated with? I think you might need to identify both segments, the one you are leaving and the one you are entering and be able to indicate if going from one to the other then you should get a continue straight instruction.

I agree there is probably more in the details to spec out. At one point I was thinking about following something similar to Time-based turn restrictions. It is very related. Maybe there is a way to trigger off the turn arrows like we do today. Maybe it is the other side of the arrow. :mrgreen:

CBenson wrote:I would also note that I didn't think any jurisdiction has both "Exit right" and "Exit left" instructions. Right hand drive jurisdictions have "Exit rights" and left hand drive jurisdictions have "Exit lefts." It would be nice to have ability to trigger both globally.

Agreed. Restated in case someone did not follow completely. The US (in particular but not exclusively) generally has Exit Right roadways, but there are Exit Left examples in all states, so it would be good to have control of what is said.
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Re: Add Continue Straight and Other Nav Instructions

Postby MGODLEW » Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:30 pm

I agree, there definitely should be an option to force instructions Keep right/left vs Exit right/left & continue straight ect. The whole adjusting angles thing confuses many editors.
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Re: Add Continue Straight and Other Nav Instructions

Postby sketch » Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:51 am

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:Question is, do we have them work on this kind of feature prior to the junction box? The junction box would allow us to define these instructions.

This, basically. We have something for this that we know is coming (whenever it comes), it works well enough for now, and we all know how development moves here. I don't think there's any reason to believe or even ask for some kind of temporary alternate solution for something that already has an upcoming solution.
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Re: Add Continue Straight and Other Nav Instructions

Postby jondrush » Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:25 pm

Because there are hundreds of thousands of basic intersections where continue straight is the correct command. We shouldn't need to add a junction box to get that command.
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Re: Add Continue Straight and Other Nav Instructions

Postby Timbones » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:00 pm

For UK Motorways (Freeways) we have many instances where we'd like to have 'keep right' to stay on the current road (left-hand drive), and have resorted to complicated hacks to make it happen (as per Highway Splits in the Wiki). We'd like to be able to force this instruction without mucking about with short segments and the like.

Furthermore, we'd really like to have a 'soft instruction' which is read out by TTS (once), but not shown on the display or in the route list. This is so that the driver can see how far it is to the real exit from the Motorway, but still get the occasional nag to move out of the lane which could exit them prematurely. Optionally, these 'soft instructions' can be turned off completely for those that would prefer not to hear them.

If this is something that the Junction Box will provide, then that would be great...
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Re: Add Continue Straight and Other Nav Instructions

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:10 pm

jondrush wrote:Because there are hundreds of thousands of basic intersections where continue straight is the correct command. We shouldn't need to add a junction box to get that command.

Continue straight, for the most part, doesn't need to be said at all. Four-way junction of four segments and one changes names. No need for it. The logic to determine when to say it isn't totally straightforward. (pun intended)
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Re: Add Continue Straight and Other Nav Instructions

Postby kentsmith9 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:13 pm

jondrush wrote:Because there are hundreds of thousands of basic intersections where continue straight is the correct command. We shouldn't need to add a junction box to get that command.

This is absolutely true. Maybe we should separate our request into two separate ones so that continue straight can be solved outside of junction boxes.

As for waiting on junction boxes for the other turn instruction control, I would feel better about waiting if we got some level of confidence it was actually in the works or maybe had a target release. I did not find it in Bugzilla, so added it from our Feature Request list just now. https://bugs.waze.com/show_bug.cgi?id=6382 (Vote if you have authority).

Maybe Brian can add more details to the Bugzilla for the community to see the proposal.
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