[Script] Livemap Navigation Browser Addon [Deprecated]

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[Script] Livemap Navigation Browser Addon [Deprecated]

Postby Timbones » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:08 am

I've made an addon script for Firefox* and Chrome^ that displays the navigation list for a route in the Livemap.


Once installed, you simply search for directions as normal, and the instructions will appear on the left-hand side.
It was primarily created for editors to debug routes, but it can be useful to drivers too.

Features:
  • displays each turn and road name
  • click on an instruction to see it on the map
  • total distance and time travelled shown in popup
  • additional 'continue on' messages when the road name changes (not shown on client)
  • roundabout instructions for '0th exit' are highlighted in red
  • link in popup to edit segment in editor (new in v0.5)
  • link to calculate the reverse route (new in v0.5)
  • Update Map opens in same location (new in v0.6)
  • Adds images for each turn instruction (new in v0.72)
  • Shows links in popup for next and previous instructions (new in v0.72)

Thanks to my two beta testers for helping with early versions.
If you spot any bugs, or have any ideas on how to improve it, please let me know.

Edit: No longer supported since new Livemap was released October 6th, 2013. Get the WME Route Tester instead.

See the Community Plugins, Extensions and Tools wiki page for other great addons.
Last edited by Timbones on Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:14 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Livemap Navigation Browser Addon

Postby dmcconachie » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:16 am

Absolutely love this addon, Tim! Great work!
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Re: Livemap Navigation Browser Addon

Postby TonyG-UK » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:23 am

Loving it already.
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Re: Livemap Navigation Browser Addon

Postby CBenson » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:48 am

This would be fantastic - if it returned the same instructions as my phone. Alas, it does not. I'm using a Verizon Droid2 Android 2.3.3 waze 2.4.0.26. I'm incredibly frustrated by the ramp naming bug. So of course the first thing I did with the extension was to check a few ramps. They do not show the same as on my phone. For example, I used the extension to travel from US-50 westbound to I-97 N here. Great, the first ramp name is listed! But as I'm on Android version 2, I still have a navigation list on the phone. The instructions that show on the navigation list on the phone are:

    Exit right to to I-97 N Baltimore
    Keep right to to I-97 N Baltimore
    Approaching destination.

It is great to know that there is readily available code that provides the correct instructions over ramps. I just wish it was on my phone.

Tim, great work, I really appreciate the tool.
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Re: Livemap Navigation Browser Addon

Postby Timbones » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:58 pm

CBenson wrote:This would be fantastic - if it returned the same instructions as my phone. Alas, it does not.

Indeed that is a problem. I should have added the caveat that the instructions may not match those on the client.

I think the route data given to the Livemap is the same as the client (but I can't be certain), so any differences will be down to how the addon interprets those instructions vs. how the client interprets them. For example, I've decided to include the 'continue on' instructions that the client wouldn't. Also, there's that ramp naming bug that doesn't appear to affect the addon. There may be other instances where the instructions differ, e.g. when there are unnamed segments.

I shall check out your example route to see if I can improve it at all with regards to handling the exit instruction.
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Re: Livemap Navigation Browser Addon

Postby dmcconachie » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:03 pm

Timbones wrote:
CBenson wrote:For example, I've decided to include the 'continue on' instructions that the client wouldn't.

Found this handy for spotting naming inconsistencies already! :)
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Re: Livemap Navigation Browser Addon

Postby robin1979 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:33 pm

Timbones wrote:
CBenson wrote:This would be fantastic - if it returned the same instructions as my phone. Alas, it does not.

Indeed that is a problem. I should have added the caveat that the instructions may not match those on the client.

I think the route data given to the Livemap is the same as the client (but I can't be certain), so any differences will be down to how the addon interprets those instructions vs. how the client interprets them.


Also, in Paris, asterix06 noted there are some differences on the iPhone vs. Android (he's using both). They seem to be getting different routes for the same trips for some reason.
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Re: Livemap Navigation Browser Addon

Postby petervdveen » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:43 pm

Maybe that's because of the 3.0 version?
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Re: Livemap Navigation Browser Addon

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:54 pm

The LiveMap is well-known for giving different instructions than the client, so I'm not understanding why this is being called out because of this script now. The script doesn't do anything different than access the routing given to the livemap and doesn't make a special call to the routing server.
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Re: Livemap Navigation Browser Addon

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:56 pm

Tim, after using the Close button, then doing another navigation, the side panel disappeared for me, sliding the whole map to the left. No navigation information and no standard waze scrolling info either. The map was a little confused then with mouse click location.

This is repeatable. Chrome on Win.
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