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Re: Regarding Railroads

Postby kentsmith9 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:36 pm

I just sent a message to the Waze team that said they would not implement RRs in the client until they solved the editor communication problem. I will report back what I find.
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Re: Regarding Railroads

Postby kentsmith9 » Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:10 pm

kentsmith9 wrote:I just sent a message to the Waze team that said they would not implement RRs in the client until they solved the editor communication problem. I will report back what I find.

From https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=212&t=96711&p=812193&hilit=noam#p811764
redviper26 wrote:Adding rail roads to 3.8 was not part of the plan. This is also not their final design. We'll remove them in the next update (3.8.1.), hopefully in less then 2 months.
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Re: Regarding Railroads

Postby kentsmith9 » Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:55 am

The UR hack is clever, but the key point of the notes on railroads was to communicate to the entry level editors who do not use any of our cool tools in the first place and may not even know about the UR layer.

Plain and simple:

1. We need a solution to guarantee new editors see a note.
2. (IMO) Seeing a railroad on the map is a very MINOR aid to navigation vs. the ability to communicate with a novice editor who is going to screw up the map.

Therefore keep the railroad invisible UNTIL we have a tool to guarantee communication to 100% of the users as an alternative to the current method that uses the Railroad segment.
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Re: Regarding Railroads

Postby kentsmith9 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:49 pm

Timbones wrote:If trains are crossing at the same times each day, then Waze will learn when it gets congested and will suggest an alternative route if it can find one that is quicker.

It automagically happens. :mrgreen:
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Re: Regarding Railroads

Postby Kuhlkatz » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:48 am

Sometimes it's a good thing to put your foot down, but other times you have to get your own house in order as well. In this case I think it cuts both ways.

The paving that we had to clean up frequently could only stop if users are snapped to railroads and if they actually saw them in the client, thereby stopping the urge to pave them in the first place. This frequently messed up maps.

The tainting of speed data on adjacent roads also tend to do more damage for routing than any rogue editor can do if Wazers are not snapped to it, which is why alternate types were used in some countries.

Either each object needs a note field with an icon indicating notes are attached, or editors need an editable/visible note pin that remains visible in WME irrespective of visible layer selection. This would stop the 'notes' aspect.

The routing engine needs to honor the non-drivable aspect of roads not meant for commuting and the client somehow
needs to honor snapping to any road type while not navigating without tainting speeds that are outside the norm.

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Re: Regarding Railroads

Postby Machete808 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:58 pm

Guideline request: I'm assuming this applies to all forms of rail, including light rail? Construction will resume soon on Honolulu's first elevated rail system, which is the main reason why I ask.

Additionally, the only thing my home island has now is a brief segment of the (defunct) legacy commuter system, now in use only as a rail museum attraction. It cuts through one community, with crossing signs and everything, so maybe that could be mapped just for clarity, I would think.

The neighbor islands have remnants of industrial track from the old sugar plantation days, but most are not in use at all and wouldn't need to be mapped.
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Re: Regarding Railroads

Postby Machete808 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:44 pm

I would never forget the Lahaina train, having ridden on it when I was (much) younger! I did say "most of them." (Funny, the Oahu Railway tourist train looks even more toy-like than that!) ;-)
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Re: Regarding Railroads

Postby Machete808 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:53 pm

Timbones wrote:We use URs posted from the Livemap to add notes to the editor, which works pretty well.
Not ideal long term, but will do until Waze provide a dedicated notes interface.


Can you tell me how URs can be posted from the Livemap? Thanks.
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Re: Regarding Railroads

Postby McCracken808 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:03 pm

vickimachado wrote:The neighbor islands have remnants of industrial track from the old sugar plantation days, but most are not in use at all and wouldn't need to be mapped.


Woah Nellie. ;) Let's not forget the "Sugar Cane Train" in Lahaina. :lol:

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Re: Regarding Railroads

Postby Mike-1323 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:30 am

shawndoc wrote:So you are saying Waze shouldn't tell us that Railroads are coming to the client soon and how we should handle railroads? I think quite the opposite, its great it telling us what is coming and how they expect a feature to work. What benefit is it to hide it where only champs can see?

I agree that it's great to hear an official announcement about upcoming capability. I am however disappointed by the lack of replacement for the functionality that they are telling us not to do any more (in-editor notes; one of the current uses of railroad type)

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