State Hwy 1 South Island using city field "South Island"

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Re: State Hwy 1 South Island using city field "South Island"

Postby ispyisail » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:58 pm

Like this?



That would look real nice
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Re: State Hwy 1 South Island using city field "South Island"

Postby pcp192 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:35 pm

nzhook wrote:However this conversation seems to be focused on having a City against the primary field, ive already mentioned a number of times of using the alternative names, which would mean having No City against the primary, and then an alternative name with the city (or suburb for when City was used in a suburb)? IN this case:
- Client will find it, and will be able to navigate to it.
- Client will also display city names and built up areas correctly.
- Zoomed out levels also wont look over complicated.


So in major cities we would put the suburb in the primary city field and the city name in the secondary city field. This as you say would ensure a search for either will find the street.

Driving around Auckland at the moment the map looks quite good with the Suburb names appearing in more or less the correct places - except where people have labelled streets incorrectly. If the correct suburb name is put in the primary city field it will work.

If I understand you correctly, your suggestion in rural areas is to leave the city field blank and put the correct name in the secondary field to aid searching - is that correct?
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Re: State Hwy 1 South Island using city field "South Island"

Postby nzhook » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:06 am

pcp192 wrote:I Agree. Finding the fastest way between two known points is great for day to day commuting and it's essential that a good navigation app be able to search and find addresses (or at least streets), and provide the fastest route to get there.

Correct, and thats where Waze shines. It does find the fastest at that time, unlike navigation apps which take you from place A to place B using the proven shortest/fastest route 2 years ago when they were mapped.

pcp192 wrote:would you suggest that drivers should use an alternative navigation app if they need to 'find' an address or street rather than Waze?


No, if the place your looking for is in the area you are then, it will work as it needs to (search for the street name, it pops up the closer results and away she goes). Its when you start trying to navigate 200 km+ that it starts getting sketchy, as the search for that type of distance is crap.

pcp192 wrote:Why limit the capabilities of Waze when it can be so much more than just a tool for daily commuting?


Because its limited by design, you would currently be trying to fit a large round peg into a small square hole and that wont work.

Personally I would love it if people could use it for both, and when we put country, island, state/region, city/town, suburb and maybe even postcode into separate fields, and Waze can search on all/any of them then i would gladly call it a navigation app but until then having a city defined on rural roads is probably going to cause more complications down the road.

However this conversation seems to be focused on having a City against the primary field, ive already mentioned a number of times of using the alternative names, which would mean having No City against the primary, and then an alternative name with the city (or suburb for when City was used in a suburb)? IN this case:
- Client will find it, and will be able to navigate to it.
- Client will also display city names and built up areas correctly.
- Zoomed out levels also wont look over complicated.
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Re: State Hwy 1 South Island using city field "South Island"

Postby ispyisail » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:19 am

So what are we going to do?

We all agree that we need to set some standards?

http://world.waze.com/wiki/index.php/Ho ... name_roads

I don't think any apply to NZ?
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Re: State Hwy 1 South Island using city field "South Island"

Postby pcp192 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:18 pm

ispyisail wrote:
However the real question that needs to be asked is, is Waze a replacement for a navigation system like Google maps in that you can navigate from Auckland to somewhere you dont know. Or is it a user based traffic assessment app that you use in your local area to get around current problem spots?


Both.

But it doesn't do the first very well. Having said that its getting better.


I Agree. Finding the fastest way between two known points is great for day to day commuting and it's essential that a good navigation app be able to search and find addresses (or at least streets), and provide the fastest route to get there.

would you suggest that drivers should use an alternative navigation app if they need to 'find' an address or street rather than Waze?

Why limit the capabilities of Waze when it can be so much more than just a tool for daily commuting?
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Re: State Hwy 1 South Island using city field "South Island"

Postby ispyisail » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:22 pm

I just had a quick look at the UK and the section I looked at (secondary highway) didn't have a city name (no name)?
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Re: State Hwy 1 South Island using city field "South Island"

Postby ispyisail » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:07 pm

However the real question that needs to be asked is, is Waze a replacement for a navigation system like Google maps in that you can navigate from Auckland to somewhere you dont know. Or is it a user based traffic assessment app that you use in your local area to get around current problem spots?


Both.

But it doesn't do the first very well. Having said that its getting better.
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Re: State Hwy 1 South Island using city field "South Island"

Postby nzhook » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:07 am

Upland road (or many of the country roads in Taranaki) is a bad choice as ive only just named it before the latest map update and the routing server will not have caught up on the names (I dont understand why there have to be so many copies of the data updated before everything in the client works - but thats a different topic)

However the real question that needs to be asked is, is Waze a replacement for a navigation system like Google maps in that you can navigate from Auckland to somewhere you dont know. Or is it a user based traffic assessment app that you use in your local area to get around current problem spots?

Eg. Would I use Waze to find Second Ave, Whangarei when I live in New Plymouth? No.
Would I use to take me to work in the morning and avoid areas where there maybe delays? Yes
(ill also add Would I use Waze to find the fastest way to Second Ave if I was already in Whangarei? Maybe)

If I search for a road in the area im in, Waze will normally return the closest match (which if Upland Road was upto date, would be the one that runs from just outside of Bell Block through to just outside of Inglewood), where as if I was in Wellington it would return the one closer to Wellington.

That also leads into the other question, what is better to have city or suburb. City is helpful from a zoom level further out and doesnt clutter up the map, but as you get closer or start navigating you really need the suburb. This is why I like ispy's idea of having the city against primary streets and higher, but normal streets have the suburb. Its a pain if the street you want in a suburb is listed as primary, but now that they have added Alternative names back in, it should allow us to have both the suburb name as well as the city name (Only the primary name shows on the map, but the routing server apparently will search for both - once its updated with the most recent data).
The alternative names maybe why it worked correctly in the past, someone had entered them with both names.


For the copying from Google maps, that article is more talking about using it as an overlay. You can use it as a reference if need be, much like you could use a map from AA. You however can not use it to copy the roads (or imagery - which is something that maps Taranaki really hard - no good imagery) directly into Waze without first getting permission from the copyright holder.

And the areas shown in Google maps dont make a lot of sense for those driving the road, take a look at Egmont Village (70k speed limit thru the built up area), Inglewood (50k speed limit thru the built up area), and Waiongana (Theres no built up area so its all 100k)

Personally, if your driving 100k (or Open Road Speed) outside of a motorway then its 'No City'. Its the easiest option to explain for new map editors, shouldnt cause city smudges, looks correct on the map, and the client should find the streets correctly if your already in the area.

BTW, I would be happy with a town/city entered on all streets if we were doing postal addresses, had more fields to determine the built up areas and suburbs + could guarantee that all the city/towns/villages... were correctly entered.
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Re: State Hwy 1 South Island using city field "South Island"

Postby pcp192 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:37 pm

I've just tried out my theory on searching using Ormonde Rd in Remuera.
It's named Ormonde Rd, Remuera (City) and here's the results based on varying search strings:
1. 'Ormonde Rd' - results include the correct road along with many other Auckland roads
2. 'Ormonde Rd, Remuera' - results include the correct road and may other roads with Remuera in either the road name or the City.
3. 'Ormonde Rd, Auckland' - results include a number of Auckland Roads none of them being Ormonde Rd.

I was sure option 3 had worked in the past so either I am mistaken or the search has changed since then.

Searching for roads in Taranaki has mixed results when there is no City field in the road name. for example Upland Rd in Egmont Village is impossible to find in a search. Entering 'Upland Rd' alone provides a number of Upland Rd's around the country not one of them in Taranaki. There is one in the results labelled 'Upland Rd, , New Zealand' (with the city field blank) but that is in Kelburn, Wellington.

There are two issues that need to be resolved regarding the City field
1. what to use in larger cities - 'City' vs 'Suburb' vs 'City,Suburb'
2. how to name roads in rural areas and small towns - 'no name' vs 'town/area'

What we want to achieve in both cases is
1. appropriate naming on the map visually
2. data that provides accurate results in searches

The search-ability should have a higher priority than the visual appearance of names on the map.

I still believe it is best to use a city value in the rural areas and name them correctly. The challenge perhaps is finding the correct name. The Wiki talks about not being able to use Google imagery for copyright reasons (http://www.waze.com/wiki/index.php/Map_Editing_(new_Editor)#Using_External_sources_.28such_as_Google_Imagery.29) - does that include the actual map data as well? It's very easy to see the boundaries on the map by searching for the town/area name. E.g. searching for 'Inglewood, Taranaki' will show the boundary. If the City name is displayed in the middle of an area where it is used, and the roads are named in this way, then where it's displayed should be appropriate.
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Re: State Hwy 1 South Island using city field "South Island"

Postby Antmannz » Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:56 am

ispyisail wrote:... now I believe some streets are labelled with the greater city name so it gives the impression that waze knows the greater city name..............


This.

I've found recently that you can now search without specifying a city and Waze will return results closer to you first. In the past it seemed completely random.
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