Improvements Requested for Web Mapshare Service

Focus Driver
Focus Driver Registered Users Posts: 39
Master Explorer
I had reason to use Mapshare recently (see https://discussions.tomtom.com/en/discussion/1123568/some-speed-cameras-not-showing-up-data-error-mapshare-improvements), and found a few problems (iOS13/Safari, if that matters):
  1. The layer options do not always offer speed cameras, even when zoomed in. This could be because there are no speed cameras within the current window, but nonetheless it is not user-friendly. It would be better to have the option in the layers list regardless of whether there are speed cameras to show.
  2. It would be useful if the speed camera icons show what direction of travel they are set for, to save having to click each one and check its properties.
  3. It needs to be clearer what the direction means: some cameras are rear-facing, some are front-facing, so if the direction the camera faces is entered when it is a front-facing camera, instead of the direction of flow it detects, it will result in a data error. If in doubt, set "both".
  4. The default setting for direction should be "both", eliminating the false-negatives if the default direction setting isn't corrected.
  5. Some cameras patrol variable speed limits. There is no setting to take this into account, there should be a "variable" option rather than specific speeds or "?".

Answers

  • VikramK
    VikramK Administrators Posts: 13,758
    Moderator
    edited May 2020
    Hi @Focus Driver

    Thanks for using our community to reach out with the feedback.
    Surely there are some interesting inputs that our Team would like to review.

    I will forward it to them.

    Thank you, Vikram
  • Focus Driver
    Focus Driver Registered Users Posts: 39
    Master Explorer
    Further to my previous observations, similar occurs in Win7/Chrome.

    I also find the camera locations show up inconsistently according to zoom level - they might be there one moment, and disappear when zoomed in further.
  • VikramK
    VikramK Administrators Posts: 13,758
    Moderator
    Hi @Focus Driver
    Based on some of your previous inputs our team has worked on some changes which are now published to our production MapShare website.

    1. Added Speed camera as layer in Layer tab, so user can ON-Off as per requirement

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    2. Added direction of speed camera where ever bearing angle is available with speed cam on map.

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    Regarding the inconsistency of speed cameras locations, do you still observer these?

    Thanks, Vikram
  • Focus Driver
    Focus Driver Registered Users Posts: 39
    Master Explorer
    I have recently tried to update the cameras on my local section of motorway, so I have seen the adjustments - thank you. However, I still found it very difficult because of the scale of changes to report, and gave up in the end. I plan to upload a document describing the situation and let you do it!

    One problem might be that unknowing users enter incorrect information... for example the average speed section is shown ending too early, because few people notice the tiny yellow cameras on the top of the gantry where the average speed actually ends.

    I have not noticed any support added for speed cameras in variable speed limit areas.

    Regarding the coming and going of some speed cameras on the actual satnav, I have found that if ones I know about seem to be missing a reboot restores them... but the problem seems to have diminished.

    However, the reason I came back to the forum is that the latest speed camera update (yesterday) deleted two known permanent speed cameras on the M4 section north of Bristol (one in each direction). These are fixed installations and enforce the variable speed limit. Why would they be deleted? Did somebody report they're not there any more (just because they might not have noticed)? I can assure you they are, and somebody triggered one as I was going by tonight (opposite direction).