GoodMaps Explore Tips & Tricks

GoodMaps Explore Tips and Tricks

Summary of key points to maximize the benefits of indoor navigation:

Mapped buildings should automatically load when you run Explore and are near or inside that building. Not all of a building may be mapped so you may not get a position if inside an unmapped room. Once you hear an announcement that maps have loaded for that building, hold the phone vertically and walk a little to obtain an initial position. Beeps indicate searching for a position and a two-tone sound will indicate when a location is established. Lay the phone flat to pause the camera. This is the best position for entering text. Slow down when approaching or making turns or when you hear “recalculating route.” Ignore announcements that don’t make sense like turn right/turn left all at once.

Additional explanations:

For iPhone demos, take the phone off Mute, slow down VoiceOver and make sure VoiceOver is turned on for maximum speech announcements. The directions voice will announce even if VoiceOver is turned off. Make sure the screen curtain is not activated. Use headphones as appropriate.

Indoor navigation quirks are different than outdoor GPS quirks. Information in both are not perfect 100% of the time. Knowing the weaknesses of an app increases its strengths.

Explore automatically loads indoor maps for a building when it detects the GPS position is inside or near that building. If you happen to be deep inside the building where your position cannot be found, the maps may not load. Just because a building map is loaded does not mean that all rooms in that building have been mapped.

How you handle your phone impacts navigation accuracy and information announcements. Try not to be too abrupt with your movements. The camera must be vertical and exposed to identify your location. Lay the phone flat to pause the camera and when entering search criteria into the app. Tilt the phone vertically to wake up the camera to begin scanning. Start slowly walking and rotate your body and phone if a position is not initially found. Repeated beeps will indicate searching for a position. A unique ding will indicate when your position is identified.

When you hear the announcement to Rotate, that means you and the phone need to turn in the direction specified. When you rotate, pause before proceeding so the system can announce information in the new direction.

Unlike outdoors where there are sidewalks and intersections, indoor spaces are not well defined. There are wide hallways, atriums and slight turning angles, not 90 degree turns. When you hear “approaching a turn”, slow down. If something doesn’t make sense like left/right/go straight, ignore it and walk a little. The app will catch up with you and give updated instructions. This may happen when you are veering across a space.

Low vision users and fast walkers may find that by the time Voiceover is finished announcing a turn, they have passed it.

When route directions are active, no nearby points will be announced. When a route is not loaded, the app looks around every 30 seconds and announces the nearest point. The other points will not be announced.

To hear the points of interest sorted by proximity, use the Lookaround mode while standing still. Hold the phone vertically and rotate it in the direction where you want to hear information.

You can find short tutorials of features within the Explore ap Menu. Additional resources can be found at including an audio tutorial of the primary sections of the app.

Learn more about GoodMaps Explore.