Online GPS Navigation

New Map­Trip Release 5.2

Map­Trip App and SDK

Map­Trip Online

Map­Trip can now be ope­ra­ted wit­hout local­ly stored street maps! This makes the deployment and instal­la­ti­on of Map­Trip much easier. Only the Map­Trip APK (the instal­la­ti­on file, approx. 150MB) needs to be trans­fer­red to the device. After instal­ling the app, Map­Trip is imme­dia­te­ly rea­dy to use. The instal­la­ti­on of lar­ge map data is no lon­ger neces­sa­ry.
The online ope­ra­ti­on of Map­Trip also sol­ves the time-con­sum­ing update pro­ce­du­re to upload new road maps. Espe­ci­al­ly for lar­ge fleets, this was time con­sum­ing task due to the lar­ge amount of data to be copied to each device. Map­Trip Online always acce­s­ses the latest map data on Map­Trip ser­vers via the Inter­net. Updates of the map data are no lon­ger neces­sa­ry.
It is still pos­si­ble to save the street maps local­ly on the device as a backup.

Tech­ni­cal back­ground Infor­ma­ti­on: Hybrid vs. Online

In the default con­fi­gu­ra­ti­on (hybrid), Map­Trip requi­res street maps local­ly on the device. Nor­mal­ly (when the device has an inter­net con­nec­tion to the Map­Trip ser­vers), rou­tes are retrie­ved from the Map­Trip ser­vers. Only when the online con­nec­tion is lost, the local­ly stored street maps are used for rou­te cal­cu­la­ti­on. Map­Trip also uses the local­ly stored data for map dis­play and address ent­ry in the default con­fi­gu­ra­ti­on. We the­r­e­fo­re refer to this as a hybrid mode of ope­ra­ti­on.
In online-only mode, the local­ly stored street maps are not nee­ded. All street maps for address input, map dis­play and rou­te cal­cu­la­ti­on are loa­ded from the ser­vers on demand. This eli­mi­na­tes the need to store hundreds of mega­bytes or even giga­bytes of data on each navi­ga­ti­on device.

How is Map­Trip Online dif­fe­rent in use?

The only dif­fe­rence is in the address ent­ry. In Map­Trip Online, the street, city and hou­se num­ber are ente­red in one line. The address should be ente­red com­ple­te­ly to get all search results for the cor­rect destination.

Does the online ver­si­on have the same fea­tures as the nor­mal MapTrip?

Yes, even if Map­Trip is con­fi­gu­red for online-only ope­ra­ti­on, it has the same func­tions as in the nor­mal configuration.

What hap­pens if I dri­ve through an area wit­hout cell pho­ne coverage?

Usual­ly not­hing hap­pens when dri­ving through a dead spot. When start­ing the rou­te gui­dance, Map­Trip loads the com­ple­te rou­te descrip­ti­on and can the­r­e­fo­re con­ti­n­ue the rou­te gui­dance even in dead spots. Only if the inter­net con­nec­tion is down for a long time, no more maps can be dis­play­ed. Howe­ver, this has no influence on the rou­te guidance.

What hap­pens if I devia­te from the rou­te in an area wit­hout cell pho­ne coverage?

In a dead spot, Map­Trip Online can­not cal­cu­la­te a new rou­te at the ser­ver. In this case, the old rou­te will con­ti­n­ue to be dis­play­ed. As soon as the dead spot is left, a new rou­te to the desti­na­ti­on is cal­cu­la­ted. If the navi­ga­ti­on must be func­tion­al even wit­hout an online con­nec­tion, Map­Trip should be con­fi­gu­red for hybrid mode, i.e. with local­ly stored street maps.

What hap­pens if I want to start gui­dance wit­hout an Inter­net connection?

It is not pos­si­ble to start rou­te gui­dance wit­hout an Inter­net con­nec­tion. If your GPS navi­ga­ti­on app must be func­tion­al wit­hout an online con­nec­tion, Map­Trip should be con­fi­gu­red for hybrid mode, i.e. with local­ly stored street maps.

How do I con­fi­gu­re Map­Trip for online-only operation?

Even befo­re instal­la­ti­on, the opti­on Online maps must be acti­va­ted in Map­Trip Mana­ger when crea­ting the APK. Map­Trip then does not down­load any street maps, but works purely online.

How is the data consumption?

Map­Trip Online uses the Inter­net con­nec­tion pri­ma­ri­ly to dis­play road maps, to show traf­fic con­di­ti­ons, to down­load fuel pri­ces, for traf­fic jam infor­ma­ti­on and, of cour­se, to cal­cu­la­te rou­tes.
With a mileage of 5,000km and a usa­ge time of 100h, a con­sump­ti­on of 270MB per month can be named as a rule of thumb.
By caching the road data, the data con­sump­ti­on decrea­ses if a vehic­le moves fre­quent­ly in the same geo­gra­phi­cal area. A vehic­le that always tra­vels to new are­as will have a hig­her data consumption.

Plea­se make sure to use Map­Trip only in con­junc­tion with a mobi­le con­tract with suf­fi­ci­ent inclu­si­ve data volu­me. Data con­sump­ti­on is influen­ced by many exter­nal fac­tors. For exam­p­le, the fol­lo­wing fac­tors can lead to increa­sed data con­sump­ti­on: Poor GPS recep­ti­on can lead to fre­quent rerou­ting. When dri­ving in regi­ons with den­se road net­works, Map­Trip needs to down­load more map data for display.

What is bet­ter for me? Online-only ope­ra­ti­on or the stan­dard hybrid configuration?

Map­Trip Online great­ly sim­pli­fi­es instal­la­ti­on on a lar­ge num­ber of devices by com­ple­te­ly eli­mi­na­ting the need to install lar­ge amounts of map data. If your vehic­les pri­ma­ri­ly move in are­as of good cel­lu­lar covera­ge, Map­Trip Online is a very good alter­na­ti­ve to the clas­sic instal­la­ti­on with mini­mal foot­print on the device.

Map Dis­play

App / SDK: Impro­ved Dis­play of Signposts

The gra­phi­cal dis­play of sign­posts has been improved.

Impro­ved dis­play of Signpost
Impro­ved dis­play of street numbers.

Traf­fic

Admi­ni­stra­ti­on

SDK: New Infor­ma­ti­on on Delay on the Route

For each rou­te cal­cu­la­ti­on, the MTA_NAV_ROUTE_STAT_DRIVE_TIME_SECONDS_AVERAGE
para­me­ter pro­vi­des the “nor­mal” tra­vel time. This is cal­cu­la­ted using the sta­tis­ti­cal­ly aver­a­ged traf­fic
situa­ti­on. In the app, this is used to cal­cu­la­te the delay on the rou­te. This should give the dri­ver a
bet­ter esti­ma­te of the traf­fic situation.

This func­tion was still imple­men­ted in Map­Trip 5.1 with the para­me­ter
MTA_NAV_ROUTE_STAT_DRIVE_TIME_SECONDS_FREE_FLOW. The _FREE_FLOW para­me­ter returns
the tra­vel time on the rou­te under ide­al con­di­ti­ons. Our tests had shown that the func­tion with the
new _AVERAGE para­me­ter gives bet­ter results, which cor­re­spond bet­ter to the impres­si­on of the
traf­fic conditions.

Save street maps to SD card

If the navi­ga­ti­on device has litt­le inter­nal memo­ry, the road maps can be saved on the SD card if necessary.

For this pur­po­se, the opti­on “SD card instal­la­ti­on ” must be sel­ec­ted in Map­Trip Mana­ger when crea­ting the APK.