Have no connection, but still need to navigate? No problem! As of today, and by popular demand, we are proud to announce the latest feature in Gruntify – Offline Navigation (in alpha preview mode, and available to selected customers only). But there is more to it than meets the eye so read on!
We have several customers whose staff have to travel to remote sites to conduct inspections, surveys, repairs or maintenance work, with often limited or no network connectivity. And often those remote sites are located on private property and are only accessible via private access tracks, that aren’t usually available in conventional routing software. Therefore an integration of offline routing into our software would create the ultimate navigation user experience… So we built it into Gruntify!
It incorporates real-time turn-by-turn navigation and automatic rerouting if the position is off the original route. This gives the user a clearer look on where they need to be and the automatic rerouting saves the user trying to reroute themselves.
Users have the option of saving their routes to the favorites section to re-use again in the future. This feature saves the hassle of trying to put a previous traveled location into the map!
There are four standard routing profiles available on offer including; driving, cycling, hiking or walking. The user gets customised routing that would differ from someone who was driving or cycling, then to a user who was walking or even hiking – the options are endless.
Offline routing works on both public roads and on privately accessible tracks, giving users peace of mind.
If and when connectivity to the Internet is restored, Gruntify has the capability to optionally fetch data from real-time traffic and weather services for the ultimate experience. This is essentially the trifecta! But if that’s not enough, start and finish locations can be defined not only by using addresses but also by using the what3words system.
For users who require hands-free navigation, there is a nifty function that turns text into speech. All drivers, for their own safety as well as for the safety of others, should be focusing on the road and not have to worry about looking at a map. Gruntify’s text to speech function is the solution to improve driver safety and overall user experience at the same time.
The geofencing function is especially exciting, where it informs drivers about important landmarks or POIs around them! This can be incredibly helpful for tourists or even residents themselves. It shows users areas that could be of interest to them.