Tutorial for our Routago Assist App

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Things to know

  • Customize your routing experience. More about this here.
  • You don’t have a Routago subscription yet? Use the app with limited scope. More about this here.
  • Save your favorite routes. In the navigation under “My routes” you can manage and call them up. More about this here.
  • Have you lost your orientation during navigation? Use the alignment aid to get your bearings again. More about this here.
  • Record your own ways. Under “My ways” you can record, manage and call them up. More about this here.
  • Decide for yourself which announcements should be made during navigation. More about this here under navigation at point instructions.

Notes

First, some important notes: Routago is not a substitute for mobility training, a guide cane or a guide dog. Routago Assist provides navigation aids based on maps and position data. These may be inaccurate or may not adequately reflect the current situation.
Therefore, never use Routago Assist as your only aid and pay attention to our notes on liability. We have to disclaim any liability for the correctness of the data and the navigation instructions derived from it.
Many functions of Routago Assist are based on satellite navigation. Well known services of this kind are GPS, Glonass or Galileo. Modern smartphones use these services in the background, but the accuracy of the determined position varies greatly depending on your environment. If you are inside buildings or next to tall buildings, the accuracy can vary greatly. Routago Assist tries to determine your position as accurately as possible using complex mathematical models, but there are physical limits. If you only use a smartphone, you have to consider these limitations.
Through additional receivers for your smartphone or through the soon available use of highly accurate Galileo data, the position can be determined much more accurately. Such additional information can be evaluated by Routago Assist. In particular, the automatic route guidance function depends on the previously mentioned accuracy of satellite navigation and should be used with the utmost caution.
Having said this, let’s move on to the individual functional areas of Routago Assist. The Routago Assist interface is divided into 6 areas:

  1. Where am I?
  2. Navigation
  3. Surroundings
  4. My ways
  5. Object detection
  6. Settings, help and imprint

Routago Assist contains numerous setting options. These can be found under the settings in the main menu, which will be described in more detail later or within the individual areas.

Where am I

When Routago Assist is started, the current address is displayed under Where am I? Clicking on this function displays the entire address and coordinates of your location. In addition, your position is displayed on the map.

The navigation contains the two tabs “Input” and “My routes”. Input initially offers two input fields for the start and destination input. Each input field offers further selection options. The current position is automatically assumed as the start position. This entry can be overwritten at any time by entering a different start address. After entering a start or destination address, the entered address can be searched for using the “Search for” key. In case of ambiguous entries, a list of possible addresses is displayed and the desired address can be selected. An address can be added or removed as a favorite.

By clicking on “Start selection” or “Destination selection” the following options are available.

  • Home – the set home address is selected here. This option is available only in the destination selection.
  • Last destinations – the list of last destinations is displayed here.
  • Favorites – the list of your favorites is displayed here. The input field can be used to search for favorites. Via the “Sort” button the favorites can be sorted in different ways. Manually, last used, distance to own position and alphabetically. With manual sorting, the order can be customized. A favorite can be selected, renamed and deleted.
  • Points of Interest – the list of interesting places in the area is displayed here.
  • Contacts – here you can select an address from your contacts.
  • Selection from map – here the position can be selected interactively on the map.
  • Current position – selects the current position.

Options

The following options can be selected here.

  • Swap start and destination – the entries under start and destination are swapped.
  • Stopover – the route can be extended by an stopover. If the button is pressed, another input field for a stopover is displayed after exiting the menu.
  • Reset – all entries will be reset.
  • Back – exit the current menu.

Individual

Individual route settings can be selected here.

  • Determine allowable crossing types for various road categories.
  • Crossing dead ends.
  • Free crossing – in pedestrian zones across ways and squares that do not have defined footways, the most direct crossing possible is calculated and navigated.
  • Determine allowable surface quality of the subsurface.
  • The use of stairs, escalators and elevators.

“Show routes” starts the preview. Below this is a display of the GPS accuracy by means of a traffic light.

Preview

The preview shows three different routes. The individual route, the standard route and the shortest route. Furthermore, the length and duration of a route, as well as a list of navigation instructions, which are output during an actual route guidance. This makes it possible to virtually run a planned route in advance and prepare for the waypoints. The route can be saved via the “Save route” button. The individual settings can be changed directly here and the route can be reloaded.

Start

The navigation is started by pressing the “Start” key. At the beginning of the navigation, there is no longer any alignment to the starting point of the route. You will now receive information in which direction you should start. This is followed by the normal navigation announcements. Navigation announcements can be repeated via key, rotor and shaking the device.

When navigation is running, the following controls and information are available

  • Headline – output of the current destination.
  • Save route – Saves the current route.
  • Arrow with turn direction and distance to the next waypoint as well as the current navigation announcement.
  • Alignment arrow – turns the alignment aid on or off. This changes the display to show the distance to the route or the waypoint being aimed at.
  • Information about destination and arrival time.
  • Exit – button to exit the navigation.
  • Arrow display – switches the display to large directional arrow. There are the same controls and a possibility to switch back to the map display.

Alignment aid

You can turn the alignment aid on or off at any time using the key or the rotor. Use the alignment aid to align yourself on the route to the next waypoint or to find your way back to the route. When finding your way back, you will be aligned again in the direction of the next waypoint after reaching the route. To do this, it is necessary to turn the smartphone and yourself in the announced direction. As soon as you are aligned, the alignment help is automatically deactivated.

My routes

Here you can find your saved routes. Via the input field you can search for routes. Via the button “Sort” the routes can be sorted in different ways. Manually, last used, distance to own position and alphabetically. In case of manual sorting, the order can be adjusted individually. A route can be renamed, deleted and opened in the preview. Navigation can be started from there.

Surroundings

In the Surroundings section, interesting places, so-called points-of-interest, are indicated in your surroundings. There are two operating modes: radar and flashlight. If you hold your smartphone horizontally with the screen facing up, the flashlight mode is active. In flashlight mode, points-of-interest are automatically announced in the direction the smartphone is pointed.
If you hold the smartphone upright with the screen facing you, you switch to radar mode and all POIs around you are displayed. In radar mode, however, the POIs are not announced automatically, as the list can be very extensive. You must therefore scroll through the list manually. In Radar mode, there is a Refresh function to update the list as needed. This is especially useful when you turn, or change your position to update the list and position information afterwards. The settings menu contains the category filter and radius functions.
The Categories – Filter allows you to filter the list by different POI categories. Activating a filter criterion will then show only the results in the list that belong to the activated category.
The Radius option allows you to specify the distance from your position up to which POIs should be displayed. The default value is 100m. The maximum value is 1000m.

My ways

The “My ways” area allows you to record ways, follow them again and manage them.
Under “Record way” a new way can be recorded. First, a unique name must be entered. When you click the “Start recording” button, the walked way will be recorded. The application switches to the recording mode. Here the covered distance and the elapsed time are displayed. Via the button “Exit” the way recording can be stopped. Via the button “Details” the current status of the recording can be displayed at any time, this includes information such as recorded way length, time or number of waypoints.
The input field can be used to search for ways. Via the button “Sorting” the ways can be sorted in different ways. Manually, last used, distance to own position and alphabetically. In case of manual sorting, the order can be customized. A way can be tracked, exported, renamed and deleted.
If a recorded way is called up, a preview is shown first. The address of the starting point is determined and output. The “Reverse” key reverses the way, so that one is led from the end point of a way back to the start point. The “Start” key starts the way guidance and you are guided along this way. If you are too far away from the starting point, a corresponding error message is displayed.

Object detection

In the object detection, the camera image is evaluated in real time and objects and their distance are detected. Routago Assist is able to recognize a variety of objects, such as people, cars, bicycles, motorcycles and other vehicles, but also chairs, tables, benches, animals and much more. The application analyzes the camera image and estimates the distance of the detected object from its size. The specified distance should therefore only be understood as a reference value.
If several objects are detected close to each other (e.g. a group of people), they are also grouped together and named as a group. As soon as the detection is active, a signal tone is played at regular intervals.

Settings, help and imprint

Settings

Global settings can be found here.

Navigation

  • Home address – A fixed address can be stored under Home address. This can be selected as a destination during navigation.
  • Route deviation – Here you can make individual settings for the behavior of the navigation in case of route deviation.
    • Manual – you decide each time which option will be executed.
    • Automatic – the option you set will be executed automatically. Choose between the three options back to route, new route and end navigation.
    • Distance in meters – set how large the distance from the route must be for a deviation to begin.
    • Angle in degrees – set how big the angle of the walking direction must be in relation to the current route section for a deviation to start.
    • Duration in seconds – set how long one of the first two conditions must be met for a deviation to exist.
    • Minimum distance in meters – set the minimum distance to the route for a deviation to exist.
    • Use factory settings – Reset the four parameters to factory settings.
  • Instructions – Here you can specify which instructions the navigation should contain. More options will be added here.
    • Trail turns are minor changes in direction on the same trail segment.
  • Use version 1 routing – Routago Assist version 2 contains an improved routing algorithm. Here is the possibility to use the routing from version 1.

Rotor actions

Here you can determine the functions of the app through which the rotor is to be expanded in its selection options

Routago subscription

Here you can find information about Routago subscription.

Help

In the Help section, in addition to this tutorial, there are the other functions “Give us feedback”, “Rate Routago” and “Release notes”.

  • Under “Give us feedback” an email window will open and you will have the opportunity to send us questions and comments.
  • Under “Rate Routago” you can submit a rating in the app store. Please keep in mind: Routago Assist is under constant development and contains highly complex technologies. If you have any comments about Routago, or problems with the functions and results, we would be very happy to receive feedback from you before you submit a rating in the app store.
  • In the “Release notes” you will find information about the new features of the respective version.

Imprint

Under this item you will find a variety of legal notices. These are imprint, terms of use, privacy policy and software licenses.
The imprint provides information about us.
You have already agreed to the terms of use when you first start the application. Here you can view them again. In addition, the date of your consent is noted here.
The privacy policy provides information about the use of personal data in the app.
Under Software Licenses, all modules and the corresponding rights holders are listed.

Freemium

As a user without an active subscription, you can use Routago with limited scope. The navigation of the standard route is available to you. The individual route navigation as well as further selection and configuration options are only for premium users. Furthermore, you can use the “My Ways” function, but here you can only access one way.

We hope you enjoy using Routago Assist.