Sendero has released version 3.0 of their GPS apps for iOS devices, and the beginnings of indoor navigation support are among the list of changes.
Sendero has been working on support for indoor navigation for some time, most recently with support from a grant from the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. This will help to create an open-source database of beacons and allow for independent travel in complex indoor environments such as shopping malls and airports.
Other features may be familiar to users of Sendero's GPS products for the BrailleNote or BrailleSense, such as waypoint routes and an expanded points of interest search. users can also request an Uber from the app in this version.
The updates will apply to Senderos' apps in the U.S., UK, and Australia.
Here's what's new in version 3.0.
What's New in Version 3.0
Added Waypoint Routes, similar to Manual "Breadcrumb" routes that are in our other Sendero GPS products. All you have to do to create a Waypoint route is walk the route and the app will save points along the way. Waypoint routes are helpful when there are no street maps, as in a park or campus.
Redesigned the Points of Interest user interface to make searching for POIs more streamlined. You can now use the Nearby POI Shortcut Gesture (double tap, hold and release on the POIs Menu button) or go to the POI Search Screen to search for a specific POI or a POI category. Unless you select a category, the search will be in All categories.
If a POI search finds no results, in addition to expanding or cancelling the search, you can now select switch POI source. Your default
POI Source will not change if you switch POI Sources for a POI search. You can set your default POI Source in General Settings.
Added indoor navigation support, Beacons button on the POI screen, as part of our current federal grant from the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. Beacon coverage is limited to a few locations in the US, UK, Germany and Turkey. We will be working to expand this coverage over the course of the grant, so stay tuned!
Added Uber to Route type options. The app will send your location and destination to Uber so that you can schedule an Uber ride.
Added an additional setting for the Shake sensitivity, you can now choose Hard, Medium or Off.
Countries and regions available as of 2017:
USA, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Canada, UK, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Israel.Source: Sendero Group
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