Changing Views and Centering
This page describes how to center the map view, switch the stops and vehicle
label orientation, select overlays, display the device location on the
map view, and call Google Street View.
These functions are available through TransiCast's View menu.
Centering the Map View
The Center application menu centers the view to include stops, vehicle locations,
and the device location, if device location tracking
Centering the map view is useful to quickly center the map view to show all relevant information. The map view is centered automatically when the Auto Center function is turned on. Control auto center in TransiCast's settings. When activated, the map view is automatically centered when the following occurs:
- • The result of a stop search is received
- • Vehicle locations and predictions are updated after a manual refresh
- • A destination filter is activated
- • A bookmark is selected
The Refresh menu item calls the Transit Data Server to refresh the current query. Use this feature to manually trigger an update to next bus times, or to try to reload data that did not load properly.
The Clear menu item clears the current selections and data, and returns to the agency list.
Stops and Vehicle Label Orientation
Vehicle labels can be oriented to the left or to the right. Orientation to the right is the default setting. This setting can be changed in TransiCast's Settings, or by flicking the device downward and back up again. This feature uses the built-in motion sensors of the device, and may not be available on all devices.
Satellite and Traffic Overlays
Through corresponding menu item check boxes, turn satellite view and traffic overlay on and off.
Device Location Tracking
The My location function allows the tracking of the device location. The location
is displayed in combination with stops and service vehicles. The device
must have a location provider such as a GPS receiver, and at least one
location provider must be activated in the Android™ device settings. If a device
location provider is not available, TransiCast displays a corresponding message. Switch to the Android™ device settings
with the "Turn on" button.
Once the Android™ system has determined the device location, the location is displayed on the map view, using the standard Android™ blue dot.
Note: The location accuracy varies depending on the active location provider, and the device's environment. Global Positioning System (GPS) based location needs contact to multiple GPS satellites in order to allow the triangulation of the device location. Reflections and shadows in urban canyons, inside vehicles and under trees can cause significant location errors, including the inability to get a GPS based location altogether. GPS signals are typically not available inside tunnels.
The Stop codes menu item toggles the stop labels between stop names and stop codes. A stop may consist of multiple stop codes that represent multiple stop positions, for example where stop positions exist in opposite directions of travel. This is a useful feature where transit agencies post stop codes at stop positions or platforms. The stop codes for a particular destination can be narrowed down by setting a destination filter.
Street View at Stop
The Street view at stop menu item calls Google Street View at a selected stop.
If a stop consists of multiple stop positions, TransiCast uses the middle of the stop positions the selected stop.
The following screenshot shows the Google Street View at TriMet's "Albina/Mississippi MAX Station":
The Back key closes the Google Street View and returns to the map view.
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