Augmented Reality in Auckland Traffic

Latest update of Auckland Traffic (2.2) contains a new Augmented Reality View (accessed from the menu of main screen).

You should be able to point to highway and be able to see closest cameras to you.

However, we have noticed that on all HTC Trophy devices I’ve tested – compass is off by 90 degrees.

Please do let us know if you have issues with this new view and compass pointing the wrong way on your phones.

Auckland Traffic 2.0 Release

I’m pleased to announce the general availability of Auckland Traffic 2.0 for Windows Phone Mango (7.5): http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=c83af1f4-e589-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8

Inclusion of extra cameras did slow down performance of 1.x versions so we’ve optimised the start-up performance for both main map screen and camera screens.

Camera Screen

Cameras that are physically close together will be grouped together so that they can be seen and activated without need to zoom-in:

10 Cameras grouped toghether

Single cameras can now be pinned to start screen and will create a two-sided tile that will display traffic congestion information around that camera. These cameras will be updated every 30 minutes as long as battery saver mode is not active and there’s network connection. Activating this tile will take you to the Camera screen, which is much faster to load then whole map screen:

Multiple live tiles   Camera Screen

We’ve also optimized the main live tile image to reduce data consumption, new image is 18~19KB, compared with previous 28KB image, decreasing maximum data consumption from 99 MB/month to 66MB/month.

Each pinned camera image will also consume about 20KB for each update, consuming maximum of 29 MB/month per pinned camera image.

We would love to see your reviews of our app and please drop us any suggestions of what you might want to see in next update of Auckland Traffic.

More Auckland Traffic Highway Data

We’ve been informed that congestion data for SH20, SH20A and SH20B will be available starting November 1st 2011.

Hopefully this will not cause any problems with Auckland Traffic (full version) except for some performance hit during loading.

In the other news, Auckland Traffic 2.0, with Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) support is being tested as we speak, and we’re hoping for update to become available to all later this week.

Auckland Traffic Mango Beta 2

Since Beta 1 has expired, Beta 2 is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. If you would like to participate, please send us your Windows Live Id to nzbee@live.com and we’ll send you the link to Beta in the marketplace.

Good news is that it will no longer require a free developer slot on your phone and that anyone with Mango will be able to participate.