As far as we can tell, the new A to A routing feature is a world-first for a satnav app. Arrive at a destination, fire up the app, input your desired mileage, add points of interest to see along the way, and wait for a few seconds for a suggested route to be summoned. Tap ‘follow this route’ and off you go!
This will make the app into a tool for cycle tourists, for day tours and for longer duration trips. The app can currently plot a route of 200 miles.
The app is a standard satnav in that it routes from A to B, albeit a satnav specific to cycling. Version 3.0 adds A to A circular routing. This makes the app into a tour-suggestor tool.
You can ask for a tour with or without Points of Interest: such as parks, castles and so on.
We’re hoping to link up with National Trust properties in the future, adding their locations to OpenStreetMap. The PoI dataset is still patchy in places, but it will grow and get better over time.
Also in version 3.0 – and a much requested feature – is dynamic route recalculation. Stray from the route and the app will suggest you make a u-turn. Stray a bit further and the app will create a new route, on the fly. This is standard on car satnavs, and it’s finally on Bike Hub version 3.0, thanks to app coding work from app developer Tinderhouse and routing tweaks by Cyclestreets.
Version 3.0 also makes the cross-hair icon a little bigger and shifts it left so fat-fingered folks no longer press ‘cancel’ when they want to hit the ‘locate me’ button. There’s also has tighter integration with Cyclestreets, adding a box to input a Cyclestreets journey number. This will be useful if you prefer to pre-plan your routes via desktop and then want to transfer the same route to your smartphone.
The most requested feature from users is added in version 3.0. This is map cacheing. Map tiles can be downloaded to a smartphone when in range of wifi or a good 3G signal. Users will still require a phone signal to call down the route from Cyclestreets but maps – which can take a while to download in a poor signal area – can now be stored locally. (And deleted later, if wished).