Message Posted: Feb 25, 2012 1:45:11 PM
The app lists stations in a radius from the current position, but a user is very unlikely to have gathered prices from all directions; he is more likely to have come from a single direction. Therefore it would be useful to restrict the display to stations from a certain quadrant with a farther reach than currently provided.
Example: Instead of a default radius, the user could specify a direction from the current location, e.g. N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW. The list would then display stations from a beam centered about the specified direction. With fewer directions to deal with, the list could display more stations for a given direction, namely those farther away. It is annoying to find all the stations from a trip on a list, but the one farthest away is missing because it is just beyond the list's radius.
The user could adjust the width of the beam at will, say, from 1/4 quadrant to 2 quadrants. The narrower the beam, the farther away the stations would be displayed. This could restrict the display to those stations near the axis of the beam or widen it to include stations miles off the route.
This feature would allow selecting a virtual position marker on the map to temporarily take the place of the current GPS marker. Then, switching to the list and aiming it, the list would display all stations in the specified beam as though the user were still physically at the center point. With those two features, the user could move the list along the route he took just as though he had stopped along the route every default radius regardless of his current location.
This feature would gather GPS points along a route and use them to aim and center lists along the entire route, automatically adjusting the aiming feature in the direction of travel.
MAP PREVIEW OF BEAM
After sufficient experience is gained, the user will find the aiming and width useful to include all the stations along his route and ignore the others. However, a Map Beam Preview feature could display all the stations for the current center, aim and width so that he could make the correct choices by simply seeing how it looks on the map.
[Edited by: CampKohler at 2/25/2012 1:48:22 PM EST]