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Speed Camera Submission Map Updates

Article by: maft
Date: 27 Oct 2010

pocketgpsworld.comIn last weeks newsletter Darren mentioned that we were working on updating the submission map and to expect it in the next week or so. Well, we are happy to announce the new and improved Speed Camera Submission Map. We have added various new features that should make the whole process of submitting, identifying and amending speed cameras a more pleasant experience. Read on for the full list of updates and features.

The full list of changes are:

  • Removed browser geolocation

  • Option to set a default country (cookie-based so if you use different computers you will need to reset a default!)

  • Changing country moves map without need for page reloading

  • Updated to latest version of Google Maps API

  • Updated to latest version of Google Geocoder (for address, postcode, town search)

  • Once you have clicked within the map area you can use the cursor keys and + - to move the map and zoom

  • Blue cursor is now draggable

  • Click on icon to show InfoWindow which then shows camera details

  • InfoWindow has quick links to change/remove/seen again which prefills form accordingly

  • InfoWindow clarifies Inactive Cameras with bright red text

  • Double click icon to center map and zoom closer

  • Heading compass is now draggable (and still clickable) to make calculating and adding the heading easier

  • Hover over icon for type and ID as tooltip

  • Move mouse over camera icon to show direction arrows (rounded off to 22.5 deg)

  • Press the 'Clear Direction Arrows' if you want to remove these from the screen

  • Map Type selection changed to drop-down list to leave more viewing space on the map

Posted by M8TJT on Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:55 pm Reply with quote

Brill Very Happy

Posted by Pocketgps on Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:14 pm Reply with quote

Looks good Laughing

Posted by Andy_P on Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:27 pm Reply with quote

Def. worth a pat on the back!

"Settling in nicely" ;-)

Posted by MaFt on Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:01 am Reply with quote

Andy_P Wrote:
Def. worth a pat on the back!
Bummer, was hoping for a beer...!


Posted by M8TJT on Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:20 am Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:
Andy_P Wrote:
Def. worth a pat on the back!
Bummer, was hoping for a beer...!
Only one? You nearly deserve more Wink

Posted by marc_holmes on Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:32 am Reply with quote

Looks good, but...

Even though I have my default country set to UK when I type in "Buxton" into the search box it takes me to somewhere in the States, near Portland.

Previously it used to take me to Buxton, Derbyshire. Can the site be amended to search only in your default country?

(The reason I keep looking at Buxton is to find out if the Specs camera I submitted on the A54 has been verified yet. One pair has but the other pair hasn't and it is bugging me).

Posted by MaFt on Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:27 pm Reply with quote

marc_holmes Wrote:
Can the site be amended to search only in your default country

but what if UK is your default country and you want to search for somewhere in spain where you saw a camera when on holiday?

easiest thing is to suffix it with either the county or 'uk'. eg Thornton where i live requires me to type 'thornton, bradford'.


Posted by tonik on Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:25 am Reply with quote

Excellent. Reporting a new camera is now sooo easy.

Posted by Gee-Pee on Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:13 am Reply with quote

Great job, MaFt. It was never that difficult before, but now it's a doddle and hopefully will attract even more submissions. Trouble is, I can never find any new ones in my area. Just shows how efficient PGPSW reporters are.


Lifetime member PGPSW - time rapidly decreasing

Posted by Quinny1 on Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:04 pm Reply with quote

I also had a problem when I made a submission this evening.

I entered Thorne, (Near Doncaster.) and it put me somewhere in the good ol USA. I had to do it via Goole which was ok.

Other than that, so far so good.

Posted by chrischapman1951 on Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:59 pm Reply with quote

Hardly ever able to report the cameras I saw with the old system - it just wouldn't accept my reports and I usually gave up on it.
The NEW system seems to be no better. I must be too stupid (even though I got a PhD when my brain was younger) to use your form.
This error report for this new version says it doesn't know which country I am talking about. I have it set to United Kingdom at the top of the form. UK is also my default and I double check the 2nd country pull down at the bottom of the form.
So I presume there is at least a 3rd place to say which country (why you need to say more than once is beyond my understanding) - can someone tell me where it is 'cos I can't find it!

Anyway - if anyone is interested there is a new mobile site in Cottesmore, Rutland outside the church. Out of rear window of the usual Rutland "safety" Van looking back towards Oakham to catch people immediately at 30mph speed sign located at Ashwell Road/Burley Road junction BUT I am unable to report it.

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