Sygic GPS Navigation was originally only available in iOS format but is now available on the Android Auto platform as one of the first non-Google navigation alternatives, offering the benefit of offline maps.
Apart from off-line maps, it also offers voice navigation through a helmet bluetooth intercom and quick connection to some modern motorcycle instrument panels.
It also indicates real-time traffic reports such as jams, crashes and roadworks, as well as speed limit warnings.
How the countdown works
The Traffic Lights countdown add-on does not trigger a green light.
Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is check my phone for news and updates on things I’m passionate about. Do you know who is really passionate? Ducati enthusiasts; I would know, my dad’s one of them. We check our subreddits, forums, and favorite blogs to keep up-to-date and in the loop with the things that motivate us. Nothing motivates some individuals more than the prospect of having your hard work pay off with a new Italian superbike.
Ducati has just launched the MyDucati app on both Andriod and iOS for owners and enthusiasts alike. For the owners, MyDucati has some great features like access to the owners’ manuals for your bike and your Ducati Card right on your phone. If you bet me $20 to go find my dealership info for my personal bike in 20 minutes, it’s probably not going to happen. Life is easy when you have your dealership card right on your mobile device in the event you need to pop by the shop quickly for any kind of work. Not only that – the app has all the info you’ll need to get in touch with your favorite Ducati dealer on the fly.
The hopeless romantics can take some solace in knowing this app isn’t just geared towards owners; this is where Ducati plans on updating you on upcoming releases and more. You can even customize your own bike and option it out the way that you like it so you can add your dream bike to your vision board (oh come on… I can’t be the only one that has one.).
Not only that, it also promotes events to other riders.
Motorcycle events and riders’ favourite stretches of roadare expected to be a significant section of the PicTrax app given the opportunity for creative shots inherent in interesting riding routes.
The photographer has the choice of getting credit or remaining anonymous.
Here’s how it works:
Free PicTrax app
The free Android and Apple PicTrax app geographically pins the photo to the event’s location and interfaces with directions on how to get there.
The amateur or professional mobile phone snapper who uploads the photo to the app then earns money in direct proportion to the photo’s popularity.
Popularity is determined by the number of votes it receives from viewers. Once the photo reaches a minimum threshold of $20, the credits earned can be taken by the photographer in cash.
How many votes you will need is not yet known but it could be in the thousands.
The app also holds the photo as a personal travel and events diary for the photographer and can be shared with family and friends. Even if the phone is lost, the photographs and their pinned locations remain intact on PixTrax.
The app was conceived and created by Brisbane-based Obelia McCormack who self-funded its development.
“The app brings an unrivalled level of individuality to the photos allowing the mobile phone photographer to use it for one-off events, to create a major social following, or any level in between,” Obelia says.
“PicTrax also has a 19-point, easy-to-read chart comparing its features with those of Instagram, Google Maps, Pinterest, Trip Advisor, Facebook and YouTube.
“The nearest of them has only 10 of PicTrax’s 19 dynamic features and the rest, while perhaps great for other purposes, are not even close to the design direction of PicTrax.
“We’re always using are smartphones to snap the places and events we want to remember.
“PicTrax is primarily about the impressive views, outlooks and landscapes as well as the events held there. It’s not about a photo of a meal or a 21stbirthday. That’s a keen difference between PicTrax and other apps – it’s scenery and happenings, rather than people pulling funny faces.
“We’re actually already building our own, unique, photographic libraries.
“PixTrax provides a platform to share those libraries as a source of information for others as well as ourselves, and for the smartphone photographers to be financially rewarded for doing so.
“The app’s website, www.pictrax.com also includes tutorials to show how it’s done, but a key objective was to make the technology incredibly user-friendly and simple to use. We’ve been able to achieve that.
“As well as being designed for the amateur snapper, PicTrax also provides opportunity for budding professional photographers, to publish a portfolio URL and create an avenue for image sales.”
PicTrax users are required to agree to the PicTrax Terms of Service, which among other things, requires users to declare they have the legal rights to take, upload and display their photos.
Instead, the Sygic add-on displays a green or red light countdown timer at each traffic light.
They claim it will encourage motorists to slow down, increasing safety at intersections, reducing CO2 emissions and improve traffic flow.
Sygic CEO Martin Strigac says their artificial intelligence add-on “will have a major impact on safety and the time of arrival”.
“The kit will be continuously upgraded with additional assistance features, including detection of speed-limit signs, lanes, and obstacles on the road, and collision detection,” he says.
“We are also exploring the idea of integrating it with rail-crossing warning systems.”
Two out of every three motorcycle accidents (66.7%) occur at intersections and motorists running red lights is one of the major causes of those crashes.
Anything that can reduce that would be welcome.
However, we are unsure if a countdown feature for a green light to turn red might actually encourage motorists to speed up to catch the light.
Also, a countdown to a red light turning green might encourage motorists to jump the lights.
We are also concerned that drivers who already don’t look for motorcyclists might be more intent on watching their satnav traffic light countdown feature than scanning the road for riders.
Technology is great when it is proven to increase safety, but the jury is still out on this, as far as we are concerned.
Meanwhile, the CES 2020 Innovation jury of 82 technology experts says the Sygic GPS Navigation’s Traffic Lights add-on “showcased innovative features that scored highly across the evaluation criteria and joins a special group of other products given this honour.”