We’re pleased to announce a significant new version of the CycleStreets Android App (version 2.0). It brings a much requested feature – LiveRide sat-nav voice navigation.
- Turn-by-turn voice instructions as you ride
- Automatic rerouting if you go off course
- Can run in the background with screen off
- Option to keep screen on and prevent phone from sleeping
Once you’ve planned a route, simply tap the Start LiveRide button to get going. Once it’s established a GPS lock, it’ll start guiding you on your way. The display shows where you are and your direction of travel. The panel at the top shows the next turn and the distance to it. Your speed is shown at the bottom of the screen.
The padlock icon at the top right controls the screen lock. When locked, the screen will stay on. When unlocked, the phone will turn the screen off as normal. I use a handlebar mount and for short city journeys, I find it useful to keep the screen on. For longer rides, letting the screen turn off as normal helps preserve the battery. I’d also recommend using the off-line map pack too.
Unlike many drivers over the past few years the chances of a cyclist getting stuck following satnav directions seem slim but do take care when using LiveRide.