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Can Streets & Trips tell travel time from A to B?
SpadesFlush
I think I am talking about something more prosaic....
Marvin Hlavac
Ha ha, I know ...
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
I haven't played much with the new GPS trail and the new GPX export either, but I think the GPX file would contain time data, so after traveling from A to B, you would just look at the time difference between the start and the end of the GPS trail.
If I recall correctly, Streets&Trips GPX export of track data does not include the timestamps, does it?

...ken...
Marvin Hlavac
Not sure, as I said I haven't played much with the GPS trail and the new GPX export either.
Marvin Hlavac
I just checked the GPX files I created with Streets & Trips 2010 when I was doing the comparison test with BU-353 versus i-Blue GM-2. The GPX files do contain date and time info.

The first record is: 2010-10-14T16:04:02-05:00
and the last: 2010-10-14T16:49:52-05:00

So my trip from A to B took me about 45 minutes
Ken in Regina
Thanks for the clarification, Marvin. I didn't have any S&T track files to check.

...ken...
lorel
Nice to see that I generated some interest in this area. Imagine 1000 S&T users criss crossing a major city over a year and combine all the data for major roads and aves, remove road construction dates and come up with a average time database to fall on. That can be usefull to tell a customer that I will be at your location in this x amount of time based on historical data.

I do mobile mechanical work and often, I put in the time required to go from my residence to where the car is located. I get the question asked "well how much travel time are you going to charge me?" If I had a average, I would charge them the average trip time. No way would I charge 2 hours in a traffic jam when it would be 1 hour with little traffic. I think a average would be fair to the customer and also, is consistent flat travel fee.

Some customers do not understand that time is money. If I travel 1 hour to there car, then travel 1/2 hour to get parts and 1/2 hour back, I have to charge 2 hours for travel time. That is the cost of convenience.

Mobile mechanic is especially good for fleet work. What is a company to do? Send three of its employees to a shop each being payied 15-25 per hour? Then pay full shop rate and do it all over again bringing the employees back?

BTW, getting used to S&T and its good. Need to buy a NMEA 2.0 compliant GPS receiver/antenna.
Marvin Hlavac
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Imagine 1000 S&T users criss crossing a major city over a year and combine all the data for major roads and aves, remove road construction dates and come up with a average time database to fall on. That can be usefull to tell a customer that I will be at your location in this x amount of time based on historical data.
I may be misunderstanding you (again), but Streets & Trips can already do this for you. This is a very basic feature that likely every single GPS navigation software offers. The screen shot bellow is from the current review of Streets & Trips:



As you can see, the Driving Time is right there, so you can tell your customer you will arrive in approximately that long.
SpadesFlush
Yes, if what you are after is predicted, or anticipated, time to destination, S&T does a pretty good job of that as Marvin states. In addition to that data that Marvin's arrow points to, a route plan, or "Driving Directions" gets created when you plan a route that gives you the time points for each driving direction. This can be printed out or saved to clipboard and either handed over to the client or e-mailed him/her for clear documentation of your charges. This should help the client understand that time is money as you say.

I might also point out that S&T has route options that allow you to jiggle the time assumptions somewhat. That is, you can select conservative or aggressive driving speeds which will produce longer or shorter driving times respectively should that sort of thing interest you.

If you use S&T this way, you need not worry about the actual time elapsed which is where I thought your concerns where earlier in the thread.
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