Riyadh 360 app makes navigating faster and easier. It includes gorgeous 2D and interactive 3D experience that lets users soar high in the cities of Saudi Arabia. Packed with advanced navigation features like point-to-point directions, real-time traffic conditions and alternate routes suggestions, enables users to get to their destination via the most suitable way. Using this app, users can bookmark and tag their favorite locations in order to get quick directions to reach the desired spot.
The Riyadh 360 application is majorly focused on tourist visitors who come from all around the world. The application is a powerful, easy-to-use platform embedded with the feature of panorama view. One can easily explore landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step view locations such as museums, arenas, restaurants and small businesses with 360-degree images on Map.
2D & 3D View
With its progressive portfolio in the domain of Web and Mobile development, Hiteshi held the responsibility for creating a user-friendly navigation app. Our take on the idea was to provide exemplary development, interactive designs and secure quality analysis services.
The main feature of the app is to allow user to tag POI on any of the location which is visible in panorama under the coverage area of Riyadh city. These POI can be categorized into multiple categories (Restaurant, Hotels, Health & education etc) available in the app.
Other than tagging the POI’s on user’s favorite location, user can also bookmark his visited location and view it later via saved history.
Riyadh 360 supports two language options (English and Arabic) so that users can use the app in the language of their choice.
In 3D map, the navigation arrows show the pathway on 3D map view and restrict the users to move on other area. By clicking on arrow it will load the next scene ID or location. User can move forward, backward, right and left if there is no restriction.
There are green paths on the map that display routes. Along with this, they represent area covered, available scene ID or 3D view on map where user can see the scene ID, tag POI etc.
The zoom in/out feature is also available in the app. It can be used with all three kind of views i.e. 2D, 3D and split screen view. With this option people can look into the picture in a detailed manner by observing closed as well as distant components of the map.
Challenges & Solutions
The major challenge at the initial stage of development of Riyadh 360 was to get a panorama creation library. The library needed to be very smooth and user friendly, enabling better interaction with the system. There were many panorama libraries available but the almost all of them had some specifications that didn’t fit as per the application’s requirement.
The app provided panorama view by combining images in form of a cube. In order to make this work it was necessary to download and add panorama images as quickly as possible. We had problems in creating a perfect cube as images were placed randomly in cube.
For downloading panorama images quickly, we had to apply asynchronous downloading for the images which made the download quick. Along with this, to address the issue of adding the images on cube faces properly, we had to hold all the face objects and add the downloaded images.
Display the navigation arrows as per the received directional data was also one of the challenge.
As the view area of mobile phones is pretty small, we could not place multiple navigation arrows together in order to display the moving directions. We managed things keeping all device sizes in mind for both Android and iOS.