Enhancing Navigation by Selectively Considering Planned Road Closures
One possible solution could be to include a checkbox that allows editors to choose which planned closures are considered so important that they should be taken into account in the navigation before they become effective. This way, editors can select only the closures that are critical for navigation, while excluding those that are not as important.
For example, in Switzerland these days, the Gotthard Tunnel is closed at night for cleaning. This closure can cause significant disruptions to travel, as the Gotthard Tunnel is an essential link between German-speaking Switzerland and the Italian-speaking Ticino region. Without the tunnel, the detour would have to start much further away, causing much longer travel times and significant inconvenience.
If the closure starts at 10 pm, the navigation would strictly continue towards the Gotthard Tunnel until that time, only to then turn back shortly before the closure. This could be avoided if the planned closure could be taken into account in the navigation before it becomes effective.
A restriction would not pose this problem, but we would not have the flexibility to adjust the closure at short notice, as we would have to wait for the map update. That’s why it would be useful if the planned closures could be taken into account in the navigation before they become effective.
With the checkbox, it could also ensure that the end date is taken into account. For example, if the closure ends at 5am, navigation could start towards that closure beforehand. However, this can only be ensured with the checkbox, so that in case of an accident or an unclear closure end time, navigation is not initiated prematurely.