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The ABRP beta site now supports amenity stops! Amenity stops lets you include restaurants, hotels, shops and much more to your plans.  This will be a premium feature when released, but we have made it available for everyone to test for now!

 

There are three different ways to search for amenities:

1. Amenity at a waypoint

Click the settings icons next to a waypoint. Then select the type of amenity, the filters, how long to stay and hit "Done". This will search for an amenity close to that waypoint and include it on the plan.

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2. Amenity search

Click one of the three amenity icons above the inputs. Then select the filters, set how long to drive before stopping and hit "Done". This will add an amenity stop after some time driving to your plan.

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3. Amenities around a charger

You can always check the amenities around a charger. No matter if the charger is part of the plan or not. Just press the charger and browse among the amenity categories.

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When on the plan output, you can swipe between the amenities around a charger using the left and right arrows. You can also change the amenity charger using the arrows or the circular refresh button on that charger.

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If you want to add multiple amenity stops, you have to add them one by one. Add your first amenity stop, hit the plan button and choose the amenity on the plan output.

Then bo back to the input page. Your first amenity stop will now be plan of the input addresses and you'll be able to add more amenity stops.

 

This feature is still in beta, so all feedback is appreciated.

Happy planning!

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I've tried to plan a test route with an amenity stop, but it seems to ignore my max distance setting.  For example, I have set a maximum 500ft distance from the charger but it shows a charger in the middle of an industrial site with a McDonald's three miles (~15,750ft) away. 

It also seems to take me quite far off route instead of sending me to the motorway services, which would be the most logical place to stop.  It would be helpful to be able to set a limit for the maximum amount of diversion from the "ideal" route either in distance or in time, then have it take this into account dynamically rather than having to pre-plan an amenity stop at a fixed location.  Basically, I don't care where I stop as long as it has a CCS charger, food, and toilets all within a defined radius from each other and from the ideal route. 

I would also suggest making the "stop after" and "stop duration" a range rather than a fixed time.  For example, on a long journey I'm happy to go 1.5-2.5 hours without a break, but because I can only enter a fixed value of two hours it may end up excluding some better amenity sites that would have been acceptable.

Also, does the amenity stop engine take into account the amenity's hours of operation?  Can I enter a planned departure time from the start point and have that taken into account for traffic prediction and charger/amenity opening hours?  If not, that would be a useful feature.

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Hi @ianp,
 

On 5/23/2021 at 12:25 PM, ianp said:

I've tried to plan a test route with an amenity stop, but it seems to ignore my max distance setting.  For example, I have set a maximum 500ft distance from the charger but it shows a charger in the middle of an industrial site with a McDonald's three miles (~15,750ft) away.

Do you by any chance have the link to that plan? We should normally respect the set max distance.

On 5/23/2021 at 12:25 PM, ianp said:

It also seems to take me quite far off route instead of sending me to the motorway services, which would be the most logical place to stop.

A link to the plan would be very helpful.

On 5/23/2021 at 12:25 PM, ianp said:

I would also suggest making the "stop after" and "stop duration" a range rather than a fixed time.

We're looking into this.

On 5/23/2021 at 12:25 PM, ianp said:

Also, does the amenity stop engine take into account the amenity's hours of operation?

Currently not, it would've been great but as you can see on the info of the stops we currently do not have that data to work with.

/Katya
 

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