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Detour behaviour Scenic 3

In Scenic you can customize your detour behaviour. In other words, you can customize how Scenic reacts when you deviate from your route. You can find the Detour Behaviour options in Settings > Navigation & Tracking > Detour Behaviour. This short video shows the options:

Recalculate on detour ON

If ‘recalculate on detour’ is ON (default), and you deviate from your route, Scenic will guide you back to the first via point or stop that you did not reach yet. Take below example:

  • T1 is the original route
  • T2 you miss the turn and Scenic will recalculate the route to guide you to the first unreached via point. Via point 3 in this case.
  • T3 (uTurn): in this scenario Scenic makes you do a u-turn to get to 3
  • T3 (loop): in this scenario Scenic makes you do a loop to get to 3 and continue the loop to get to 4 afterwards. Scenic might choose this option if there is no opportunity to do a u-turn and/or if there are one-way-streets involved.

SKIP NEXT STOP/VIA

Imagine the T3 scenarios above. Let’s say you missed the turn (on purpose or by accident), and you decide it’s not important to go to via point 3. In that case you can skip this point. You can do this in two ways:

  1. By tapping the ‘Skip Next Via/Stop’ button in the Navigation Menu (big button menu).
  2. By tapping the ‘Skip Next Via/Stop’ button that temporarily appears on the screen every time a detour is detected.
    Please note that this button only shows if it’s enabled in the Detour Behaviour Settings (disabled by default).

This will initiate a route recalculation without the first unreached via point. So, in this case, via 3 will be skipped and you will be guided to via 4 and continue the route normally from that point onward. Like this:

If you want/need to skip more via points or stops, you can tap the button in the Navigation Menu several times.

Self-Correct

Imagine the T3 (uTurn) scenario again. But now imagine you ignore the instruction to do a u-turn. In stead, you just keep on going. This is what will happen if Self-Correct is turned ON (it’s ON by default):

  • T4 you ignore the U-Turn and just keep going
  • T5 Scenic will recalculate again, because you deviated (again) from the route. In this case, Scenic will tell you to do a U-Turn a little bit further. Still with the purpose to get you to Via point 3.
  • T6 You keep ignoring the instructions (maybe because you know the way and you just want to continue the route without reaching via point 3).
  • T7 Scenic realizes you joined the route again, and recognizes that you missed via point 3. Because self-correct is turned on, Scenic will assume you did this intentionally, and will assume that you don’t want to go to Via point 3 anymore. It will mark via point 3 as ‘reached or skipped’ and stop sending you back to via point 3. In stead it will continue the navigation to the first unreached via point ‘up stream’ from where you joined the route again. In this case via point 4.

With Self-Correct OFF Scenic will persistently guide you back to via point 3, even if you reach the route further ahead, until your reach via point 3, or until you manually skip it.

Auto-skip Via Points

The above scenarios could be quite irritating during riding if you don’t want to go to the next via point. It either requires you to touch the screen to manually skip the next via point, or, you will get continuous route recalculation messages (audible and on screen). This is where the auto-skip via points feature could be handy. Auto-skip via points automatically skips via points within a certain radius of your current location when a route deviation is detected. This radius is customizable in the Detour Behaviour Settings:

Imagine the T2 scenario again, where we just missed the turn:

  • T2 We missed the turn
  • T3 Because auto-correct is ON, Scenic checks if there are unreached via point in the auto-skip-radius, in this case, Via point 3, and mark them all as reached/skipped.
  • T4 Scenic then recalculates the route to guide you from your current location to the first unreached via point that is outside the radius. In this case, via point 4.

This is very nice because now you won’t have to manually skip via points, and you won’t get continuous route recalculations. You can just continue the navigation as if nothing has happened.

WARNING:Your route can become significantly different because if you turn ‘Auto-skip via points’ ON, especially if you set the radius high. The bigger the radius, the higher the chance is that via points are removed that you don’t want to remove. This can result in the recalculated route taking different roads. Take this scenario for example:

  • T10 You have created a route going on a nice curvy backroad. But you take a wrong turn just after via point 1.
  • T11 The auto-skip radius is very large, and via point 2, 3 and 4 are marked as reached/skipped.
  • T12 The new route is calculated directly from your current position to via point 5.

As you can see, the new route is significantly different. It ignores the curvy back road, because there is a faster/shorter route to via point 5 over a boring straight highway. This is probably not what you wanted.

Stops vs Via points: There is a separate help article on the difference between stops and vias. From detour behaviour perspective there is one big difference: Stops won’t be removed by the auto-skip via points feature. Scenic assumes that you planned stops deliberately, that you really want to go there no matter what. So, imagine we have a similar scenario as above, but now via point 3 is a Stop:

  • T10 You have created a route going on a nice curvy backroad. But you take a wrong turn just after via point 1.
  • T20 The auto-skip radius is very large, and via point 2 and 4 are marked as reached/skipped. Stop 1 however is NOT marked as reached/skipped, even though it’s inside the skip-radius.
  • T21 The new route is calculated from your current position to Stop 1, continuing on to Via 5.

In this scenario Stop 1 will still be reached (and as a side effect you will be guided back to the nice curvy road).

Recalculate on detour OFF

With Recalculate on detour turned OFF, Scenic will NOT recalculate the route if a deviation is detected. In stead, Scenic will stop the navigation instructions until you have found your own way back to the route. Take the very first example again. With Recalculate on Detour turned OFF, that scenario will look like this:

  • T1 is the original route
  • T13 you miss the turn. Scenic will remove all navigation instructions from the screen. You won’t get guidance, no arrow, no instruction. Also the arrival time and distance to destination will be stopped (because Scenic doesn’t know if/where you will join the route again).
  • T14 You are not yet back on the route. Nothing changes. Still no navigation instructions.
  • T15 You found your way back to the route. Scenic recognizes this. Scenic also knows where you joined the route and will mark all via points ‘behind’ you as reached/skipped. The navigation will continue to via point 4.

GUIDE TO ROUTE button

With Recalculate on detour is turned OFF, you have the option to enable the ‘GUIDE TO ROUTE’ button.

This button appears on screen when a route deviation is detected and recalculate on detour is turned OFF. This buttons stays on screen for the number of seconds you set in ‘Visible for’.


When you tap this button, Scenic will resume navigation, guiding you from your current position to whatever unreached via point or stop is closest to you. This can be handy if, for example, you get lost and can’t find your own way back to the route.