Avoid Tolls/Highways on Bing Navigation
I live in Aliso Viejo, CA (Zip code 92656 if you want to view it on a map) and running through my neighborhood is a huge, OPTIONAL, toll road, highway 73. It's a bit expensive, but if you are willing to pay the premium it serves as a great shortcut.
Sadly, every single time I try and get navigation directions using Bing on my phone, it picks up the 73 highway as the only route to take. Even if I want to navigate to Target just a few blocks away. I don't want to pay $5.00 just to go to Target.
At this point, without an option to avoid tolls, and/or avoid highways, when getting navigation directions, the Bing navigation is completely useless to me.
GPS Navigation is so key for me due to the amount of driving my wife and I do, and is the only reason my wife continues to rely on her old beat-up Motorola Droid, which we purchased over a year and a half ago. It's had this option since day 1 via Google Maps.
Bing on the desktop offers an option to avoid tolls/highways, why can't the phone version do it too?
Or, perhaps, even better, an option to view and select multiple routes would also be nice. It's so handy for people living in Southern California where taking different freeways can have a huge impact on travel times.
Orion DeEvo commented
Haha I hate the 73! Bing has a serious love for the 73. I have had it route me backwards 5 miles so I could get on the 73 for 1 exit. Its insane. I would love for the to fix this, sadly though I think they are trying to nerf Bing navigation altogether. It isnt even available on wp8.
I recently completed a cross-country trip and this feature was the only reason I could not rely exclusively on my phone for directions. Every day I had to plan ahead by using my computer to figure out if I would be passing through toll roads the next day, and how to route around them. Imagine how bad this would have been if I was unlucky enough to be stuck in a hotel without wifi one night!
If I only used the phone I probably would have paid an extra $50 or so in unexpected tolls that really don't save that much time. This is a critical feature that could easily be marketed as lowering or even eliminating the total cost of ownership of the phone.
James Tullos commented
Also, what if you're visiting somewhere unfamiliar, and end up on toll roads without realizing it until you're already there, unprepared.
Dan Glenn commented
I so wanted this feature today as I drove to a vet appointment. Didn't want to take the freeway and maps kept on directing me to a freeway entrance as I took surface streets. Not a huge problem in the dessert here, as the entrances are miles apart, but certainly must be madding in larger cities.