Sydney Motorways site is now officially live!
Eclipse have been working on this for a few months now for our client the RTA. It's a first for Australian Roads, an interactive map developed in flash that allows motorists to plan their trip using the Sydney orbital network. All you need to do is select the entry and exit interchanges and the application will automatically calculate the toll for that stretch of motorway.
It features live traffic feeds also - just click on a camera icon to view the traffic conditions before you head off. There is also a full traffic incidents section and heaps of other features.
This was an interesting project to work on, just the sheer complexity of the interchange options was enough to do our heads in at the design stage. You see, not all interchanges are the same - some can only be entered from a particular direction, so we had to provide users with all of the information they needed to select the correct interchange for the direction that they wanted to take. It sounds simple enough but it's hard to provide visual guidelines and onscreen instructions that are succinct and intuitive and don't require the user to read too much. In the end, we developed an animated red trip route line that helps inform the user of the direction that they can take from any interchange.