Display of Garmin Varia Radar in Locus

Josef Žajdlík shared this idea 2 years ago
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It would be great if Locus could display data from the Display of Garmin Varia Radar. This is an important safety feature for road cyclists and cyclists.https://www.garmin.cz/garmin-varia-radar-rtl510-zadni-svitilna-s-ra/79392

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Hello Josef, thank you for the idea! We will put it to wish list . However, we have now lots of other features which we want to bring to the app, so I am unable to promise that integration with Varia radar will be implemented anytime soon. Jan - WearSoft

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Thank you Jane. Garmin Varia radar is not yet widespread, but for road cyclists and cyclists it is a very important safety feature. As far as I know, yet no android application can display data from it. Only Garmin and Wahoo devices can do this. So if it were able to integrate its support into Locus, it would be quite a head start over other applications like Stava, Endomondo, etc. But I understand that it takes a lot of work.

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is there already cooperation between Locus and Garmin Varia?

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Hi, not yet. Jan

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Hi, I would really appreciate this as well. With new RTL515 radar which works over Bluetooth and since you already support Bluetooth sensors like Heart rate or pedaling cadence this should be relatively easy, I suppose.

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Just right now Garmin released their new Varia Radars with bluetooth connectivity - RTL515 (the same as previous one + bluetooth) and RVR315 (just radar with ANT+/BLE). Currently only their own app and RideWithGPS supports where it is really nice integrated.

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2020/05/garmin-rtl515-rvr315-cycling-radar-review.html

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yes, agree, it would be really nice feature and also huge advantage for locusmap compared to competition. Varia radars are quite widely used (now even more with addition of bluetooth) and so far there are only 2 apps compatible (one is Varia app - which is very simple and RidewithGPS which is quite ok, but can't be compared to Locusmap in number of features)

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Hi guys. Now when you have moved to subscription service it would be really good to get this supported for silver/gold members. And it could be a really nice feature how you could differentiate from the older version.

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It's still not a widespread product and also relatively expensive but it would be great to see in Locus. I don't think it's easy and cheap from a developer perspective but let's hope. Only Ride with GPS supports it but I don't want to use it. The native Varia app does not work in split screen mode, so that's not a workaround either.

I hope someone makes an add-on at least.

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190 Euro for a safety device is not much. Once you try it you will never ride without it.

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+1!

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Garmin Varia is becoming popular with cyclists. The only app which supports the radar is RideWithGPS and it works very well. I'm a fan of Locus since many years but recently i'm using Ride with GPS and evaluating to buy a plan cause the Varia support. I really hope Varia support will be integrated in Locus

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Garmin Varia is in my opinion the best add-on to a road bike. I currently use Garmin's Varia app in split screen mode together with Locus, but this is far from optimal. There are several apps out there that support Varia, so I really hope Locus will join them soon. When testing is needed, I'm willing to help. :)

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