Order results by distance to specified location
|Reported by:||kieran.fleming@…||Owned by:||twain|
This is about me thinking about how nominatim can benefit opensatnav (http://www.opensatnav.org) but can also definitely benefit others.
Restricting results into a bounding box doesn't really satisfy the needs of sat-nav users. What they really want is for results to be biased towards locations close to them.
For example, if the user searches for 'pub' it should return pubs in the order of distance away. If they search for 'North St' it should return results taking into account both the accuracy of the match and the distance away.
At the moment we are using OSM namefinder and it will order the results only by distance so while the first results are really close to the user they aren't a close enough match to what the user wanted.