Hey fellow #ingress
fans. I wanted to try to wrap my head around some weirdness I see in the ingress client on both android and iPhone, and see if its somehow intentional, or a bug? I commute 80 miles a day. I carpool with another ingress player. Which ever of us is not driving, is in the passenger seat, ingressing as we commute. We've found several features of the game that seem broken when moving at vehicle speeds. For instance, hacking a portal as we pass it seems to grant to items, where if we stand next to the portal and hack, it works just fine. Recharging portals on the go is also broken. If you open up a portal using your portal key in your inventory, recharging it simply has no effect. This all makes the one hour each way that we spend in the vehicle with not much else to do, which might be prime ingress time, both useless and sometimes quite frustrating.
Are these limitations intentional? Perhaps to deter people from ingressing while driving? This seems possible, and in fact responsible, but I think it could be better implemented if that is indeed the case. Maybe simply lock-out those features at times that the client feels you shouldn't be doing them. Or find some way to verify that you are indeed not driving before preventing you from doing these things?