Pokemon stop spawn and showing up in Sightings at driving speeds of around 30mph according to reports. Is it a bug or by design? Niantic is silent.
A new issue is inducing rage into Pokemon Go trainers around the country. Many trainers stopped seeing Pokemon spawning while driving in their car or on public transport. They can't capture Pokemon when traveling at a speed of around 30mph. Many players use the Pokemon Go Plus to capture nearby Pokemon while driving. Some parents complain that now their kids are a pain in the neck again while in the car as they can't catch Pokemon.
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Especially trainers in rural areas are hit by this new speed limitation that apparently stops Pokemon to spawn. The issue is though not conclusive yet. There are reports from some trainers that they do not experience a speed limit. They can still capture Pokemon while driving at speeds of 30mph and higher.
At this point it is not clear if what many trainers are dealing with is a bug or by design. Empty Sighting screens can also be caused by GPS communication issues.
Niantic has not reacted to the issue yet. A server issue last week where trainers could not log in for a couple of hours was worthwhile for Niantic to acknowledge the issue on Twitter. The speed limit issue has not yet triggered anything. Affected trainers urge to post a bug report (link) on the Niantic support site to pressure Niantic to act.
The new speed limit, if it is by design, might also become an issue for Pokemon Go trackers. The speed limit works on the frequency and distance between several subsequent scans. The worker accounts of scanners like FastPokeMap, could end up with empty lists of Pokemon. There is a theory that Niantic introduced the speed limit as a measure against GPS spoofers and trackers. As a side effect legit users experience a speed limit.
There is a basic issue with the ability to catch Pokemon while driving at higher speeds than walking. To allow it is against Niantic's principle of motivating gamers to work out. To catch Pokemon while on a bus or other public transport is a nice thing to do. Giving kids something to do while on a lengthy car trip is also a nice thing, especially for the parent.
The whole controversy around speed limit in Pokemon Go comes down to Niantic not making a clear statement about speed limit.
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In parallel developments, the FastPokeMap developer is in the final steps to bring back the popular Pokemon Go tracker. It might be working again on Sunday. Read the latest on the development progress. More Pokemon Go News.