Newest update to Pokemon Go prevents you from catching 'em all while traveling in a car

Newest update to Pokemon Go prevents you from catching 'em all while traveling in a car
Although the hype surrounding Pokemon Go has certainly died down since its initial release, developer Niantic has still been hard at work in regards to keeping the app regularly updated. Some of the updates have been relatively small, but others have introduced features that fans have been asking for since the game's initial launch. In the newest update, Niantic is taking a step forward to making the app as safe and fair as possible for all players.

Just how will this be achieved though? After you update the app to the newest version, you'll no longer be able to play while traveling in a car. Once the app detects that you're traveling at 30 miles per hour or greater, Pokemon will no longer spawn in your area. In addition to this, distance that counts towards eggs and your Buddy Pokemon will continue to no longer progress either. This will certainly come as an annoyance for folks who have been trying to catch Pokemon while either driving or in the car with someone else, but it really is a smart move on Niantic's end.


Prior to this update, a warning message did appear if the app detected you were moving too fast, but you had the option to say that you weren't driving. Not allowing Pokemon to spawn for anyone that's moving at 30 MPH or higher might seem like a harsh move, but it really is the safest way to go about things. Updates like this might not be the most popular, but they do help to keep the game as fair as possible for everyone that's still playing.



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11 Comments

1. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

If I'd still be playing, this would make me uninstall the game.

2. acruzlu unregistered

I am getting to that point as well. I was annoyed with getting the passenger message when sitting in my room or jogging. This may just be my "braking" point.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This is it! I open the game every once in a while on my way to work from home and back in the bus, now its just pointless. I was starting to get bored with it anyway.

4. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

This will kill this game... I mean.. I cannot go walking to my work! I'm always in a car or in a bus... that is the only way I have to go somewhere in here.... it is not fair.... It is time to unistall this game for good.

5. thxultra

Posts: 466; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Does anyone really play this anymore? I think this will knock out the few remaining players. Think the Pokemon fad is done.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Pokemon fad? No, Pokemon GO fad? Yes. You have to remember that Pokemon came out in the mid 90's and has had a strong following ever since.

7. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Any game with an official Pokemon brand would have been popular. Pokemon Go is essentially Ingress with a Pokemon patch. Perfect recipe for failure. If the Pokemon Company was smart, they'd cut ties with Niantic and make their own Pokemon game.

8. mike2959

Posts: 697; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

It's anything but a failure. It's revenue has topped many blockbuster movies. But the rest of the comments are dead on.

9. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i am glad i uninstalled this crap... Niatic is really a garbage stuido who doesn't deserve to be working on this game. Nintendo should force them sell

10. Aggroninja

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

This is not remotely the right move to make. All it does is make the game even harder to play in rural areas as compared to the cities. A rural player needs to drive to see an even remotely comparable amount of Pokémon that a city player can see just by walking out their door. There are also PLENTY of ways to drive and play safely; for instance, cars have three to five seats that don't have steering wheels. This is pretty much a dagger through the heart for players who aren't blessed to live in or near a high spawn area like a city. I'm pretty heartbroken about it; I thought I'd be playing this game for years to come, instead now I have no idea how I even CAN play this game, never mind IF I'll play the game.

11. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Is this really official that they nerfed drivers? Because going too fast has always prevented Pokemon from spawning. You need to stop a little while for them to pop up. I have not noticed any different behavior riding the metro. Plus egg/distance has never counted during higher speeds, so I'm questioning this "article" big time.

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