Suggested updates for Zwift RoboPacers

Hi Zwifters,

Hope this is the right forum to write in. But I do have some recommendations and suggestions for improvement of the current RoboPacers. Please like or leave a comment if you agree.

I often experiencing riding with RoboPacers as being fun and challenging. Although there are things that does not work as well as they should be. One of the things I think pretty annoying is, that for some RoboPacers the +/- distance from you to the RoboPacers are simply to short. The other day I was riding with a Robopacers. Uphill it went all fine and I can in front of the RoboPacers - why I paused pedaling for a minute. The RoboPacer suddenly overtook me and I was struggling following with it. I succeeded but had gained so much speed that I took over the RoboPacers and got way too far in front of it why I lost my bonus.

This happens often why I don’t think the “distance” to the RoboPacers work well. Here’s a suggestion:

You should see the distance to the RoboPacer all the time on the screen
You should be able to see the RoboPacer distance all the time at your screen.
If the distance is:

  • Between 0-25 meters the distance is shown in green
  • Between 25-50 meters the distance should be shown in yellow/orange
  • Above 50 distance should be shown in red. Very important: if distance is shown in red, the bonus multiplier IS PAUSED NOT CANCELLED and will resume till you come closer to the RoboPacer. You can have the opportunity to cancel it, if you want to ride on your own.

This could also be combined with also visible speed of RoboPacer allowing you to adjust your pace to either get the RoboPacer to get closer to you or you to get closer to RoboPacer.

Just a suggestion.

Could implement a fence

I have been using the pacers since they came out, usually B, occasionally C.

Over time with the new Pack Dynamics, it has become a lot harder to stay with the Pacers and not get the multiplier reset.

Making the assumption that we want a pleasant workout and not an annoying one it would seem reasonable to make the distances and the timeout longer.

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Using white text on yellow banners for D category is just perverse - it’s almost illegible. A simple switch to black text on yellow would solve it

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I have been using the Robopacers a lot last weeks, to pace in a “constant-ish” pace. I found them very funny.

What I would propose is:

  • when you are “linked” to the robopacer, the robopacer should apear always in the riders list. So you can always see him in the list, even when many riders are in the group.
  • I would love the option of activate/deactivate the rubber band, so, instead of deattached from the robopacer, I would be forced to remain at the group speed. Extra: to have an intermediate state where this option is deactivate for sprints.