Driving counted as movement

Drich290195

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So I do a fair bit of driving and when looking back through the sources for walking and running at certain points the watch counts movement where obviously I’m driving.

Is there anything I can do to stop this happening. I have the new series 3 with cellular.

Any help appreciated it is ruining my distance tracking.
 

Newtons Apple

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I am afraid not unless you want to shut your phone and AW down while driving.

I get lots of steps counter while mowing the lawn with the riding mower.

Do not get over sensitive to accuracy as these number are just to be used as a guide.
 
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maflynn

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Yep, that happens to me as well, it closed the circle on more then one occasion even though I hadn't done anything but drive for 3 hours :eek:
 

BarracksSi

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Conversely, you can even add to your Stand ring on a six-hour drive by pointing your wrist downwards.

Imagine you're the watch. You have no eyes, and you can't hear. All you know is whether you're sideways, upside-down, or right side up. The wrist you're riding on is moving up and down. Sometimes it dangles sideways. What's it doing, then? Well, it's moving.

If driving stresses a person out, they'll also have an elevated heart rate. The watch will think, Ah, my owner might be exercising.

I'm sure there are ways to tell the watch more about what's really going on, like when the phone goes into Do Not Disturb While Driving mode (but that's negated by CarPlay), or checking its velocity (using the GPS on either the watch or the phone), and maybe we'll get there eventually.
 
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harlenmm77

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I spent 5 hours out on my jetski and collected close to 15,000 steps from it. Granted it’s a lot more strenuous of an activity compared to driving.
 

Usma36

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I have this same issue. I don’t understand why it can’t be an option to have the watch disable step counting at anything more than 10 mph or so. I commute a few days a week, and on those days I’m thousands of steps off
 

MJ22

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This happens with my Fitbits too. No piece of technology is perfect. On things like a mower, a jetski, or in my case, an ATV, there is too much vibration for the device to determine it’s not a person moving.
 
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Usma36

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GPS is an easy fix for that. Or even a pause button for fitness tracking.