To outplay the latest aerial, indoor and 3D mapping innovations by here Maps and other competitors like TomTom and Bing- the undisputed leader of mapping solutions, Google Maps, has launched new tools to improve the navigation feature and the user’s experience.
Google Maps has added voice navigation in six regional Indian languages. In addition to English and Hindi, Google has brought voice navigation in six additional Indian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. Voice navigation in Hindi has added three years ago.
It has also introduced Zipper like Plus Codes, which are six character Plus city codes for locations. The codes can be generated, shared and searched by anyone by entering into the search field on Google or Google Maps.
Suren Ruhela, Director, Google Maps Next Billion Users in a Google note stated, ” To use a Plus Code, simply enter it into the Search field on Google or Google Maps on your mobile phones or desktops. For a long time now Google Maps-enabled Tuber and Ola users have also been struggling with the issues of missing addresses.
“Similar to adding business, users can submit new or missing addresses through this feature and we’ll make sure the address is searchable in due course after verification. And yes, you do get Local Guides point for each valid submission!”
The collaboration aims to combine never labs Scalable & Semantic Indoor Mapping technology, autonomous robots and AI-based image recognition capabilities with the HERE Open Location Platform to create, maintain and publish 3Dmaps of indoor environments such as airports and train stations.
Such maps are useful in various ways, from helping people find their way at complex transit interchanges to supporting the last mile guidance enabling a more efficient logistics. Over the last few years, here Technology has customized its mapping solutions for fleet management, shipping, and other B2B-oriented projects.
Besides adding local features such voice navigation in regional languages, Plus Codes, Google Maps, meanwhile, has also introduced “wheelchair accessible” routes in transit navigation. However, the navigation facility will be initially available only in few cities like London, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney.