Yes, I’m biased towards Google but there’s always a justification for it. And its the same case this time with Google Navigation. So when third party apps like Sygic (used by MapMyIndia) & Waze (free 3D navigation) have been around for Indian users, how has the introduction of Google Navigation for India changed things around?
If you haven’t been reading the news lately, you would be glad to know that Google has recently introduced Voice Navigation in India. Don’t confuse it with the plain Google Maps! I’m not talking about ‘Directions’ feature in Google Maps, I’m talking about the real Voice Navigation for all major cities in India (for reasons best known to Google, Kolkata has been left out of the initial launch). And yes, like all Google features, this is for FREE! All you need is an Android phone or tablet with a GPS receiver.
The second most important aspect of this service is the live traffic updates that it provides. I’ve been monitoring this key aspect of the service since it’s launch and honestly it’s shockingly accurate! Traffic updates flow into the service via various modes including government departments of transportation, private data providers and users of Google Maps for mobile who contribute anonymous speed information. You may also want to read more here – Croudsourcing
It not only provides up-to-date information on traffic, but it also helps you choose the best possible route basis the traffic data. And mind you, the traffic data is as close to real-time as possible. At peak times, you can see changes in the ETA to your destination every minute basis the information it gathers. And the best feature I like about the service is that it points out zones on the chosen route where the traffic is less, moderate or heavy by colour coding them.
I’ve used 3 navigation services – MapMyIndia (using Sygic), Waze & Google Navigation and without any doubt I can safely say that Google Navigation was the simplest, most accurate & the one with the best features (traffic updates, location history etc). The introduction of Google Navigation changes a lot of things for Indians and the sooner we all realize that, the faster our lives will be made simpler!