Thursday, December 17, 2009

Google India Launches Landmarks in Driving Directions on Google Maps

Google MapsGoogle India has launched landmarks in driving directions for their users of Google Maps. Earlier in April 2009 Google has launched driving directions for India. Now they have added landmarks in driving directions. Now you will be able to navigate around locations using Google Maps on your desktops and mobile phones using known landmarks like historical places, railway stations, bus terminus, colleges, schools, banks, traffic signals and petrol pumps.

Landmark datas contributed by the users in Google Map Maker were collected. Google's new algorithm determines from available signals, which of these landmarks are most useful for navigation, based on importance and closeness to the turns that you're making. Google combines these landmark data, counted turns ("the 2nd right"), intersection names, and road names, and try to use whatever information is most relevant and useful for the direction you're heading in.

On the desktop, Google uses landmarks in two ways - to identify where users need to turn, and to provide confirmation that they're on the right track.

Landmarks in Google Maps Driving Directions

How to use Google Maps in Mobile:

Google have also included navigational landmarks on mobile phone with 'Google Maps for Mobile'. To have a try, visit Google Maps for mobile, enter your number and request for a link or just type into your phone's browser.

Posted by : Sree Unnikrishnan, Sr. User Experience Designer and Manik Gupta, Product Manager, on behalf of a cross-functional and global Geo team
Posted at : Official Google India Blog

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