Open mapping is the future, according to Overture Maps
The Overture Maps Foundation was established late last year with the stated aim of making actionable map data open-source. Major players like Linux, Amazon, Meta, Microsoft and TomTom contribute to the project. Today, the group unveiled two documents explaining how this data will be structured. Thi... Read more
TomTom cuts hundreds of jobs due to new map technology
TomTom is automating the map-making process for its navigation solutions. As a result, 10 percent of jobs are cut worldwide.
TomTom recently invested in automating the production of its maps. This led to a new platform that makes manual map-making redundant, which results in sharp job cuts.
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Google Maps adds traffic-light and stop signs to navigation mode
Google Maps may feel like it has added everything it can add. However, there are still new features and pieces of information they can add. For instance, traffic-light and stop-sign icons have been added to the navigation mode.
Since 2020, traffic lights have shown up on Google Maps in seve... Read more
The new Google Maps update is more accurate and colourful
Google has updated its Google Maps, and the app is now more reliable than ever. The maps are more accurate, and a user can distinguish the features of specific locations. You will no longer have to deal with inaccurate features.
The update has cleared some quirks that were present before. There ... Read more
Microsoft announces Azure Maps Creator for creating indoor maps
Microsoft announces the preview of the new Azure Maps Creator tool. With Creator, companies can create their own custom maps of indoor locations such as factories or office buildings.
Azure Maps Creator is part of Microsoft's Azure Maps suite of location services. Azure Maps provides access to T... Read more
Huawei chooses TomTom after Maps ban
Because of the ban imposed by America on Chinese Huawei, the smartphone manufacturer does not have to count on the use of apps produced under the flag of Google. Since this also includes the navigation app Google Maps, Huawei had to look for an alternative. An alternative that was found in the Dutc... Read more
Google Maps can predict how busy the bus or train is
Google Maps will predict how busy public transport is when a user wants to travel with it. Google uses a new prediction technique that it has been perfecting for six months, writes TechCrunch.
Google began in October asking Maps users to rate their journey as they traveled in rush hour, between 6am ... Read more
Google Earth accidentally reveals top secret military locations
Google Earth has recently been updated. It appears to have accidentally uncovered a number of secret military sites in Taiwan. The problem lies in the new three-dimensional renderings of Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Taichung.
That's what the South China Morning Post reports in a news report on th... Read more
Google starts rolling out new AR feature in Maps
Google has started rolling out a new augmented reality (AR) feature in Maps. This feature allows users to point their device in a certain direction, after which the app shows the direction they need to walk, reports Silicon Angle. Arrows are then displayed on the image on the screen.
The function ma... Read more