Google Maps Navigation

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Google Maps Navigation is a mobile application developed by Google for the Android and iOS operating systems that was later integrated into the Google Maps mobile app. The application uses an Internet connection to a GPS navigation system to provide turn-by-turn voice-guided instructions on how to arrive at a given destination.[1] This application is only available for Android devices.

The application requires connection to Internet data (e.g. 3G, 4G, WiFi, etc.) and normally uses a GPS satellite connection to determine its location. A user can enter a destination into the application, which will plot a path to it. The app displays the user's progress along the route and issues instructions for each turn.

History[edit]

The application’s beta release was released on October 28, 2009, accompanying the release of Google Android OS 2.0 (Éclair) on the Motorola Milestone (known as the Motorola Droid[2]).[3] Google Maps Navigation Beta was initially released in the United States.[4] The application (version 4.2) was later released in the UK on April 20, 2010 and Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland on June 9, 2010.[5]

Features[edit]

Search[edit]

Instead of searching for an address or a street name, the application can also search by name, for example guide the user to a nearby restaurant by being given the name of the restaurant. The application can also take phrases such as “a place with burgers” and suggest nearby destinations that match the phrase.[6] The application can receive a voice input instead of typing the destination on the device.

Multiple Views[edit]

  • Traffic: The application's traffic congestion map shows the route marks with different colours based on the current traffic along the route. The traffic is measured by data from local road services such as highway cameras, as well as speed and location information from other Android devices that are accessing Google Maps for Mobile.[7]
  • Satellite: The application displays a route from a bird’s eye view using Google’s satellite imagery.
  • Street: The Google Street View feature displays a route from first-person view as which automatically changes as the user travels along the route.[8]

Car Dock Mode[edit]

Users can dock their Android device in a car using a special car dock for the device (which may or may not come with the device). Once docked, the device will enter this mode, enabling for easier access to the navigation features at an arm’s length.[6]

Walking & Transit[edit]

The application provides voice navigation for walking and transit directions. The transit directions are available in 400 cities around the world.[8]

Offline Guidance[edit]

Once the user has searched for a destination, the map will cache along the intended route. Note that the application requires an Internet connection to search for the route, but once a route has been found, the user no longer requires an Internet connection as the route is temporarily saved onto the device.[6]

Google Maps Navigation vs. a GPS navigation device[edit]

Google Maps Navigation A GPS navigation device
Searching for a location Shows points of interest, speech-to-text Shows points of interest; some have text-to-speech
Connectivity Data connection & GPS Signal, may include Extended Prediction Orbit, which speeds the fix,[9] and/or Wi-Fi positioning system where GPS is unavailable Requires GPS Signal
Information Displayed Distance, Estimated time of arrival, traffic view, satellite view, street view, nearby amenities, route(s) to destination, turn-by-turn directions Latitude and longitude, map view, traffic congestion view, nearby amenities, route(s) to destination, turn-by-turn directions

Availability[edit]

The application is available in the following regions, as of 27 November 2014:[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fun on the Autobahn: Google Maps Navigation in 11 more Countries". GoogleMobile.BlogSpot.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Motorola MILESTONE – Full phone specifications". GSMArena.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Arrington, Michael. "Google Redefines GPS Navigation Landscape: Google Maps Navigation For Android 2.0". TechCrunch.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Google Maps for mobile announce Navigation Beta for Android 2.0 – GSMArena.com news". GSMArena.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Schroeder, Stan. "Google Maps Navigation Navigation Now Works in Canada and Most of Europe". Mashable.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Lam, Brian. "Google Maps Navigation: A Free, Ass-Kicking, Turn-by-Turn Mobile App". Gizmodo.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Nosowitz, Dan. "Google Maps Crowdsources Traffic by Measuring Your Miserable Commute". Gizmodo.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Google Maps Navigation for Mobile". Google. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "AGPS". BT747. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Navigation (Beta) availability". Google. Retrieved 27 November 2014.