Google has released a major update to Google Maps across all supported devices. The update includes a design refresh that is clearer and easier to see, a new "areas of interest" feature to highlight local attractions and a more balanced colour scheme.
After its notoriously bug-filled launch, Apple Maps has developed significantly over the past few years to become a competent rival to services like Google Maps. Apple now claims Apple Maps sees three times as many iPhone visitors as Google.
Google has announced it is rolling out an update to its Google Maps app today that adds full support for navigating while offline. Users can browse maps and get directions even when they have no Internet connection.
New York City -
New York City has reportedly asked Google to eliminate left turns from its navigation directions on Google Maps where possible. It is thought that this could save many lives over the course of the year as left turns are notoriously dangerous in NYC.
Google has entered a new partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration that will see its Maps software alerting drivers when they approach a rail crossing. The aim is to ensure that people are aware that they may have to stop ahead.
Apple has confirmed the purchase of a company specialising in GPS and navigation, strongly suggesting the company is working on improving its Apple Maps app before the launch of iOS9 later this year. Apple Maps has drawn heavy criticism in the past.
Two new papers show how bats navigate their environments. It seems that the flying mammals have specialized brain cells that track their movements as they navigate through space and utilize a series of audible clicks.
A Swedish research team has won a coveted "Ig Nobel" prize - awarded by Harvard University for quirky discoveries "that make people laugh and then think" - for finding dung beetles can navigate their way home in the dark using the Milky Way as a guide.
Inspired by the biological compass used by some migratory birds to find their bearings in the geomagnetic field, technologists believe that this offers a clue to developing a more efficient smartphone.
Google is finally giving Apple a run for their money. Although Siri may have dominated voice navigation in the mobile market, Google is tapping into the TV industry allowing viewers to quickly find shows without the hand cramps and numb thumbs.
A group of three students from Tokyo found themselves taking an unexpected water trip on their vacation in Australia.
The trio was driving to North Stradbroke Island and their GPS took them straight into Moreton Bay.
My friend's navigation system in her car is so cool.... a life saver almost every time we go somewhere. But what she doesn't know is that her car is recording her every move, and this evidence could be used against her in court.
This guy is amazing. He is completely blind and uses the echo of clicking sounds he makes to navigate around. He can identify everyday objects he has never seen simply by their echo location. Heck, he even plays video games.You have to see this to believe