Users in India can now access Google Maps Navigation (Beta) that comes with voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation and even live traffic updates. It’s a free download for anyone with a smart phone that runs Android 2.2 or higher.
Using its massive database (partly created by users), it helps you chart a route using roads and landmarks.
You can even speak your destination into your phone and have your route set for you. A country-specific option lets you set the voice to an Indian accent for easier comprehension.
“Whether you’re heading to the Bengaluru airport for a business trip or visiting Agra’s world-famous Taj Mahal for a weekend of sightseeing with friends, Google Maps Navigation has you covered,” say Darren Baker, product manager and Suren Ruhela, senior program manager, Google Maps, in a statement posted on the Google India blog.
For those who have Google Maps installed on their phones, Navigator comes in-built (it’s the blue upward-pointing arrow). In addition, Google also gives you live traffic updates in six cities — Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad — and their surrounding suburbs. The bumper-to-bumper situation is shown in a simple colour-coded scheme — “Red for significant congestion, yellow for minor slow-downs, and green for free-flowing traffic,” adds the statement. According to the live data available, the app will set an appropriate route for you.