Navteq Makes Nav Instructions More Natural
Navteq today announced Natural Guidance, a new version of its turn-by-turn navigation software that aims to make spoken navigation directions sound more natural and intuitive. The new software adds more descriptive cues in an attempt to mimic the way people actually give directions in real life. So, a Navteq app might say "turn left before the building with the green awning." The software will look for shapes and color cues to help create the Natural Guidance experience. Navteq is wholly owned by Nokia, but its maps are used in a range of devices including Nokia phones with Ovi Maps.
Latest Windows 10 Preview Targets Browser and Maps
Microsoft has made a new build of Windows 10 available to mobile phones and PCs alike. Build 14291 makes significant changes to several important features.
Google to Rely On Software to Tweak Pixel 2 XL Screen, Pixel 2 Noise Issues
Google says it will update both the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 smartphones in the coming weeks to resolve various issues spotted by early adopters. Starting with the Pixel 2 XL, Google says it will give users more options to tweak the screen's color through a tool added to the display settings.
Facebook to Share Real-Time Map Data with First Responders
Facebook this week said it plans to provide humanitarian and other aid organizations with real-time access to its maps during natural disasters and other emergencies. According to Facebook, it will strip user identities from its map data while still showing where people are moving, where people might be marking themselves as safe, and other, similar trending information.
Google Maps to Assess How Long It Will Take to Find Parking
Google today added a tool to Google Maps that helps people gauge how difficult parking will be when they arrive at their destination. Google will rate parking difficulty across 25 metro regions in the U.S., including major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, Denver, Orlando, Seattle, and Atlanta.