Google Navigation Adds Traffic Avoidance
Google today announced another update to its Maps and Navigation products for the Android platform. Now, when users start a navigation session, Maps/Navigation will provide several different routes (old Maps defaulted to fastest), including the shortest and fastest. The routes offered will take into consideration real-time and historical traffic data for each route, and will automatically suggest different options if it determines that there is traffic ahead. The new version of Navigation is available in North America and Europe starting today.
Google Maps Transit Navigation Adds Wheelchair-Compatible Routes
Google today updated Google Maps public transit navigation with support for wheelchairs. The company asked its Local Guides to begin adding wheelchair/accessibility data to Maps last fall.
Google Maps Adds Mario Time for Navigation
Google today updated Google Maps for Android and iOS with a fun feature: Mario. Once users update to the latest version of Maps, they'll be able to turn on Mario Time for navigation.
Google Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands.
Google Maps Now Available Offline
Google today said Maps can now be used without an active internet connection. People can download maps for cities, counties, and even entire countries so routing and basic navigation tools will function when there's a poor connection or no connection at all.
Very nice but.....
Some states have tons of dead-zones.
For crying out loud, you spent a @!@XXO of $$$$ for an Android platform phone, shell out a couple of $$ and buy a good GPS device.
Satellites have no topographical barriers to deal with except where there is total blockage of signal like underground.