Navteq Announces Indoor Mapping Product
Navteq today announced the launch of Navteq Destination Maps, a new mapping product that provides the layout and data for indoor destinations, such as large shopping malls and convention centers. The application will be able to deliver data points such as the location of elevators, escalators, restrooms, fire escapes, entrance/exit doors, as well as stairs. In can also support interior spaces that have more than one level and can be used to find points of interest inside the building. According to a Navteq spokesperson who emailed Phone Scoop, Navteq Destinations can work on mobile phones. The spokesperson said, "Yes, it can go mobile. However, it requires a developer to create an app using the API (which is in beta). More news on the mobile API is expected at Where 2.0 in April." Naveq didn't say which mobile platforms might support such an app. Destination Maps already covers more than 200 of the largest shopping centers in the U.S., and plans to expand to other types of locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Driving Mode In Google Maps Predicts Your Destination
Google is adding a feature to Google Maps for Android today that guesses where drivers want to go and then helps them get there. Driving Mode factors in the user's home and work addresses, in addition to other destinations from previous searches.
Google to Crowd-Source Accessibility Data for Maps
Google today added a tool to Google Maps that makes it easier for people to add details concerning accessibility. The Google Maps app for Android allows people to add this data via the "Your Contributions" section by tapping "uncover missing info." Sorting options under that heading include accessibility, where people can add details such as whether or not locations have wheelchair-accessible entrances, wheelchair-accessible elevators, wheelchair-accessible seating, and wheelchair-accessible parking.
Audi, BMW, Daimler to Buy Nokia's HERE Maps
A consortium of three German automotive makers has agreed to purchase HERE Maps from Nokia for about $2.71 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans say Audi, BMW, and Daimler (Mercedes) have fielded a winning bid for the mapping division, which Nokia put up for sale earlier this year.
Google Lets Maps Users Book, Pay for Uber without Leaving Maps
Google today made it easier to hail rides from more car services within Google Maps. The new ride services mode now shows a map with a carousel of car providers that are nearby.