Apple Maps brings transit directions to Detroit and Windsor metropolitan areas

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Hot on the heels of launching transit directions in New Orleans ahead of Mardi Gras and real-time traffic conditions in Argentina, Apple Maps has now gained directions for various public transportation options in Detroit and Windsor. Customers in the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area and those living in the Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario can now navigate using public transportation such as buses and trains with Apple Maps for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS updated with shareable lists of your favorite places

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Following its most recent update which brought out the ability to track how busy places are in real-time, Google today announced a new Lists feature on Google Maps for iOS that lets you keep track of your favorite places and easily share them with friends.

Beginning today, users are permitted to create custom lists of places, share their lists with others and follow the lists their friends and family share with them, all without leaving the Google Maps app. Read More

 

Apple Maps brings real-time traffic conditions to customers in Argentina

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 7, 2017

Apple Maps now provides real-time traffic conditions to customers in Argentina, according to Apple’s refreshed iOS Feature Availability webpage.

Apple Maps will now denote highly congested areas with orange or red lines along the roads, helping drivers avoid any delays. With today’s update, real-time traffic conditions are now available in a total of four Latin American countries via Apple Maps: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. Read More

 

Transit directions for New Orleans launch on Apple Maps ahead of Mardi Gras

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2017

As first noted by MacRumors, Apple’s Maps service has rolled out transit directions in New Orleans ahead of Mardi Gras. With the update, customers who live in the New Orleans, Louisiana metropolitan area can now get directions using public transportation options such as RTA buses and streetcars, Jefferson Transit buses and Amtrak trains and busses. Apple Maps is available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch and Mac. Just a week ago, Apple Maps rolled out transit directions for the Houston, Texas metropolitan area ahead of Super Bowl. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS now lets you see in real time how busy your favorite place is

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2017

Popular Times is one of the most useful features of Google Maps on the web. Android users have had the privilege of enjoying this feature in the mobile app for quite a few months, and now iPhone and iPad users can see how busy their favorite place is, in real-time, in Google Maps 4.27 for iOS. Aside from this feature, the free download includes the ability to quickly access addresses in the clipboard while searching and bug fixes. Read More

 

Google rolling out overhauled ride services experience in Maps for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2017

Google today announced that expanded ride options and more actionable information are now available to users of the mobile Google Maps application on iOS and Android.

You can now book, complete and pay for an Uber ride without ever leaving Google Maps, as well as browse useful information related to your destination during the ride with menus, hours and other helpful details only a swipe away. Read More

 

Apple has been quietly poaching engineers from automotive mapping company Here

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016

Over the past few months, Apple has been quietly hiring engineers away from Here, a Berlin-based automotive mapping company, for mapping jobs in Berlin. Interestingly, Apple’s never publicly confirmed that it has an office in Berlin.

According to LinkedIn profiles discovered by Business Insider, Apple’s poached at least half a dozen employees from Here, jointly owned by German car makers Audi, BMW and Daimler. Read More

 

ChargePoint electric vehicle stations added to Apple Maps with Apple Pay support

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

ChargePoint operates the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network. As of today, ChargePoint’s electric vehicle stations in the U.S. can be found through Apple Maps, as reported by 9to5Mac. And because ChargePoint accepts Apple Pay, users can even initiate charging via Apple Maps and complete their payment with a touch of a finger.

ChargePoint locations appear on the map as badges that can be tapped to reveal information like business hours, pricing, whether or not they accept Apple Pay at that particular location and more. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve Maps

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Apple is assembling a team of robotics and mapping experts that will use data-collecting drones to capture and update Maps information faster than its existing fleet of minivans that use cameras and other sensors to collect Maps data.

The company has reportedly hired at least one person from Amazon’s Prime Air division to help run the drone team, which is being assembled in Seattle. In addition, Apple is working on a brand new indoor view in Maps.

Indoor features would use pressure sensors, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in latest iPhones to let users easily navigate indoor areas such as airports, museums and other high-traffic buildings, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Alan Levin reported Thursday. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS updated with searching along route and Nearby Traffic widget

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Google today pushed an update to its native Maps app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, adding a pair of new features whilst bumping version number to 4.25.0. Like with Apple Maps, Google’s app now supports searching for points of interest along your route while in navigation mode. In addition, you can also see traffic information on your Home/Lock screen and in the Notification Center with a handy new Nearby Traffic widget. Read More

 
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