Google Maps Navigation – an Internet-connected GPS navigation system that provides turn-by-turn voice driving directions as a free feature of Google Maps – is now available in South Africa for phones running Android 1.6 or above.
Navigation uses a phone’s Internet connection to provide users with the latest maps, which can be viewed at street-level or from above, as well as up-to-date business information. As a result, there is also no need to buy map upgrades or manually update devices as they will always utilise the most recent data from Google Maps.
“Google Maps Navigation was built from the ground up as an Internet-based GPS system, making certain features possible, such as being able to use Google Street View on your mobile,” says Brett St Clair, head of mobile for Google South Africa.
“Users can visualise directions turn-by-turn, overlaid on Street View imagery, and Navigation automatically switches to Street View as a destination is approached. South Africans can also now speak their destinations into their phones using Voice Search.”
In addition, travellers can see their routes overlaid on 3D satellite views with Google’s high-resolution aerial imagery.
Google Maps Navigation is currently in beta release.