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December 18, 2009 / Upnishad

Google Maps India learns to navigate like a local

India is different – a nightmare for a map maker. Google Maps now talks in the language of India. Read complete article.

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  1. Avinash / Dec 23 2009 6:08 pm

    RouteGuru pioneered this innovation!
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    Good post, @geek-o-pedia.

    But we would like to let the world know that we (RouteGuru) pioneered this innovation (landmark-based driving directions) back in 2007 http://www.pluggd.in/product-reviews/routeguru-techtribe-product-reviewhtml-435/ .

    Please check out http://RouteGuru.com for a technology demonstration (live for Delhi area since May 26, 2007).

    We use Google Maps API to (and only to) display our route on a graphical map.

    We also claim that our landmark-based directions technology is better than Google’s. Please compare for yourself for any pair of locations in Delhi-NCR.

    It’s sad that Google, a company with corporate motto “Don’t be evil”, is promoting their good launch as a pioneering ‘innovation’, without a mention that we have been evangelizing this innovation in the same market since 2007.

    But thanks to this launch by Google, global markets are opening up to this age-old concept now. Indeed, we have started receiving (a) recognition ( http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2009/12/landmarks-in-india-directions.html, http://www.pluggd.in/landmark-based-driving-direction-in-google-maps-297/ ) as pioneers of this innovation, and (b) new interest in our technology and business from markets that were foreign to us till now.

    Thanks again for the post and enabling this discussion.

    Cheers,
    Avinash
    Co-founder, CEO, RouteGuru
    (Avinash at RouteGuru dot com)

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