Maps

  • Lyft, Cabify, 99Taxis & Others To Integrate Waze’s Routing Software In Their Own Apps

    Lyft, Cabify, 99Taxis & Others To Integrate Waze’s Routing Software In Their Own Apps

    Waze, the popular Google-owned navigation app that helps drivers route around traffic and alerts them to other road hazards in real-time, is today announcing partnerships with half a dozen companies in the on-demand and  transportation space worldwide, including Lyft, who will integrate Waze software into their own applications to provide routing and guidance. This, in turn will feed more… Read More

  • Uber Adds TomTom Navigation Data To Its Driver App, Not Replacing Google Maps

    Uber Adds TomTom Navigation Data To Its Driver App, Not Replacing Google Maps

    On-demand transportation service Uber lost out on its joint bid for Nokia’s Here mapping unit, so it’s moving ahead with putting together its own navigation, mapping and location services. Today, Dutch mapping company TomTom announced a deal to provide data to Uber for use in its navigation for Uber drivers (and specifically not Uber passengers). Specifically, Uber will… Read More

  • Navigation App Waze Gets A Huge Redesign – Now Less Cluttered, But Still Needs Improvement

    Navigation App Waze Gets A Huge Redesign – Now Less Cluttered, But Still Needs Improvement

    The Google-owned navigation app Waze has a number of standout features – its ability to alert you to traffic conditions and speed traps, and re-route you around traffic jams, for example – but its user interface was not one of its better qualities. Today, the company is attempting to change that with the rollout of an entirely made-over version of its iOS application that introduces… Read More

  • Inrix Buys ParkMe To Add Smart Parking Services To Its Real Time Traffic Data

    Inrix Buys ParkMe To Add Smart Parking Services To Its Real Time Traffic Data

    Inrix, a startup out of Washington that provides real-time traffic and other data to car companies like BMW and Tesla, tech companies like Samsung and Google, and 400 other enterprises, has made an acquisition to expand the features that it offers to its users. It has bought ParkMe, a startup out of Santa Monica that offers “smart parking” services to users, including finding… Read More

  • The Internet Was Created For Cat Street View

    The Internet Was Created For Cat Street View

    Drones are making it easier to share a bird’s eye view of the world around us, but we might be looking at things from the wrong perspective. Created as a tourism promotion by Hiroshima prefecture in Japan, the Cat Street View map reminds us that there are different points of views to explore, specifically those of our benevolent feline overlords. Read More

  • Google Maps’ “Night Mode” Feature Makes It Easier To Navigate In The Dark

    Google Maps’ “Night Mode” Feature Makes It Easier To Navigate In The Dark

    A new update to the Google Maps iOS application promises to make it easier to navigate when it’s dark outside, potentially reducing the risk associated with using the app while behind the wheel. (Not that you should be actively using the app while driving, but…admit it, you’re probably guilty of this.) In the latest release, the app has introduced a feature called… Read More

  • Mapbox Raises $52.6M Led By DFJ To Be The “Map Layer” For All Apps

    Mapbox Raises $52.6M Led By DFJ To Be The “Map Layer” For All Apps

    With questions swirling over who may end up buying Nokia’s mapping division Here, a startup trying to disrupt it and other big boys like Google has raised some major funding. Mapbox, a developer of customizable maps used by third-party apps like Foursquare, Pinterest, Mapquest and 16,000 others, has raised $52.55 million in a Series B round of funding. The company claims that it’s… Read More

  • Mapbox Takes On Apple With An SDK To Put Maps Into iOS Apps

    Mapbox Takes On Apple With An SDK To Put Maps Into iOS Apps

    The impending sale of Nokia’s Here mapping division has put a sharp focus on the role that location and maps in particular are playing in the mobile world. And while we are seeing a number of big names emerge as potential Here suitors — they include the likes of Baidu, Uber, Facebook and more — an upstart in San Francisco is hoping to provide its own viable — and… Read More

  • Google Shuts Down Map Maker Following Hacks

    Google Shuts Down Map Maker Following Hacks

    After a series of spam attacks and other obscene edits, Google has temporarily taken its crowdsourced map editing tool Map Maker offline. The online tool has, for years, allowed those in countries without detailed maps to be able to add various details and points of interest to Google Maps, like new roads or parks, for example. Read More

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