Maps

  • Google Maps is turning its over a billion users into editors

    Google Maps is turning its over a billion users into editors

    Google has begun to further tap into the power of the crowd in order to improve its Google Maps application, the company announced this morning. This is being done through the introduction of a number of features that will allow users to more easily share location details, as well as confirm edits suggested by others. Many users had already seen these changes rolling out, but today Google… Read More

  • Lockheed Martin’s Hydra Fusion builds 3D maps in real time from drone footage

    Lockheed Martin’s Hydra Fusion builds 3D maps in real time from drone footage

    A drone is a great eye in the sky, but if you want richer data than what its cameras show — for example, detailed 3D maps — you might be looking at a few hours of processing time. That is, unless your HQ is rocking Lockheed Martin’s cool-sounding Hydra Fusion tools, which can build that 3D map in real time from just video. Read More

  • Terrapattern is reverse image search for maps, powered by a neural network

    Terrapattern is reverse image search for maps, powered by a neural network

    Terrapattern is a visual search engine that, from the moment you first use it, you wonder: Why didn’t Google come up with this 10 years ago? Click on a feature on the map — a baseball diamond, a marina, a roundabout — and it immediately highlights everything its algorithm thinks looks like it. It’s remarkably fast, simple to use and potentially very powerful. Read More

  • Relay is a beautiful app for creating and sharing custom maps

    Relay is a beautiful app for creating and sharing custom maps

    Today’s mapping applications are focused on helping you navigate from one spot to the next, or discovering the businesses around you. But they tend to be utilitarian in nature, and not what anyone would describe as “fun” to use. A new mapping application called Relay changes that. This simple, expertly designed app lets you create custom maps for your upcoming trips, so you… Read More

  • EeGeo picks up $5M to build better 3D visuals for interiors and VR experiences

    EeGeo picks up $5M to build better 3D visuals for interiors and VR experiences

    Startups working on high-quality immersive visuals and the tech to achieve them are in demand these days, and today one that focuses specifically on interactive outdoor and indoor 3D mapping is announcing a round of funding to help fuel its growth. London-based eeGeo, which works with the likes of Cisco, Samsung and more on mapping applications for consumers and businesses, has raised… Read More

  • Waze now tells you when to leave, thanks to its new Planned Drives feature

    Waze now tells you when to leave, thanks to its new Planned Drives feature

    Turn-by-turn navigation application Waze announced this morning a handy new feature that will make it easier for those who are planning to drive to an upcoming appointment, meeting or other important trip: Waze Planned Drives. The option allows you to tell the app when you need to reach your destination, and it will then alert you as to when you should leave, while taking into… Read More

  • 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

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