Friday, January 8, 2010

Street Views Can Make Google (India) Maps Outstanding

Google India recently launched Google Maps with navigation based on landmarks, with landmark information fed by the local community in respective cities. Its quite amazing to see how crowd sourcing could be leveraged where structural data is hard to retrieve.

There is no doubt, that this kind of landmark based directions first introduced in India by Routeguru almost a couple of years back. But, we are quite excited to see Google doing this as we could visualize so many other possibilities that could redefine maps for navigating Indian roads.

Street Views

For instance, what a huge difference it will make if Google could add "Street Views" to those directions? Landmarks in text is something. But a picture of that landmark really makes it the most intuitive way of looking at the map.

Instant offers/coupons en-route

Since directions are based on landmarks, that include local businesses, instant offers and coupons from those businesses en-route would be quite beneficial to all.

So here is our request to Google India Maps team : Please  add “Street Views” to make Google India Maps with Land Marks totally outstanding and intuitive to local communities.

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