GoogleMaps Navigation Beta!


Couple months ago on my trip to Santa Barbara on one of my business trips, I had a pleasure of riding along with my friend’s Prius.  Well, just as we got near Santa Barbara, my GoogleMaps said the coastal highway was faster whereas my friend’s on-board Prius told my friend that we should take the mountain road.  Common sense told me that the mountain road probably was not the fastest way as I saw bunch of zig-zags.  Well, my stubborn friend keep arguing that his Prius on-board GPS was super-accurate since he’s Prius was a 2009 model.

In the end, it took us more than 30 zig-zags around the mountain road when we could have enjoyed the ocean view and get to our destination quicker.

The moral of the story?

Well, GoogleMaps has obviously advanced to a point now where maps are updated in real-time than any on-car or handheld GPS can.

Google (GOOG), officially announces its “official” strike into the actual navigation business with its new GoogleMaps Navigation for Anroid platform smartphones.

This new feature comes with everything you’d expect to find in a GPS navigation system, like 3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting. But unlike most navigation systems, Google Maps Navigation was built from the ground up to take advantage of your phone’s Internet connection.

Why is this big news?

Google is probably going to take a large chunk out of the GPS navigation market, perhaps drive some navigation companies into the ground.

What do I think?

I think this is actually good for the GPS navigation business since more competition means lower prices and better GPS systems.  Even now, I see all these outdated GPS systems on new cars, they simply can’t compete against even my Palm Pre’s (or Blackberry’s) GoogleMaps.

I am sure Google has a big plan for rolling out the navigation software along with GoogleMaps for most smartphones in the near future.  When that happens, watch out.  You will no longer need anything other than your phone to navigate the world. :)

Watch this video on how the new GoogleMaps Navigation will change the world:

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Google Maps Navigation is an internet-connected GPS navigation system with voice guidance. It is part of Google Maps for mobile and is available for phones with Android 2.0.

Google Maps Navigation uses your phone’s internet connection to give you the latest maps and business data. But that’s not all that’s different about Google’s approach to GPS navigation.

GoogleMaps Mobile Navigation Beta Official Site

UPDATE: TechCrunch has noted that GPS manufacturer’s Garmin and TomTom both experienced a big plunge in their stocks after Google’s announcement.

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