Technology, as always, improves some thing, but not without a million complications. The dream of having GPS technology with complicated Indian roads is now a reality.
GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation which has become a way of life in the West, has started to find its way onto the Indian roads.I am a GPS enthusiast and kind of love the technology.GPS works in any weather conditions, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day.It was originally intended for US military applications, but in the 1980s, the government made the system available for civilian use.GPS is a navigation system that basically uses data from the satellites(at least six) orbiting Earth to calculate your current position.GPS receivers are now available in India wide range of variety and can cost a few thousand rupees to lakhs.
Mapping of Indian Roads:
This is the complex part, remember Google crowdsourcing map data :
Google says “there’s no real economic benefit in that, it just seems right that everyone should have a map. So we’re doing everything we can to get mapping data to every human and in some countries where there’s no data, we’re trying to give them tools to build the data.
There is data in India it’s just that the Royal Survey of India got its licensing plans from its ancestor in the Ordnance Survey.”
Tech tree reports : Another company CE Info Systems provides maps – “MapmyIndia” : CE Info Systems claims the maps have been created, and are continually updated, by a strong team of map data specialists plus 200 surveyors who’ve been walking and driving across the length and breadth of the country for many years now.
Here is its Video : ( I wish instead of why GPS ? the video should have showed with clarity of how turn by turn directions work with complicated turns and detours)
These maps are claimed to give complete coverage of streets, localities, sub-localities, and points of interest in 18 major cities of the country including: New Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune (including Pimpri and Chinchwad), Kolkata (including Bidhan Nagar), Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai.
GPS for India is good news for Companies and users. With largest mobile phone users base in the world, Cell Phone makers like Nokia (Already released GPS enabled N95 cell phone) and Motorola can bank on this emerging technology at its initial stages.