After 2007 or so, GPS came into affordable use and, as a manager, I saw to it that each news car had one on the dash. But this presented a theft and obsolescence hazard as the units aged and was only a temporary solution. A few years later, we were issued new cell phones (Androids) and it didn't take too long to discover the phones had GPS built in! Now, we could find not only numbered addresses, but simply names was often enough to obtain the correct location of where we needed to be, i.e., "Find Chicago City Hall". The app came from Google was was imaginatively called "Google Maps"
|Simple, clear, easy|
Apple thought this was a great idea too and eventually banned the Google Maps App from iTunes and introduced their own version for the iPhone and it failed badly.
Really, really badly.
Users were sent to the wrong location, often to remote locations, far from the intended destination. See one man's story here. And the trouble was not just random. It happened to people all over the world. And no one was happy.
Apple was slow to respond, although they did allow Google Maps back into iTunes and since then, the Google app has been a runaway hit. At no cost, Google maps offers the following features:
- You can search by voice ("Find Candlestick Park")
- You can pick either graphical or voice directions or both
- When you arrive, a street view of your destination pops up, so you can confirm the correct location
- You can use Google Earth to see a satellite view of your spot
- Traffic jams are highlighted so you may avoid them
|When you arrive, you get a photo of what you're|
supposed to see outside your car window.