Navigation is like interactions that allow users to go across, into, and back out from the different places in the world. Long ago, during the 4th century B.C.E., when people didn’t have access to the technology that we know today. They had to rely on other traditional methods to get from one place to another.
Navigating nowadays is a lot easier than back then. After World War II, the development of electronic navigation technology aids progressed quickly. Today, people have access to electronic navigation applications and computers that have certainly made things easier and more accessible. The Satellite navigation system or global positioning system (GPS) has completely changed the lifestyle of an ordinary human being. Moving through traffic one needs to have such an application. With access to these advanced technological developments, things have changed now. Let’s have a look at some of the most amazing Navigating apps around the world.
1.# Google Maps
Google Maps tops the list with the highest popularity across the globe. It is the most trusted and updated GPS based application in the market. It features spatial and 3D data of the entire world, which includes each and every road, lanes and en routes. The application also shows traffic data and the shortest possible routes to your destination. The application is based on a constellation of satellites launched by NASA. This system is named as GPS.
It also allows its users to save maps without using internet data. With its connectivity, the app also gives a personal recommendations of locations such as places to eat, feast, drink and stay based on your previous usage. Google Maps is for sure an unbeatable app in the market.
2.# BackCountry Navigator
BackCountry Navigator is one of the best navigation apps for hikers. The application is quite expensive but with this app, you get access to a number of offline topographical maps. It is excellent for those places where internet services do not exist. There are a few amazing features that a hiker would definitely enjoy. You can add your favorite spots and markers on the map, one can view different types of trails and many more. There are a few map choices also. It is powerful, but be sure to try it before you buy it. The application runs on Android only.
3.# HereWeGo Maps
It is free of cost and can be run only on Android software. The application is the only competitor of Google Maps in the market. It provides its users with a very elegant and simple User Interface (UI). As compared to Google Apps, they both have almost all the similar features, like Offline Maps, Traffic recognition and et al. There are a few things in which the app lacks. It is not supported on iOS-based systems and also it does not recognize previous data of an individual.
Waze stands at number 4 in the list of the best navigation solution. As it a community-driven Navigation system that is updated constantly by millions of active Waze users, it is a set of drivers that help you drive away from traffic as you move from one place to another.
It shows accurate data in real-time, fuel prices, traffic and more, all added by its users. Also, it lets you add your friends and see them on the map so that you know when are they going to reach their location.
5.# Apple Maps
Apple Maps is a navigation service developed by Apple Inc. It is the default map system for iOS, macOS, and watchOS. Similar to other navigation applications on Android and elsewhere, it provides directions and estimated times of arrival for automobile, pedestrian, and public transportation.
Not just that, it also allows users to book appointments for services like Lyft, Uber, OpenTable, which makes Apple Maps a top-notch for some users.
6.# Polaris GPS Navigation
Polaris GPS Navigation is the only all-in-one navigation application. It’s most amazing feature is that it allows the user to access Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, MapQuest maps, and Cycle Route Maps. So whatever source you want to use, you can use it in one go. It also features several coordinate formats, trail recording, a very different waypoint management system, and the basic features like turn-by-turn directions. There are also several other features for activities like hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities.
MapQuest is American free navigation or web mapping service owned by Verizon Media. It was released in 1996 as the first commercial web mapping service.
It provides the standard turn-by-turn directions. Features such as live traffic updates (where available), re-routing directions based on traffic, and service to find cheaper gas are also available. We can even use it to call a tow truck if you break down. Though it is not as good as Google Maps and GasBuddy in finding cheap gas on your way. However, commendable here is that the application at least provides both the services in one.
The application has managed to make up to the list by providing services on Android, iOS as well as Blackberry also. The application is not very good in terms of accuracy but has managed to stay in the market by providing services like Hotel booking on your way, Ordering food at the restaurants nearby and also taking appointments in the hospitals and offices on your way.
MapFactor is one of the less popular navigation application options. It assembles user with the basic navigation and GPS features. It uses the OpenStreetMap system. That means you can get free offline maps that can be updated monthly if you want. There are additional map options as well, but they might cost money. Additional features include voice directions, cross-border routing, 2D and 3D mapping, different themes, and et al.
Komoot is an app similar to BackCountry Navigator. It does not work as a typical navigation system for drivers. It is dedicated to people who are planning for outdoor adventures such as cycling, road trips, hiking, backpacking, or mountain biking. It is a reliable app for exploring outdoors. It allows the user to create your own outdoor experience by offering a planning tool, turn-by-turn navigation, and offline maps.
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