Google launches landmark driving direction on Google Maps

Google India announces the launch of landmarks in driving directions for users of Google Maps.

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2009, 18:14 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: India became the first country that got driving direction on Google Maps which enables users to navigate around locations via desktops and mobile phones.

It uses landmarks like petrol stations, banks, schools, railway stations, bus stops, local businesses & traffic circles and signals since Indians are more comfortable finding way on the streets using landmarks.

In India, Google has collected good landmark data through user-created "Points of Interest" in Google Map Maker. Google’s new algorithm determines which of these landmarks are most useful for navigation, based on importance, and closeness to the turns that the user is making and other available signals.

With this launch, Google will now combine landmark data, counted turns ("the 2nd right"), intersection names, and road names, and try to use whatever information is most relevant and useful.

Google is providing two kinds of landmarks - to identify where users need to turn, and to provide confirmation that they`re on the right track. Google also encourages users to help make directions even better for millions of users in India by enriching landmarks data via Google Map Maker.