Apple Maps on iOS is a fantastic app to get you where you are going, and with the upcoming iOS 11, there is even more to love about it.
Maps in iOS 11 features lane guidance so you know exactly what lane to be in for your exit or turn. In addition, it features close integration with the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature, which silences incoming alerts and tells the sender that you are behind the wheel.
However, there are a variety of other mapping and navigation apps that offer niche features and different styles of user interfaces. Consider one of the following when planning your next trip, whether it’s the daily commute or that long-awaited vacation.
Waze has one of the most extensive user bases of any mapping app. This is a good thing, as this means there are plenty of people on the road to help report hazards, police, traffic, and more. With Waze you can plan your next drive before you hit the road and even get a look at anticipated traffic conditions. When you get started with your drive, Waze is constantly looking to shorten your ETA, and it will dynamically change your route to do so.
Share your drive with friends and family when you get started so that they can view your drive and ETA live. Multiple voices for turn-by-turn directions are available to download. A day and night view changes automatically based on the sun’s position in the sky to make map viewing easier on the eyes. Furthermore, audio playback (such as music or podcasts) will fade out or even pause based on your settings when the Waze voice is ready to deliver new directions.
When you park your car’s location will be delivered to your personal inbox within the app. This way you can find your car in that massive garage – no problem.
MapQuest‘s recently updated user interface features a clean, minimalistic design. View directions in map form or list form at a glance, and even book hotels within the app. Adding to this, you can check out local restaurant menus as well.
Car break down? Request roadside assistance directly within the app. Looking for gas? Compare pricing along your route. These features make MapQuest a great choice for added peace of mind.
However, with all of these positive notes, there are a few downfalls. To start, very little warning is given before a turn is to be made. This can be detrimental if, for example, a turn lane’s traffic is backed up. Similarly, direction for the next turn is not given while you are making a turn. This means if your next turn is within 1000 feet of the previous turn, you will likely end up missing it entirely.
MAPS.ME allows you to plan your trip and download your anticipated route before setting off. This means it will be reliant on your iPhones GPS but not LTE. This makes it the perfect mapping option if you are traveling out of your carrier’s supported range or are on a limited data plan.
However, because of the lack of an Internet connection, you will not be able to route around unforeseen traffic conditions. Furthermore, the app appears to be a tad bit buggy. Users have reported the app routing the driver off of the highway and through various streets – just to merge back onto that same highway.
Whether you use Apple Maps, Waze, MapQuest, MAPS.ME, or any other map app, it is certain to say that with advanced learning algorithms and inputted data, map apps are only getting more and more streamlined.
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