The world might feel like a mess right now, depending on your technological, financial, or political interests, but there's one thing I think we can all get universally excited about. Google Maps has finally come to CarPlay.
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If you’re old enough, you may remember carrying maps in your car and telling family the phone number of the place you’re going. But who does that these days, when you just have your phone on you at all times? Well, if you’re heading out for a hiking or camping trip, you may need to resurrect some old-school habits.
iOS: Navigating along roads is easy - just start up Google Maps or Waze - but finding your way on a trail in the woods tends to require a patchwork of PDFs, paper maps, and apps that only work for one park or system. Hikepack aims to change that.
Both Microsoft and iRobot - the company that went from bomb disposal robots to cleaning your home - are looking at ways to create maps of indoor spaces. While their efforts are taking different paths, it's clear that mapping homes and buildings has huge opportunities but is not without privacy challenges.
Android/iOS: It can be tricky to stay on the right path when you're trying a new running route. RunGo solves that problem with turn-by-turn directions. They offer city tours that pass by scenic and historic locations, and even a few fun shapes, like the Darth Vader face above. You can also create your own.
iOS: Waze has updated its iPhone app with a new feature that estimates what traffic will be like on any given day at any given time, which helps you plan your day accordingly.