Nokia has released the latest version of its award-winning mobile mapping and navigation service, Nokia Maps, as well as its personalised online mapping experience on Ovi by Nokia. This combination of Nokia Maps plus Ovi is a free service that allows people to pre-plan their journey at home on their PC and synchronise with their mobile, giving access to pre-planned routes and favourite destinations while on the move.
In addition, Nokia Maps has been updated to include a number of new features such as high resolution aerial images, 3D landmarks for 216 cities and terrain maps, as well as a new route overview during routing and during Drive, the purchasable turn by turn car navigation guidance.
Michael Halbherr, vice president for Nokia location based experiences, stated: “Nokia has clearly increased the usability of Maps, and now with the integration of Ovi services, the functionality of this service can also be seen. Enabling Nokia Maps the ability to synchronize my favourite places between my mobile and PC becomes the main reason for anyone to switch from other personal navigation devices to Nokia Maps.”
Maps on Ovi is becoming more than just a mapping tool. Over the coming months, Maps will become a destination for people to save and organise places, pre-plan trips and post-edit them. People can share their location and all their personally and socially meaningful content with friends, inviting them to join in activities and share experiences.
Other new options for Nokia Maps include instant access to real time information such as camera alerts, safety spots and traffic information for selected countries, as well as Wcities event guides that give real-time information for events and movies in over 450 destinations.