In a quest to compete with Google Maps, Apple has announced the addition of a new feature, called turn-by-turn navigation, on the Apple Maps. As the name suggests, the feature provides detailed turn-by-turn navigation between the source and destination address of the user. In addition to that, it also provides different routes to the destination address and some additional information like the ETA and total distance between the source and the destination.
To begin with, users need to provide the source and the destination for their commute, following which the app would suggest the fastest possible route. Users can choose from different modes of commute like, Drive, Walk, Transport, and Ride, which provide different routes, in addition to the ETA to the destination address.
Once the navigation is started, Apple Maps pulls-up a Route Card that shows the ETA and total distance to between the source and the destination. To get turn-by-turn navigation, all that the users need to do is hit the Details option from the Route Card. And that’s it. The app will now show a turn-by-turn path to the user’s destination address. Usually, the voice guidance feature is turned on by default, however, users can choose to either turn down the volume or completely mute the audio by pressing the audio icon.
Unlike in the US, where the app shows Gas Stations, Dining Places, Coffee Shops, etc on the Route Card, there’s no word from the company for a similar feature coming to India. Over the years, Google Maps has been the go-to Maps app for most of the smartphones, including the iPhones, but with the new turn-by-turn navigation feature rolling out to Apple Maps users in India, it would be worth watching out the competition that it gives to the Google Maps.
In addition to the turn-by-turn navigation feature, Apple Maps also allows users the ability to book an Ola or a Uber cab straight from within the app itself. As reported by some of the users, the turn-by-turn navigation feature is now available across some of the major cities in the country and seems to be working fine.