Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Enhancements to Nokia Maps include Pedestrian Navigation, Satellite Images

Nokia announced a number of enhancements to its Maps application. A partial list of the updated features in Nokia Maps 2.0 includes:

  • Faster routing in Car Navigation mode along with a new navigation carousel with pre-defined navigation views - i.e. navigation, arrow, bird-eye.

  • Optional pedestrian navigation walks you from A to B with visual guidance. It helps you to locate yourself by giving information about the surrounding buildings, streets and parks and, if the device supports it, notifies the direction you are walking.

  • Public transportation information (station entrances) data in 17 cities with localized icons for stops.

  • Multi-sensor positioning using A-GPS, and pedestrian orientation using the compass feature (Nokia 6210 Navigator needed for built-in compass usage)

  • Satellite images with hybrid rendering overlays for selected cities worldwide provide real aerial views on your mobile.

  • "One-box search" allows you to search through places, addresses, restaurants, nightlife, outdoor, accommodation.

  • New premium multi-media city guides including features photos, video, audio streams.