Ever been lost in a blizzard, trying to figure out where did you land up out of nowhere? Today its actually hard to happen, with GPS ‘this’ and navigation ‘that’ all around the globe. Well, unless you’re in a similar playscript that Chuck Noland encountered in Cast Away. Its never going to be easy to find a way out especially when you’re in some of the busiest cities in the world, like Mumbai and Delhi.
MapMyIndia.com seem to have an answer to that question now with their latest GPS device that they have launched. The gadget is fully loaded with maps of 401 cities with complete details of streets, localities, sub-localities and specific destinations. This includes 8.3 lakh kms of roads connecting 4 lakh towns and villages and takes you to around 10 lakh points of interest like cinema halls, restaurants, petrol pumps etc. MapMyIndia Vx140 is the name of the deal, and it also includes entertainment. More specifications and feautures can be found here. But the question that you’d ask yourself after this – Am I ready to pay Rs. 14,990 for this surreal-looking bantam gizmo just to ensure a safe trip?
Rakesh Verma, Managing Director, MapmyIndia, “After launching the MapMyIndia Light, which is a stylish and pocket friendly navigator, we now bring the MapmyIndia Loaded to the Indian market, which boasts a 4.3” touch screen, advanced Bluetooth functionality and audio/video playback, making it a perfect in car navigation and entertainment device.” Will we get to see another upgrade on this device which can automatically speed dial a call to the MapMyIndia satellite customer care to track the most impossible locations?
There are some other players who find these confusing roadways and choked up streets in India quite fascinating for the growth of their business. NAVTEQ is one of them who recently opened their Global Production Centre, in Mumbai. “Asia Pacific is rapidly introducing location-aware devices and applications with significant growth potential. India plays a strategic role in shaping NAVTEQ developments throughout Asia.” stated Rich Shuman, NAVTEQ, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific sales.
600 employees are expected to work on local, regional and global projects and will focus on maintaining and updating NAVTEQ maps in 77 countries and territories. They will be looking forward to strengthen their international production capacity and productivity.
They have also expanded their coverage for India with the help of a better quality digital mapping facility for their users travelling within India. The high quality map expands coverage to 84 cities enabling customers to provide navigation solutions in high density areas where Indians live and travel. They have also enabled routing to thousands of villages in Rural India with comprehensive highway coverage that enables travelers to get to major population areas.