TripAdvisor wants to be the go-to place for consumers to find in-destination activities on their smartphones. Citymaps will not only help consumers with map-based attractions' searches but will bolster TripAdvisor's abilities to perform location-based marketing. Expect more of those TripAdvisor notifications when you amble by an interesting tourist spot.
Visit Faroe Islands sees its lack of Google Street View as a hindrance to tourism, so the tourism bureau is making its own "Sheep View." Even if the technology doesn't work perfectly, the project itself is getting attention and might boost tourism anyway.
Google Maps still provides a basic value when travelers aren't connected to the internet if they download city maps before they arrive and use GPS-based navigation.
The race for HERE slowed when Uber began poaching Google Maps veterans and an entire team from Bing Maps.
Every country needs a tourism ambassador like Manny Pacquiao who just won't stop talking about how great the destination is, no matter the context.
Uber will get the maps it needs from Microsoft, and the automakers will get a backbone for autonomous cars. Get ready for transportation to change radically in next to no time at all.
We're doubtful that a group of car manufacturers buying the mapping unit in order to better play defense will make as much of it as a tech company pursuing it for a more aggressive offense.
With innovations like this, we hope that Nokia stays independent of takeovers from Uber or auto manufacturers.
The future of discovery is entirely mobile, and right now Google is the undisputed champion.
The app knows everything about you already. Might as well use it to get better rides, too.