Location based services and maps company MapmyIndia has launched a new version of its maps – version 8.0, which would be included in all the existing and new MapmyIndia navigation solutions.

In the new version, the company has introduced maps of Union Territories like Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep among others in this new version and informed that this updated maps version covers 10.33 million places and 1.9 million road kilometers across 600,000 villages and 4,787 cities at street-level. It also claims to provide maps for 50 cities with house-level details, 46 cities with 3D city models and driving directions to 30,000 tourist locations.

In comparison, MapmyIndia Maps 7.1 had claimed to cover 7.1 million places of interest, 1.9 million road kilometers, across 600,000 towns and villages and 4,751 cities at street-level, 39 cities with house level details and 36 cities with full 3D city models.

Besides this, version 8.0 also offers various navigation and driver assistance features like live traffic information and visual cues like extended lane guidance, junction views, signposts, city guides, regional voice guidance in 10 regional languages and regional maps in four local languages.

Extended Lane guidance alerts users the lane they should choose prior to a turn or an exit while Junction views offers a sneak peek at upcoming intersections and Sign posts provides information on the major landmarks, localities and cities that come during the journey. It also offers day time based turn restrictions which offers information on time-based turn restrictions and whether a particular road is a one-way or a two-way.

MapmyIndia Developments In The Past Year

– Earlier this year, MapmyIndia launched Mappls SafeWorld, an emergency response enterprise solutions division, which offers map-based solutions to Indian government agencies and private sector companies.

– In November 2012, MapmyIndia had partnered with a series of car makers like BMW, Jaguar-Land Rover, Maruti, Honda, Tata and Mahindra among others to offer its GPS solutions on a range of car models. MapmyIndia has said that these car models will offer its Maps 7.1 solution as part of its GPS navigation offering to their consumers. The company had claimed that it had sold over 1,40,000 GPS navigation entertainment systems through its network of more than 1,500 car showrooms and car accessory shops across 100+ Indian cities as of November 2012. This includes the company’s Portable Navigators, CarPads and fitted In-dash systems.

– In September 2012, it had launched a maps and GPS navigation app called Don’t Panic for iOS users. It had also reduced the price of its iOS navigation app, ‘Sygic & MapmyIndia: GPS Navigation’ to $29.99 from $49.99, for a limited time period, in a bid to attract users who had updated their devices to iOS 6 and were disappointed with Apple’s default Maps app. The app is currently available for $34.99 on the iTunes App Store at the time of writing this article.

– In August 2012, MapmyIndia had launched a new device, ‘CarPad 5‘. which was essentially a 3G enabled Android tablet offering its navigation interface along with communication and multimedia capabilities. Earlier in the year, it had launched an Android based In-car Navigation and Entertainment system which featured a large touch screen, DVD player, iPod connectivity, USB and SD card support, Aux-in and AV-in for connecting other audio and video sources, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, AV-in for reverse camera support, Steering Wheel Controls, AV-out to connect to rear-seat or roof-mounted monitors and a built in FM radio player.

– In June 2012, MapmyIndia has launched a new mobile web portal at m.mapmyindia.com which offers maps, driving directions and local search feature on all GPRS enabled smartphones.

– In April 2012, MapmyIndia had launched a navigation app, in partnership with Telenav, a California (USA) headquartered company that offers personalized navigation solutions, that offers house number search in addition to turn-by-turn voice navigation, and stores points of interest, business listings and user favourites in the cloud. The app is available on iOS through the iTunes App Store, for the iPhone and iPad, at an introductory price of $3.99 with a 30 day validity, post which, it will be available for $29.99 with a one year validity.