The portal will also feature drag & drop direction markers for customizing routes, real-time traffic updates (Delhi & Mumbai only) and the ability for users to add a new place or a edit an existing place.
When we tried, we were able to add a place easily with requisite details like address, locality, pincode, website and email address among others. One can also drag the marker to an exact point on a map and submit the place. Once added, the place goes instantly live on MapmyIndia Maps. Hence, we are curious whether MapmyIndia has any checks in place for possible misuse of this feature, although there is a captcha check before adding any specific place. Few months back, Google had a similar problem wherein the new Google Maps had listings for escort services, call girls and gigilos, all over the Central Park area of Rajiv Chowk (Connaught Place) in Delhi.
One can also post ratings and write reviews for any specific point of interest present on the maps, which has been integrated to the company’s local search service Explore. The company says this data will be available across its map and explore mobile apps.
Another feature worth mentioning is the PIN feature, which provides users with a unique six character short code for every points of interest available on the map. This unique code is available on the sidebar whenever one searches for any specific place on the maps, who can later use this to revisit any place in the MapmyIndia maps. This can come in handy if the specific place has a long address.
MapmyIndia says it has also simplified POI (places of interest) search by adding categorization and a single- click search facility. It is also providing users the ability to embed maps, driving directions and local search on their websites or blogs.
Last October, Genesys International had also launched a mapping portal WoNoBo which offers a 3D view of cities, along with travel, business and local information for four Indian cities including Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. The company however focuses on providing streetview-like imagery to consumers.
Besides this, there is also Google Maps which is struggling to roll out Street View in India and is currently adding street view imagery of heritage sites in the country, in partnership with the Archeological Survey of India.