MapmyIndia has today announced a host of new features, applications, strategic partnerships and acquisition. The company also announced the acquisition of VidTeq, a known name in VideoMaps. The company has also unveiled a series of map and location-based technology and product releases, as well as strategic Make in India alliances with other Indian organisations viz ISRO, Idea Cellular, Visit Health, Aatapaha Smart Lighting, Reverie Language Technologies and Udacity India.
Localised Map and new keyboard app, Hey Map
To start with, MapmyIndia has joined hands with Reverie Language Technologies to localise the entire map of India. Under this partnership, both the companies will be working together too soon roll out other Indian languages support for the map services. The map is currently available in Hindi. Other than this, the multilingual search will also be enabled in the coming months making it fully localised map platform for India. The localised map will have the ability to locate exact house addresses or locations as opposed to locations within a certain radius or vicinity using a 6 digits alphanumeric eLoc code. One can also search a location via typing or voice in Indian languages as well. One can also get turn by turn navigational instructions to the desired location in a language of their choice.
Other than this, both the companies have come with a new keyboard app known as Hey Map. The app is currently available on the Google Play Store and through this keyboard users will be able to search, save and share locations or points of interest at the ‘Flip’ of the keyboard in Indian languages. There is also Speech To Text feature through which users can conduct a voice search. So, for example, one can ask “Hey Maps, show restaurants nearby?” or “Hey Maps, where am I?” from the keyboard app.
Digital Map with Real View, VidTeq acquisition
Further, the company has also announced a Real View platform for its map services which would be known as ‘Digital Map Twin of the Real World’. The company says that the new digital platform will capture, recognise and publish real-as-life 3D and 360-degree map of both the outdoors and indoors through GPS, laser and panoramic camera sensors embedded on top of ground-based vehicles, backpacks, trains, flying drones, and trolleys that can move quickly indoors.
The new platform will be updated continuously by using company’s IoT (Internet of Things) platform, known as InTouch, which the company boasts which can process enormous streams of real-time video and data from vehicle sensors and professionally moderated crowd-sourced reports on traffic and road conditions. Their new platform will also utilise company’s analytics engine, Insight, which analyses geo-tagged video in real-time through computer vision and machine learning techniques to recognise and extract fixed features and changing obstacles on/conditions of the roads.
In order to take the digital Map Twin forward, MapmyIndia has acquired Bengaluru-based VidTeq. The company is known for making VideoMaps, which allow the user to view a video clip of the complete route from any source to any destination within a city.
Self-driving cars ecosystem
In order to strengthen the self-driving cars ecosystem in India, the company has tied up with Udacity, through which Udacity will provide a platform for a nine months online programme in self-driving, where students will work on interactive projects in computer vision and robotic controls, as well as other software development skills that are required to build and develop the self-driving car technology. With the Indian government proposing an amendment to the motor vehicles act, which will allow self-driving cars on Indian roads, both the companies are eager to consolidate the ecosystem for this segment.
Swastha Bharat m-health
Lastly, the company has tied up with Visit to launch a new health app known as Swastha Bharat m-health. Through this app users will get the access of emergency Ambulance services, find nearby Hospitals, clinics, labs, pharmacy outlets and consult doctors and specialists over Chat, Phone and Video. The app also comes with Health Assistant and live chat services. Through Health Assistant, one can diagnose health-related issues, get access to suggestions and home remedies.
The assistant can also provide information on local epidemics and necessary preventive steps to be taken. Further, users will also get health recommendations about the most health-related issues by people based on the user’s demographic data and past history to help them avoid any possible health concerns.