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Ghana gets Google voice-guided maps app

By Lawrence Quartey
Posted on Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:44

Google Ghana launched its Google Maps Navigation recently to enable owners of android devices such as smart phones to access comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-go maps with built in local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation to all kinds of places.

Users of Google products in Ghana already had access to the maps app, but the introduction of voice prompts has improved the function, the company said.

“What we have done now is to improve the safety of that, because you will not be driving and using your phone at the same time anymore,” Estelle Akofio-Sowah, Google Ghana country manager, said.

“You now have a voice that tells you in five metres to take a right turn and if you miss that turning it will redirect you. It is now giving you a voice prompt turn-by-turn navigation to get to your destination”.

She said in terms of content, Google Ghana had improved tremendously in enriching the information on maps in the country with the support of users.

The maps project in Ghana started four years ago, Akofi-Sowah said, adding that the company was always looking for ways to improve its products, while making them interesting for users.

“There is pretty much information on every street name in Ghana that is known now on Google Maps,” she said. “We now driving to showcase that people can use Google Maps to tell the world where they
are. It is really simple.”

Jacqueline Rajuai, Google Maps programme manager, underscored the need to ensure constant updating of information on the maps with the changing times in order to keep them fresh always.

“Maps are now simple to use and easy to understand, maps bring data to life,” she said, adding that last year about one billion Google Maps applications were downloaded globally.

Rajuai said, more than 800,000 websites last year had Google Maps embedded in them.

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