[AI] Local touch to Yahoo maps

Geetha Shamanna geetha at millernorbert.de
Sun Apr 13 05:23:00 EDT 2008


Wonder whether these maps can be used in combination with GPS applications 
such as Loadstone or Wayfinder.

Geetha
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From: "Vikas Kapoor" <dl.vikas at gmail.com>
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Subject: [AI] Local touch to Yahoo maps


> Local touch to Yahoo maps
>
> Special Correspondent
>
> Walking directions, maps in 10 Indian languages
>
> - Graphic: Anand Parthasarathy with Yahoo Maps
>
> Desi cartography: Yahoo's Indian maps switch seamlessly to the local 
> language of the region searched.
>
> Bangalore: Yahoo's map services have gone 'desi.' Last week, the Internet 
> portal leader added interfaces in 10 languages to its Indian map and place 
> finder
> utilities.
>
> The service, which can be found at http://in.maps.yahoo.com, allows users 
> to switch from the default English to Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, 
> Bengali,
> Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi and Oriya.
>
> Users can zoom into the cities or towns of their choice. They can seek 
> directions to go from one place to another and the detailed walking 
> directions appear
> in a box alongside the map, where the route is highlighted, complete with 
> services en route such as restaurants, ATMs or petrol pumps.
>
> The service can be accessed by anyone who has an Internet connection and 
> also works on Net-capable mobile phones. Even if you search on a PC or 
> laptop,
> you can e-mail or SMS the directions to a friend's mobile number.
>
> The Hindu tested the software simulating the experience in various parts 
> of the country, in different languages - which one can select at the click 
> of a
> button. If you opt for 'vernacular,' it switches seamlessly to the local 
> language of the region that is being displayed. A double click zooms in 
> for a
> closer view. The product developed by Yahoo's Indian engineers in 
> Bangalore is said to cover 179 cities, 4,676 towns and over 2 lakh 
> villages.
>
> http://www.thehindu.com/2008/04/13/stories/2008041359461300.htm
>
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