Be it Wikimapia or keyhole or any one of those innumerable sites that have geographic information, the community has painstakingly marked those bus stops and milk booths and restaurants and even houses. Probably for personal satisfaction. Or maybe to help those lost and stranded. With a billion helpful minds behind, India suddenly seems too small. And now it is payback time.
It all started a week back when Yahoo India Maps got a revamp across the indian web so that the best of location intelligence is available to you behind one text box at http://in.maps.yahoo.com. Try “mumbai cst” or “metro, delhi” or “garuda mall, Bangalore” and you will know what I am talking about. Looking for ATMs near Forum mall? Try “atms near forum mall, Bangalore”. Or maybe you are on that Motorbike drive across chennai, “Shell petrol pumps in Chennai” will come in handy. These are locations that Yahoo has captured from various locations from around the internet, wherever it exists.
And it does not stop with just that. Combine the mighty power of users with our unique Indian Driving directions and suddenly, it seems like you may never be required to pull over and ask the pan-wallah for directions ever again. Yes, Yahoo! know that many roads don’t have names and when they do, they probably don’t have sign boards indicating them. So, it has of thought landmarks and turns in your route instruction will help make it easier for you. Now, Yahoo! India Maps have added information about localities, towns, villages and cities along your route so that you know what you are leaving behind and what you are entering when you are on your journey.
Print it out or Send yourself an SMS and get going, because, getting lost is not so easy now.