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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Google Maps updated for Sri Lanka

I was blaming Google maps alot for not mapping the roads correctly in Sri Lanka. Only 'A' category roads was mapped previously and that mapping was horrible. A very interesting part was that A3 road was running over our home.

But now google seems to start mapping Sri Lanka correctly. Now All the 'A' and 'B' roads are mapped correctly at almost 100% accuracy. Rails tracks are also mapped correctly.

The important part is the Google even has mapped and named the minor roads in Colombo. Almost all the roads are mapped it seems, even roads length around 100m (the roads in Galle Road to sea side).

Most popular landmarks like schools, hospitals, parks, shopping malls, bus stands, company buildings and etc are also marked correctly in Colombo and in some parts of the country.


The only lacking part is that getting directions from Google Maps, which is still not available. Hope google will add it too. Then it'll be a great news for all the GPS enabled mobile phone users (including me) to get directions. And it will be a bad news for Dialog's SatNav Digital Navigator which costs around Rs. 110, 000/- (excluding taxes).


Great work Goolge......

4 comments:

Yasith said...

huh! owning a GPS enabled * is illegal!!!(in SL)

Bhathiya Udayanga Pathirana said...

This is a very good news and even i don't know that, but i saw some sort of development in Google maps on SL. but i didn't investigate further. information is so valuable!! thanks m8 seems reading your blog is worthy :)

Purinda Gunasekara said...

Nice work bro!
I didn't realize this even for years man... thanks for the update...

Kit.
purinda@fedoraproject.org

දුකා said...

Good post . . .