Brainstorm

Ovi Maps improvement suggestions

Posted on 2009-11-08 11:22 UTC by Sascha Makela. Status: Under consideration, Categories: Location & Navigation.

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Nokia has invested a lot in Ovi Maps. While it has lot of potential, it's not perfect. However, instead of trying to find an alternative product, why not give some suggestions on how it could be improved?

Please put only one idea per solution, this way each idea can be voted separately.

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Solution #1: Voice Guided Navigation as free beta until purchase of it is available

Posted on 2009-11-08 11:29 UTC by Sascha Makela.

Having it as free beta would give Nokia valuable feedback in addition of the benefit of having voice guided navigation available from the very start.
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Solution #2: Free turn by turn navigation on OVI

Posted on 2009-11-08 12:36 UTC by dr m.

Nokia should implement free turn by turn navigation on OVI. Although it’s a difficult decision for Navteq, it’s better to make it now, while in the position of world best map supplier. The model should be; the users add corrections and traffic information to the available maps.
The revenue should come from advertisement.

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Solution #3: Ability to map roads

Posted on 2009-11-08 12:39 UTC by Sascha Makela.

Add a feature to map new/changed roads for private use, with an option to share it with friends/community. It should be really simple to use. Basically just a "Start Mapping Road" and "End Mapping Road" buttons and drive/walk to road. After that there could be some simple questions like what kind of road (dirt/gravel/tarmac and), condition (very poor - very good), type (private/local/main/motorway/toll) and so on. After that is would ask if you want to share it and with whom.
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Solution #4: Maps shall be possible to sync with Ovi web Maps

Posted on 2009-11-08 13:24 UTC by Andrei Emeltchenko.

I have my places in Ovi Maps server which I have synced with N95 Nokia Maps. There shall be implemented interface to sync them with N900 maps.

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Solution #5: Ovi maps must compete with Google maps.

Posted on 2009-11-08 19:56 UTC by Davide Antonicelli.

If Nokia wants to break through the market with Maemo 5 and 6, they will have to compete with the GPS navigation capabilities of Android.  In my opinion any solution much inferior to googles will not cut it, and will drive lots of non maemo fan customers straight into the arms of Android devices

At the very minimum Ovi needs Voice activation, turn by turn, and especially it has to be free/included with the device.

I love maemo and have purchased the N900, but I seriously found myself thinking about the Motorola droid, when I saw the GPS navigation function in action.  Tap a button, and tell it where you want to go.

It ha to be seamless.

OVI needs that!

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Solution #6: 3D Height Map

Posted on 2009-11-08 20:52 UTC by Sascha Makela.

To implement a 3D Height Map might need a lot of resources, but it could be a killer feature. This would be much more natural than a simple flat map, especially in a mountainous region.
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Solution #7: be able to save landmarks and routes

Posted on 2009-11-08 21:43 UTC by Ian Monroe.

Before we worry about turn-by-turn and other such fancy stuff...

What about being able to save landmarks and routes? Its quite annoying to have to leave Ovi maps on or else I'll lose my route.

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Solution #8: Add tighter integration inside other maemo software

Posted on 2009-11-08 22:37 UTC by Zaheer Merali.

Add heuristics inside every TextView or every widget that can display text such that it recognises what is an address or a place and have it such that clicking on what it thinks is a place or address shows it in ovi maps. Very useful when people sms/im/email you addresses or that you have typed an address casually in the calendar.

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Solution #9: Add scripting capability

Posted on 2009-11-08 23:00 UTC by Stefanos Harhalakis.

Add the ability to do things with scripts (python, shell, javascript, or something else). This way the maps will be extended in different ways, both for commercial and fun uses. For example there could be a script that posts location somewhere and retrieves information for nearby "nodes", putting them on maps.

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Solution #10: Share real-time location

Posted on 2009-11-20 08:13 UTC by Sascha Makela.

Add a feature to be able to share location in real-time via data connection or SMS messages. This would enable to set up "convoys" and see where the other members are located in the map. In addition, it would be cool if there could be a web page which would show the location of these shared members.

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Solution #11: Off-line maps

Posted on 2009-11-20 08:25 UTC by Sascha Makela.

There should be the possibility to download maps into the device and then they could be used off-line. In S60 version of Ovi Maps this is already possible, but I understand that in Maemo version this is not. One should be able to use Ovi Maps without any data connection (due to availability or roaming costs).

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Solution #13: Remember preferences

Posted on 2009-12-09 17:36 UTC by Rami Zalloum.

Maps needs to remember user preferences (satellite/map/terrain) and other variable options that are reset to defaults each time you start Maps

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Solution #14: Ability to upload placemarks/landmarks

Posted on 2009-12-09 17:40 UTC by Rami Zalloum.

Maps needs to offer the option of uploading landmarks

and the ability to sync landmarks with other Nokia phones

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Solution #15: Add Presence Detection and Managment

Posted on 2009-12-10 01:57 UTC by Craig Woodward.

Presence detection is a key item that can not only be updated by GPS, but used to provide faster startup and time to first lock.  The OVI app should be able to look at other system items (active wifi SSIDs, last location, etc) and use these to pre-seed the GPS receiver if it's been off.  Right now it's relying on A-GPS and/or an active data connection to do this.  In fact, on my N900 if the GPS is off and I have no data connection, GPS often fails to get a lock before the OVI map app "gives up" and turns GPS off again.  Meaning I MUST have a data connection setup to get a lock most times.  Removing this need while providing a useful feature like presence would be great.

It could also dynamically update presence information.  If I route to a destination it can say "Headed to ..."  If I pull into my driveway, it should be able to set my presence to "Home".  When it sees my work's wifi, it should set it to "Work".  This could trigger IM plugins to update their presence (or not, via plugin setting), change the profile (to silent when near your common movie theater), and maybe even update your clock settings if you change time zones for those that travel a lot, or live and work in different zones.

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Solution #16: faster refresh rate of current location

Posted on 2009-12-10 22:21 UTC by Rami Zalloum.

Maps needs to refresh the "red spot" location much faster, it takes now a very long time which is inferior to other products in the market.

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Solution #17: Be able to track myself

Posted on 2009-12-14 11:46 UTC by Sergey Vlasov.

Currently this feature is only available when a route is set, if no route set then you have to pan, rotate and do everything by yourself.

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Solution #18: Customizable "red spot"

Posted on 2009-12-14 11:57 UTC by Sergey Vlasov.

Sometimes it's difficult to spot it, especially when it's semitransparent and in perspective mode. Would be great to have other look options like cone or something.

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Solution #19: Reduce initialization(priming) time

Posted on 2009-12-15 08:59 UTC by Rami Zalloum.

from the second you touch the Maps icon, it takes 20 seconds for the application to start, and another 10 for the location detection, I believe this time can and should be reduced

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Solution #20: View POIs on Map when searching