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Video Maps From VidTeq

Posted by Sravan | February 25, 2009 .

Almost all Indian cities are expanded haphazardly and the road construction is likewise. For this reason, the addresses are complex and finding directions even more. Add to this the rapidly changing landscapes of a developing country. Thankfully, people are friendly and knowledgeable enough to guide strangers in the right direction. Even then, there are always folks like me who manage to get lost every now and then.

Finding a location or directions using the Google Maps API is a common service today. But VidTeq goes one step ahead and shows directions in an even more digestible manner.

Take a look at the screenshot below.

VidTeq Screenshot

On the right hand side you see the usual digital map layout with directions broken down into a set of steps (shown to the lower left hand side). On the upper left hand side there is an actual video showing a vehicle going through that exact route covering all the steps. What makes it much easier is that roads, various buildings and other landmarks are geo-tagged within the video wherever they appear (like the RMZ Titanium building and a couple of other landmarks above).

Still in alpha stage, VidTeq is currently covering the city of Bangalore, and even there not all roads have been covered yet. But I really hope it comes to Pune fast enough. They will need a lot more resources once the site starts getting traffic. The services being provided have only been launched a couple of weeks ago.

VidTeq is an Indian startup based in Bangalore which is pioneering an innovative navigation concept based on video maps. According to their website, they “are the first ones (not just India but World) to come up with a Video Map based solution for Road navigation.”

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