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Inc42.com features 25 year journey of MapmyIndia, building maps and location data

Inc42.com covered MapmyIndia’s success story of creating India’s most exhaustive, accurate, and information rich digital maps and revolutionizing the use of GIS in the business models in India. The company was started by the husband-wife duo, Rakesh & Rashmi Verma in 1994 who led MapmyIndia’s pioneering and path ­breaking effort to create the foundation, framework and architecture for a robust and scale-able model of digital mapping in India. Today MapmyIndia team successfully delivers India’s most comprehensive and feature rich location data products and services. This unique and highly effective business model of MapmyIndia has been highly acknowledged and recommended in a case study by Harvard Business Review.

“Currently, the company offers an entire API stack, IOT devices, a map app, and is creating disruptive technologies for a better, safer and a smarter India. It has mapped over 10.54 Mn unique Points of Interests, expanded coverage of over 2 Mn Kilometers of road network, 7068 cities at street level with house address level data for 80 cities, 6 Lakh villages, and 3D & 2D landmarks in 86 cities”. The core of the company is that we build maps, says Rohan Verma, CTO MapmyIndia.  Taking forward his parents passion and legacy, his vision is, to, creating the digital twin of the real world. A full 360-degree, indoor, outdoor, where we have an idea of how the world functions. The idea is that one day the digital twin of the world has to be made, for digital world experience.

Not fazed by the competition , Mapmyindia is dedicated to providing value added services with maps and location technologies, an asset for the country, with focus on being better, thus playing a key role in developing smart cities and swacch Bharat initiatives to make a world better place for the billions.

You can check out the featured article at https://inc42.com/startups/mapmyindia-maps-gps/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=organic and contact us at www.mapmyindia.com for further information.

MapmyIndia Supports Limca Book of Records with VT12 GPS Tracking Device

Mr Suresh Joseph is on his way to set another record drive to the four corners of India. Before he left on his adventure he talks about his trail and how MapmyIndia is supporting his trip with GPS tracking services as per the requirement of Limca records. His wanderlust has inspired him to drive through the four corners of India this time, they are Tezu (Arunachal Pradesh), Leh (Ladakh), Kotesvar (Gujarat) and Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu). Maps helped to explore routes, discover new routes and plan for his newly blazed trail.

MapmyIndia is proud to support this endeavor by installing a GPS tracker in his Champion (Mahindra XUV 500). The vehicle tracking system is now a part of the Limca Book of Records requirement. With MapmyIndia VT12 tracker all the activity logs of your journey like speed, location, stoppage are delivered to your personal online account and your phone. Tracking of your GPS locations in near-real time will let your family and loved ones know about your safety. Tracker helps you capture drive activity and Browser History.

MapmyIndia wishes Mr Joseph with all good luck in his journey. We look forward to your trails and tales.

Get more information on our products at www.mapmyindia.com/store

MapmyIndia partners with Ford SYNC AppLink

  • This is a joint endeavour to deliver a superior Connected Car System in India and to enable a safer navigation experience
  • MapmyIndia’s Map App on Ford SYNC AppLink Platform now has nearby search by category listing and brand listing

MapmyIndia, India’s leader in premium quality digital map data and APIs, GPS navigation, Tracking, Location Apps & GIS Solutions, today announced its partnership with Ford, on their AppLink platform with an enhanced version of MapmyIndia’s Map App (download the Android mobile app at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mmi.maps&hl=en). Ford SYNC platform so far provided Points of Interest Search around a current location, but the enhanced version will now let the user search Points of Interest via category listing (18 categories and 108 sub-categories), and also specific brand names. In addition, the user will also experience voice as well as textual driving directions to the selected Point of Interest.
Ford SYNC AppLink

Commenting on the partnership, Shivalik Prasad, Executive Director of MapmyIndia said, “We have been digitally mapping India for over 20 years and have brought the benefits of digital maps to all Indians through breakthrough innovations in the automotive sector. We want to make the world better using maps & location technology and we share Ford’s vision to bring a SUPER Safe & Convenient navigation& mapping experience in-vehicle using voice commands on Ford Technologies. Our cutting-edge location technology can assure that drivers & passengers will be able to experience and find nearby points of interest either by category or by brand, in the real world from the comfort of their vehicle, enabling a superior connected car mapping experience. ”

Ford SYNC AppLink platform

Ford SYNC AppLink platform

“Ford SYNC AppLink platform gives drivers and occupants more choices to make their driving enjoyable and informative while on the move,” said Julius Marchwicki, Director Connected Vehicle & Services, Ford Asia Pacific. “We are very excited to expand Ford’s SYNC AppLink portfolio with new India-specific apps such as Maps app by MapmyIndia.”

Ford Sync

Ford Sync

About MapmyIndia (www.mapmyindia.comhttp://eloc.me/mmi000)

MapmyIndia’s mission is to make the world better through maps and location technologies. Founded in 1992, MapmyIndia is India’s leader in premium quality digital map data and APIs, GPS navigation, tracking, location apps, and GIS solutions.

Headquartered in New Delhi with offices across India, MapmyIndia is an ISO 9001-2012 company with 750+ people that pioneered digital mapping in India. Since 1995, through continuous efforts of its 400+ professional field surveyors and state-of-the-art mapping technology, including its revolutionary RealView service which captures, analyses and publishes the world in 3D and 360-degree photo-realistic clarity, MapmyIndia has built its proprietary MapmyIndia Maps, the most comprehensive, accurate, reliable, full-featured, professionally created and continuously updated digital map data set for all India, which are used for a wide range of applications including Navigation, Telematics, Autonomous Driving, Geographic Information Systems, Location Based Services and Smart Cities.

MapmyIndia makes not just the most advanced, accurate and detailed maps of India, but also the best GPS-based IoT (“Internet of Things”) devices optimised for use in vehicle, asset and personal navigation and tracking, market-leading location-based enterprise SaaS (“Software as a Service”), popular and delightful hyper-local mobile and web consumer apps, including maps.mapmyIndia.com, India’s very first and most detailed, accurate and comprehensive interactive online mapping portal, and NaviMaps, the best offline GPS navigation app for India. To enterprises and developers, MapmyIndia also provides a whole range of Map, LBS, GIS, GPS and Telematics Platforms, APIs, professional services and customized solutions which infuse rich and valuable location intelligence into their own apps, solutions, systems and workflows.

MapmyIndia and Reverie Language Technologies make India’s first fully localised Map and release truly local, intelligent keyboard app, ‘Hey Map’

MapmyIndia, India’s leader in digital maps and location technologies and Reverie Language Technologies, a pioneer in language technology solutions have partnered & localised the entire map of India. In terms of product, they have collaborated on the existing MapmyIndia platform, to localize India’s largest repository of digital map data built by MapmyIndia over the last 20 years, and on a new language basedintelligent keyboard app, with map intelligence and assistance integrated, called ‘Hey Map’ (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mmi.heymap). This effort should enable all billion Indians to benefit fully from map and location information, regardless of the language, app or website they are comfortable using. It allows uses to easily enter MapmyIndia’ revolutionary new eLoc, which shortens and simplifies any complex and confusing long Indian address into 6 alphanumeric characters, into the address input field of any app or website, be it an ecommerce, taxi or food delivery app, and help in enabling accurate and efficient doorstep directions, deliveries and drop-offs across India.

BRIEFLY:

  1. MapmyIndia and Reverie have localised the former’s India map platform, which helps businesses or the government deliver their products & services accurately using a simple and powerful 6 digits alphanumeric eLoc code that guarantees doorstep delivery, directions and drop-off. The map is currently available in Hindi and other Indian languages will be rolled out soon. Multilingual search will also be enabled in the coming months making it the only fully localised map platform for India.

    Device Settings for Hindi Language Map

    Device Settings for Hindi Language Map

  2. MapmyIndia and Reverie have also together created a new keyboard for mobile phones called ‘Hey Map’ (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mmi.heymap)for end consumers to be able to search, saveand sharelocations or points of interest at the ‘Flip’ of the keyboard in Indian languages.

    Keyboard in Indian languages

    Keyboard in Indian languages

  3. It is also powered with Speech to Text (STT) making it easy to just ask:

    “Hey Map, show restaurants nearby?” or

    “Hey Map, where am I?”

    OR

    हेमैप, मैंकहानहूँ?”

    हेमैप, नज़्दीकहोटेल्सकहानहैं?”

    to discover what is around you or where you are. MapmyIndia’s 6 digits alphanumeric eLoc code will also allow anyone to share their location over any application which can then be seen on any browser or MapmyIndia’s app, or right from the ‘Hey Map’keyboard app.

    1. USP/DIFFERENTIATION:This solution is better than any other map or navigational solutions currently available in the market in the following ways:
    • Fully localised map platform – available in Hindi first, other Indian languages to be added soon
    • Ability to locate exact house addresses or locations as opposed to locations within a certain radius or vicinity using a 6 digits alphanumeric eLoc code
    • Ability to search a location via typing or voice in Indian languages, apart from the ability to share and store 6 digits alphanumeric eLoc codes

    DETAILS:

    MapmyIndia’s current products are used by 5,000+ enterprise customers and 10 million end consumers. Its eLoc product is India’s first nationwide digital address system, which has transformational potential in the private and public sector.

    Reverie Language Technologies has processed more than 2 billion words on its proprietary Language-as-a-ServiceTM (LaaSTM) platformin major Indian languages and has delivered language solutions on more than 1 billion devices for major mobile and chipset manufacturers in more than 50 languages, globally.

    1. Together, they worked on fully localising MapmyIndia’splatform– from street names to navigational commands using a combination of Reverie’s hosted language solutions and its APIs via its cloud based Language-as-a-ServiceTM (LaaSTM) platform. This will have a variety of applications:
    • Businesses: especially for MapmyIndia’s existing partners for supply chain & logisticsto ensure 30% more profitable and faster deliveries due to high accuracy of MapmyIndia’s digital maps, unambiguous and simple address input and precise navigation to destination doorstep in a preferred Indian language
    • Government: completely localised for delivery of citizen service initiatives across 100+ cities and 600,000+ villages,
    • Automotive companies – embedded within navigation systems in vehicles
    • End users – who use MapmyIndia’s platform via browsers or their app and would prefer to use it in a language of their choice

    Significant technological advancements were made for this app by both MapmyIndia and Reverie to ensure seamless functioning.

    • Navigation and mapping has high quality data requirements that are typically heavy in terms of content so MapmyIndia and Reverie had toopt for hybrid solution of hosted installation of Reverie’s language solutions as well as its API based Language-as-a-ServiceTM (LaaSTM) platform
    • Map data is highly dynamic in nature (for turn by turn navigation) and therefore time bound commands need to be provided. This is particularly critical especially for correcting any wrong turns taken as the distance has to be recalculated.

    With this platform, end users will gain from a holistic and seamless experience in doing the following:

    • Searching for a desired location on the map platform to the exact doorstep in a preferred language
    • Getting turn by turn navigational instructions to the desired location in a language of their choice

     

    1. After developing popular language apps– Indic Keyboard Swalekh Flip and Indic Phonebook that have each seen more than 400K downloads and let’s end users type in all 22 official languages of India, and save, search and read their mobile contacts in 11 major Indian languages respectively, Reverie also developed a newlanguage basedmapkeyboard for MapmyIndia called ‘Hey Map’. With MapmyIndia’s eLoc feature, it makes it extremely easy to search, save and share locations or points of interest at the ‘Flip’ of the keyboard in Indian languages. If eLoc is a digital address system akin to Aadhar, then Reverie’s solution provides the language identity to that address.The keyboard app comes with the following features:
    • Type or speak, long press the word and ‘Flip’ the keyboard to reveal a map preview and a listing of your points of interest – restaurants,shops and more
      • Speech to Text (STT) feature built in to query/ask for specific points of interest like –

      “Hey Maps, show restaurants nearby?” or

      “Hey Maps, where am I?”

      OR

      हेमैप, मैंकहानहूँ?”

      हेमैप, नज़्दीकहोटेल्सकहानहैं?”

      • Search for a specific location or the 6 digits’ alphanumeric eLoc code and get directions to it
      • Save your favourite eLocs and share it with others anytime
      • MapmyIndia’ eLoc 6 digits alphanumeric code that determines a location can easily be shared via any application (WhatsApp, Facebook, email, SMS etc.) and viewed on any website on any browser,which was previously not possible, and of course, on the MapmyIndia app.
      • Again, this is especially useful for:
        • Businesses: for accurate last ‘doorstep’ delivery, supply chain and logistics requirements and business address validation in a preferred Indian language
        • Government: for emergency response management, disaster management, last ‘doorstep’ governance and utilities provision and any other citizen location validation requirement, completely localised
        • End users – to set up a personal digital address and share it with your friends and family or search for points of interest in a language of your choice. Use an eLoc to fill out an address form you need to fill out online (Flipkart, Amazon etc.) – no more filling out lengthy details!

        Speaking on the partnership, Arvind Pani, Co-Founder & CEO of Reverie Language Technologies said, “MapmyIndia has been a frontrunner in enabling accurate digital map usage in India. However, since India is a country where only 4% Indians are fluent in English and the dialect changes every 40 kilometres, it becomes imperative to take languages into account for enabling a truly efficient navigation solution. We hope this will be used extensively by businesses, the government and Indians for a truly delightful experience in a language of their choice.”

        Commenting on the partnership, Rohan Verma, Executive Director & Chief Technology Officer of MapmyIndia said, “ Since we began digitally mapping India 20 years ago, we have wanted to bring the benefits of digital maps to everyone i.e. all 125+ crore Indians, as well all  5+ crore big and small businesses, and 7 lakh plus governments across each village panchayat, municipal corporation, district, state and the centre. We have been able to do this by making our entire All India map data repository multi-lingual and integrating that into our comprehensive, flagship Map app across mobile and web platforms (http://maps.mapmyindia.com) and our all new Hey Map keyboard and voice assistant, which allows consumers to use MapmyIndia within any other app or website by simply switching to the truly local ‘Hey Map’ keyboard. Users of Map and Hey Map can save 30% time and money every day by getting and giving doorstep directions, deliveries, and taxi drop-offs using eLoc, our revolutionary new nation-wide door-step level digital address system that shortens and simplifies any complex and confusing  Indian address to 6 alphanumeric characters (e.g.  c-2/149a Janakpuri, new Delhi become simply 8GDTYX), in the language of their comfort. We believe this will rapidly be adopted by millions of consumers and also app developers, businesses and government organisations looking for the best, most localized and most efficient and effective map-powered experience for their daily lives, as well as business and governance initiatives. We are so excited to partner with Reverie, another best-in-class pioneering organisation, for a truly Made in India, Digital India, Best for India solution”.

        About MapmyIndia:

        (Website: http://mapmyindia.com, eLoc: http://eloc.me/mmi000)
        MapmyIndia’s mission is to make the world better through maps and location technologies. Founded in 1992, MapmyIndia is India’s leader in premium quality digital map data and APIs, GPS navigation, tracking, location apps, and GIS solutions.

        Headquartered in New Delhi with offices across India, MapmyIndia is an ISO 9001-2012 company with 750+ people that pioneered digital mapping in India. Since 1995, through continuous efforts of its 400+ professional field surveyors and state-of-the-art mapping technology and its own private investment of Rs 200+ crore into cutting technologies and professional map building processes, which includes its revolutionary RealView service that captures, analyses and publishes the world in 3D and 360-degree photo-realistic clarity, MapmyIndia has built its proprietary MapmyIndia Maps, the most comprehensive, accurate, reliable, full-featured, professionally created and continuously updated digital map data set IP for all India, including the game-changing eLoc digital address innovation, a 6 character code for every doorstep across India, which are used for a wide range of applications including Navigation, Telematics, Autonomous Driving, Geographic Information Systems, Location Based Services and Smart Cities. MapmyIndia powers 5000+ enterprises, 80% of car with in-built navigation in India run on MapmyIndia, 10,000+ developers build on the MapmyIndia stack, and MapmyIndia has successfully served over 10 million individual end users and customers.

        MapmyIndia makes not just the most advanced, accurate and detailed maps of India, but also the best GPS-based IoT (“Internet of Things”) devices optimized for use in vehicle, asset and personal navigation and tracking, market-leading location-based enterprise SaaS (“Software as a Service”), popular and delightful hyper-local mobile and web consumer apps, including maps.mapmyIndia.com, India’s very first and most detailed, accurate and comprehensive interactive online mapping portal, and NaviMaps, the best offline GPS navigation app for India. Enterprises, startups and developers can infuse rich and valuable location intelligence into their own apps, IoT devices, solutions, systems and workflows by integrating with the MapmyIndia Stack, which is India’s best and most powerful set of data, APIs, professional services and customized solutions covering maps, navigation, tracking and location analytics. MapmyIndia’s developer platform, AppmyIndia (http://appmyindia.com), already powers tens of thousands of developers, startups and technology deployments by marquee public and private sector enterprises across 4 themes – Smart Cars, Smart Businesses, Smart Governments, and Smart Consumers – and is focused on enabling the entire ecosystem to transform India and leapfrog it to the forefront of the digital world.

        About Reverie Language Technologies:

        (Website: http://reverieinc.com/)

        Reverie’s vision is to promote Language Equality on the InternetTM. It was founded in 2009 by Arvind Pani, Vivek Pani and S.K Mohanty, and is led by a strong R&D technology team that builds technologies to bridge the language divide in the digital world. Reverie works with OEM & chipset manufacturers, enterprises (Consumer Internet) and the developer community.

        Reverie’s Language-as-a-ServiceTM (LaaSTM) cloud platform provides localisation services such as local-language translation, transliteration, device input, and search through a set of APIs.  The platform integrates with business infrastructure (websites and apps) to enable end users to consume digital content in their preferred language in multiple languages, real-time.

        Reverie serves the consumer Internet space (online retail, e-commerce marketplaces, travel, media & entertainment), banks and financial services, e-governance, across millions of devices.

Udacity Announces Strategic Partnership with MapmyIndia to Strengthen the Self Driving Ecosystem in the country

~ MapmyIndia will provide training to students and recruit professionals who complete the Self Driving Nanodegree with Udacity~

 

  • The self driving nanodegree is the first credential in the autonomous car space for aspiring self driving car engineers
  • It is designed in partnership with stellar pioneers like Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Didi, Otto, and Nvidia
  • By signing up for this course, students get an opportunity to directly learn from one of the foremost authority on Self Driving Cars, Sebastian Thrun, a Google roboticist and founder of Udacity
  • With artificial intelligence, automation and machine learning becoming a norm for all technology enabled companies, the scope for self driving car engineers is huge in India
  • The partnership with MapmyIndia, India’s leader in map data, location technologies and sensors for autonomous vehicles, will provide a platform for these students to work in the exciting field of autonomous vehicles and build the map of the future that will positively transform the automotive and transportation industry of India

 

Delhi, 17th April- India is a huge market when it comes to self driving cars and automation. In order to promote innovation and research in the spectrum of vehicular engineering, the Indian government has proposed an amendment to the motor vehicles act, which when passed will permit testing of self driving cars on Indian roads. This clearly shows that both the public and private sector are equally excited about this new disruption and therefore this opens up a plethora of opportunities for self driving car engineers within the country.

It is also globally believed that Indian roads provide the best testing grounds for self driving technology than other developed nations, as lane discipline and traffic movement is wildly erratic in the country, thereby providing more data to autonomous vehicle sensors. Also, with intelligent technology in the seat, it is also possible to reduce fatal road accidents over time. Therefore, in  these exhilarating times, the partnership between Udacity and MapmyIndia is a step towards consolidating the ecosystem and building pace for rapid and sustained growth.

Udacity provides a platform for a nine months online programme in self driving, where students will work on interactive projects in computer vision and robotic controls, as well as other software development skills that are required to build and develop the self-driving car technology. MapmyIndia has been investing in developing cutting edge technology to fuel maps which can power self-driving cars, of smart cities and states and smart businesses. The partnership will provide wide career opportunities for students who take up this course and will help them solve real life job challenges.

Commenting on the partnership, Ishan Gupta, MD India, Udacity, said, “ We are extremely excited to be the first edu-tech company to have launched the self driving nanodegree on a global platform. Our courses on AI, self driving and machine learning are an initiative towards creating a robust workforce for dynamic job roles.”

He added, “According to reports, 10 million self driving cars will be on roads by 2020, which clearly shows that demand by  automakers, startups and technology companies for self driving car engineers is extremely high. As one of the early movers in fueling this revolution, our partnership with MapmyIndia is a sincere effort to accelerate innovation in this ecosystem and  provide a wide spectrum of opportunities for students in India.”

Commenting on the same, Rohan Verma, Executive Director and CTO, MapmyIndia, said “MapmyIndia’s mission is to make the world better through maps and location technologies. We own 80% market share in the automotive maps, navigation, telematics and advanced driving assistance systems space, with 14 car manufacturers and more than 40 car models currently powered by MapmyIndia, and 2000+ enterprise customers who use our GPS solutions to their vehicle fleets. 1.5 years ago we announced our bold initiative to build a map so advanced it can power super-safe self-driving cars using our stack of maps, software and sensors, and we introduced our revolutionary RealView service which captures, recognizes and published the real world in photo-realistic clarity in full 360 degree and 3D. We believe the time is right to take the next step of bringing suitable safety-first self-driving technology to vehicles, road infrastructure and cities in India. We’re excited to support our customers, work closely with the ecosystem, and recruit talented specialists from Udacity’s Self Driving Nanodegree program, who believe in our mission and want to accelerate the positive transformation of the vehicle and transportation industries in India, to make Indian roads safer, and lives of road commuters traffic-free, and the Indian transportation industry highly efficient”

About Udacity-

Udacity’s mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging and highly effective learning to the world. The company, headquartered in Silicon Valley, works with industry leaders including AT&T,Google, Facebook, Salesforce.com and Cloudera to build technology classes that are designed to advance lifelong learning.

For more information, go to https://www.udacity.com

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About MapmyIndia (http://mapmyindia.com, http://eloc.me/mmi000)

MapmyIndia’s mission is to make the world better through maps and location technologies. Founded in 1992, MapmyIndia is India’s leader in premium quality digital map data and APIs, GPS navigation, tracking, location apps, and GIS solutions.

Headquartered in New Delhi with offices across India, MapmyIndia is an ISO 9001-2012 company with 750+ people that pioneered digital mapping in India. Since 1995, through continuous efforts of its 400+ professional field surveyors and state-of-the-art mapping technology, including its revolutionary RealView service which captures, analyses and publishes the world in 3D and 360-degree photo-realistic clarity, MapmyIndia has built its proprietary MapmyIndia Maps, the most comprehensive, accurate, reliable, full-featured, professionally created and continuously updated digital map dataset for all India, which are used for a wide range of applications including Navigation, Telematics, Autonomous Driving, Geographic Information Systems, Location Based Services and Smart Cities.

MapmyIndia makes not just the most advanced, accurate and detailed maps of India, but also the best GPS-based IoT (“Internet of Things”) devices optimised for use in vehicle, asset and personal navigation and tracking, market-leading location-based enterprise SaaS (“Software as a Service”), popular and delightful hyper-local mobile and web consumer apps, including maps.mapmyIndia.com, India’s very first and most detailed, accurate and comprehensive interactive online mapping portal, and NaviMaps, the best offline GPS navigation app for India. To enterprises and developers, MapmyIndia also provides a whole range of Map, LBS, GIS, GPS and Telematics Platforms, APIs, professional services and customized solutions which infuse rich and valuable location intelligence into their own apps, solutions, systems and workflows.