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Turn by turn directions demoed for Mango

Of all the new features, the one some of us are pretty excited about is turn-by-turn navigation in Bing. It was something that many of us got used to on Windows Mobile, so it's been a struggle in 2010-11 to have it go missing (especially with an EVO available for driving).

While the system is hardly ground-breaking, it looks well implementd here and should greatly help when driving around a new part of town. Check after the break for a video of the Mango emulator in action.

Source: YouTube (SharpGIS) Thanks, Sébastien M, for the snapshot above

 

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ousooner314 says:

I can't wait for Mango! I'm excited about this, and all the other features they demoed. It will be like a whole new WP7 OS!!

vashibhavin says:

The GPS lady is rather rude.

says:

She don't take no dilly-dallying. My kinda gal! Still, I hope they'll sell voices for it. I love, love, LOVE the Spongebob Squarepants voice for my Garmin Nuvi.

evilrobot says:

Tap anywhere to recalculate? I sure hope there's an option to make it auto recalculate.

evolutionqy7 says:

He took a quick detour there :D

mvierling says:

Looks terrible and not any different than we have now. You should not have to scroll through the directions. They should scroll automatically for you.

I do not have a WP7 device, yet, but currently do you have to tap and/or scroll using this program, or does the navigation automatically know where you are?

It automatically knows where you are, or, click the cross hairs and it moves to you

futurix says:

I believe this is a limitation of emulator, not Mango itself.

On the current maps you touch the cross hairs (middle icon) and the map will move without you in the middle. Touch the cross hairs again and the map will keep you in the middle.

meggman says:

This looks like a pretty bare bones version of turn by turn navigation,and I doubt a more robust version will come along until Nokia steps in with their Ovi maps for Windows Phone. The reason for this, is that Bing Maps is powered by Navteq, as Microsoft does not have its own maps. Turn by turn directions is something that Navteq will not give away for free. Nokia, of course, owns Navteq, and this is why they can offer turn by turn on their Ovi Maps at no charge. The fact that you have to manually scroll, and tap to reroute in this demo is because this is probably as close to turn by turn as Microsoft can get without violation their current agreement to use Navteq's data.Look at Google Maps on Android vs. the iOS for example. Google owns all of its own maps, without depending on the likes of Navteq, or TeleAtlas. So they can offer free turn by turn, which they do on the Android platform. Of course, they do not offer this for free on the competing iOS platform, and this is why iOS users are still stuck with having to buy pricey turn by turn solutions in the form of a Garmin app or some other solution.Hopefully the full functions of Ovi Maps will be offered on all devices, Nokia and non-Nokia, including turn by turn directions. I could very well see, however, Nokia withholding this feature in order to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

nashtheflash says:

Hopefully Microsoft will just buy Nokia like is rumored :-)

x I'm tc says:

MS provides full Ovi Maps like navigation (or Google Maps, if you prefer) on WM 6, so whatever licenses they need, they have. I am hoping this is a limitation of the emulator and that the phone version will work like it has on WM: http://pocketnow.com/software-1/video-bing-navigation-in-action.

techieg says:

People are misconceptualizing this video; this is demoed on a PC that has no GPS antenna is in not moving. The only way that you can mimic movement is to click on the routes on the map, this is not what you are expected to do when it is on an actual device and you are moving because the system tracks your movement. Readers just have to think a little.Bing Maps turn-by-turn voice-enabled navigation is perfect on Windows Mobile 6.5 and it is free. I don't see any reason why an even better one cannot come inbuilt on Windows Phone. All comments people have posted here are off point speculations, perhaps mainly because they do not realize that WinMo 6.5 has a great, free Bing Maps implementation, which by the way has options to show route list view or map view as you travel.

techieg says:

People are misconceptualizing this video; this is demoed on a PC that (1) it has no GPS antenna to be able to know your accurate location and (2) the PC the map is on is not moving. So the only way that you can mimic movement on this demo is to click on the routes on the map, this is not what you are expected to do when it is on an actual mobile device which of course has an inbuilt hardware GPS antenna and you will be moving while the system tracks and updates your movements on the map route. Readers just have to think a little.Bing Maps turn-by-turn voice-enabled navigation is perfect on Windows Mobile 6.5 and it is free. I don't see any reason why an even better one cannot come inbuilt on Windows Phone. All comments people have posted here are off point speculations, perhaps mainly because they do not realize that WinMo 6.5 has a great, free Bing Maps implementation, which by the way has options to show route list view or map view as you travel.

dudeman456 says:

@ meggmanIt does all of that automaticly in Bing for Windows Mobile.I sure hope that Bing Navigation is better than their Windows Mobile version. Yes, I know its free, but it has basic problems since day one. I recently tried toggling the "Avoid Tolls" setting, and it was like I told it to preffer tolls. In one instance it told me to head into the next state to go a few blocks down the street. Its been like that since it first came out, check out the CNet review of Bing Navigation.Its also told me to go into street that don't exist, wrong direction on a one way street. I would understant if I live in a small town or a place not well known, but I live in New York City. Then there is how it corrects addresses, I have to use Google Maps to check an address then put the Google Maps result into Bing Navigation.

meggman says:

I haven't used Bing maps on a WinMo device, but if they do have full turn by turn navigation, then Microsoft most definitely is paying to license that feature. So I suppose its possible they will do the same on Windows Phone. But all of the other problems you mention with Bing maps should mostly go away when they switch over to Nokia's maps. I have used Ovi Maps turn by turn in the US and several other countries. It is absolutely excellent 98% of the time. Where it lacks is in Point of Interest search, but if Nokia and Bing maps combine their POI's, this problem should be greatly reduced.