Scout GPS Navigation app switches to crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap, goes global
Jun 2, 2014 9:45 AM –
A while back we video reviewed Scout, a personalized GPS Navigation app, and pointed out some of it’s pros & cons in comparison to defacto Google Maps for Android. Telenav, the maker of the app, has upped the ante in the competitive mapping space by switching all their navigation platforms; Android, iOS and web to crowd-sourced maps powered by OpenStreetMap. Why is this a big deal? OSM, the “Wikipedia of Maps,” offers users a more accurate and up-to-date map than what is available via commercial maps. This also opens up global maps for existing customers.
Commercial maps on average are updated every quarter while OSM maps are available for update literally every minute as users can go in and change the map. The OSM community has reportedly more than 1.6 million registered editors adding to the world map. The level of detail in the map is uncanny; allowing for off-roads, new roads under construction, pathways & trails, even trees, and a lot more.
The update will roll out automatically to Scout users (no update required)… we’re told by end of day users will notice maps powered by OpenStreetMap in the bottom right. Only those who desire attention to details will notice richer mapping data at the moment. If you’re curious about the level of detail in OSM maps go visit the website… and if you feel inclined add to or correct the map! Download Scout for Android by tapping the big green button above!