The Precursor iOS application (free, with one in-app choice) from gps supplier Telenav gets a strong upgrade today with the addition of OpenStreetMap (OSM) as the mapping company.

OSM is type of like Wikipedia, a group sourced and vetted gps option that is typically updated a lot faster and a lot more properly than industrial map data sources.

The rollout of the new maps starts today and the majority of individuals will see updated maps before completion of the week.

“As a mapping platform, OSM is a reputable alternative to exclusive remedies, with the added benefit of immediate updates, causing a more accurate and updated map,” said Steve Coastline, ceo of OpenStreetMap and Telenav’s head of OSM. “Roads alter, class are constructed, and highways expand so, much like all other maps, it requires updates on a continuous basis. Today’s launch has actually properly included countless publishers to the OSM international community, taking a breath a lot more life into an already blowing up free and open-sourced job.” Precursor was a US-only gps app, yet with OSM Scout will now be able to contend around the world.

The new street maps include also a lot more to what is already a preferred free navigation remedy. Hunt deals turn-by-turn voice instructions, website traffic reports, the ability to download local maps to cut your information usage, and a Glympse-like feature that allows you show your position and arrival times to buddies.

I took the app out for a spin taking special notification of how OSM did in some new areas in my part of community. The roads were there regardless of the brand-new building, and also showed more specific of little contours than Apple Maps did. One of my preferred aspects of Apple Maps is combination with Siri, however Scout has an attribute where you can mention “Hi, Scout” without even touching your iPhone.

Adhere to that with directions, like “take me to the nearby filling station” or “find the local drug store”, and you’re established. Considering that I never ever need to touch the phone, Precursor is one-up on Siri which needs a button press to trigger.

One point I did see in my location is that Scout is weak in regards to its points of interest (POI) listings. Asking Scout to take me to the closest Ace Hardware store offered me an 11-mile journey, however Apple Maps knew there was a just recently opened store merely 1.1 miles away. Google Maps missed the new equipment store, also. Obviously, the precision of Precursor’s data will depend upon where you live.

Still, Precursor is an outstanding aim for free. Scout additionally supplies Scout Plus, which is an U.S. $ 24.99 yearly membership that includes lane help, traffic signals with rerouting, speed up catch alerts, and speed warnings. It’s a nice package, but I am not crazy about registrations, and I assume the standard Scout package deal is fairly full-featured and dependable.

Including OpenStreetMap is a large step. From my check out it, the maps are quickly as total as Google’s and Apple’s providings and could be updated more frequently since users could mention issues, changes and new construction directly from the app. Telenav states to anticipate monthly updates, all based on customer input that is then vetted.

I have no hesitation in suggesting Precursor to TUAW readers, and including OSM is a genuine good. Scout calls for iOS 7 0r later, and it is enhanced for the iPhone 5.

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