It is here that Google maps uses technology mediation and intervention, the power of satellite communication, Internet and Big Data Analytics (high volume data / Information processing) to the greatest extent.
Google maps, using the US Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, is a great app that not only advises us the best route to take, it also tells the distance to the destination and the time to the nearest minute in which one can reach the destination.
|One of the most useful and most used Google apps|
I have personally seen many Ola drivers use Google maps for real-time guidance while covering less familiar routes or during peak rush hour traffic conditions in Bangalore. This helps them to take less congested routes and reduce traffic congestion, travel time and finally consume less fuel.
I have personally seen these greatly experienced drivers look for blue coloured "less congested" routes in real time from Google Maps app (an output of powerful real-time data analytics taking inputs from other drivers using the same route), avoiding red coloured "busy" routes, saving them time, waste of fuel due to idling and slow traffic and finally better profits at the end of the day.
On my enquiry with some of these drivers, I was quite surprised to find how these Ola drivers, on an average make a profit of about Rs 2000/- to Rs 2500/- on a normal day, after taking into account the cost of fuel which varies from about Rs 700- to Rs 1000/- a day. For the public in Bangalore, taking an Ola or Uber is cheaper than maintaining own car as we do not have to bother about parking, defensive driving, accidents, traffic violations, fines etc..
As of now Google maps can be downloaded and installed on the smartphone from Google store on the Internet. Some of the smartphones already come with Google maps preloaded. The downloading of maps in areas where Internet access is limited is another boon for Google maps users.
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Reading and experiencing the pace and ways in which technology is interfering in logistics and transportation sector in the world through apps like Google maps, innovative growth could be expected in the way humans reach, gather and collate travel, transportation related information in the coming years ..