According to China Daily, Huawei is on the verge of curating a robust mapping service. China Daily is a notable local media outlet that is gaining traction across the globe. Moreover, the media outlet suggests that the Chinese telecommunication equipment and smartphone maker is curating its very own navigation system. Furthermore, this would challenge the leading the mapping, Google Maps.
However, the software developers in China and across the world can use the navigation system concerning ride-hailing services. By the looks of it, it also utilizes the mapping technology rather than just building one out of the blue. One of the executives of Huawei said to China Daily that the new mapping service has a name, Map Kit.
The developers can use the map kit to give rise to robust street navigation. In addition to this, the developers can also use the kit in their respective apps to provide users with real-time traffic conditions. One of the best features of Huawei’s Map Kit is that it would support Augmented Reality mapping. It is unclear as to what Huawei’s executive means by augmentation. Will the Map Kit challenge the recently released AR walking directions by Google?
The report from Daily China brings in some clues concerning the data of the maps by Huawei. According to the reports, the mapping services will get connected to the local mapping services, which are intertwined with each other. Moreover, Huawei is also going to partner with the Russian internet service, Yandex. The internet service provider would offer maps along with API. The telecom industry’s director-general said that the Yandex said that Huawei incorporates base stations which provide complementing information concerning the data of satellite position.
China Daily also said that Huawei is also going to partner with Booking Holdings. However, there is a point of conflict as Booking Holding currently uses Google Maps to conduct its travel services. There is a highly likely chance that Booking Holding would become a customer of Map Kit and not a data provider like Yandex.
The Chinese tech industry has most of its resources to compete with the leader in navigation, Google Maps. The search engine giant brought the first version of Google Maps to life in the year 2005. Google has been pouring resources to make Google Maps the best navigation system in the world. Back in 2013, Google also bought Waze for around $996 million to make maps a robust navigation app. Neither Apple nor could Nokia overthrow Google when it comes to the cutting-edge navigation system. It will be interesting to see how Huawei would curate the navigation system, which will rival Google Maps.