Apple Maps Lane Guidance Expands to Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland and Poland

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    Introduced in iOS 11, lane guidance in Apple Maps is designed to let Maps users know which lane they should be in to avoid missing an upcoming turn or exit.

    The lane guidance feature was initially limited to the United States and China when iOS 11 was first released in September, but Apple has been working to expand it to additional countries. Recently, the feature was introduced in Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, and Czech Republic.

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    With the addition of these five countries, lane guidance is available in a total of 19 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the United States.

    The other major iOS 11 Maps feature, which adds speed limit information to the Maps app, remains limited to the United States and the UK at the current time.

    A full list of Apple Maps feature availability by country can be found on Apple's website.

    Article Link: Apple Maps Lane Guidance Expands to Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland and Poland
     
  2. Nicksd84 macrumors 6502

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    Maybe Apple will go back to google data like Siri search results and we’ll all be happier as opposed to these slow data set updates.
     
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    Good! Czech Republic will come in handy for my Europe trip!:)
     
  4. ckhris1613 macrumors member

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    Yeah, good luck with the crappy apple nav
     
  5. FelixDerKater macrumors 68020

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    I didn’t even notice it appear as a new feature after years of Google Maps and Garmin guidance.
     
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    Lane Guidance makes a WORLD of difference when driving our complex roadways! I'm amazed by that technology!
     
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    What do you mean? Never had any issues before
     
  9. GrumpyMom macrumors 603

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    Yes, I’m lucky to live where Apple sent some vans to update their maps. I’ve noticed Apple Maps in my region is quite good and help me navigate some ugly traffic conditions and stupidly designed traffic flow.

    I live in a semi rural area with some ugly broken down backroads and they did a good job charting these areas. I appreciate that. I’m glad to have something good to say about Apple to balance out the criticisms I’ve posted that I feel are legitimate, nonetheless.
     
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    This would be great if Apple maps wasn’t, still ,after all this time, like Siri, almost completely useless.
     
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    Do you have any examples which can be replicated?
    I have no issues with Apple Maps, but would be open to seeing these flaws everyone keeps talking about, i presume they can be replicated since it's so awful...
     
  13. Nevaborn macrumors 65816

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    Last month I had my inbuilt sat nav completely freeze up on me, luckily I had my phone to hand and CarPlay came to the rescue.

    Apple maps have come a long way, the POI is getting better and place locations are more accurate. I could use it as a viable system now.
    The biggest problem is Siri. If anything through IOS the speech recognition and word use have gotten worse, especially with CarPlay.
     
  14. foobarbaz macrumors 6502

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    Apple Maps is still bad at search where I live (Germany). Looking for businesses will miss many, list closed ones, put them in a slightly wrong location or sometimes even take me to the other side of the world.

    But for navigation it's great. Traffic information is even more up to date than Google or the radio. Only recently I spent 30 minutes in a traffic jam because I didn't believe Apple Maps--I thought their information was outdated, as nobody else was reporting it. Now it's the only one I trust.
     
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    I have used Apple maps from Hannover through Berlin into Poland, didnt run into any issues. I guess your mileage will vary.

    Also you mentioned Apple Maps is ‘completely useless’. Since it is a navigation tool, and you just said Navigation is great.. i guess it is not completely useless?
     
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    Each one has it's issue. Apple maps more so than Google. However, I had a recent trip to NYC and used Apple maps exclusively for traveling and navigating the subway. I was pretty blown away by how easy and accurate it was. I never missed a train or had an issue.

    The big thing I do not like about Apple maps is the lack of detail. No building outlines, some of the secondary roads are not accurate and seeing the road names requires me to zoom in on the map. I don't like that. Searching Apple map's can be a bear as well. It just won't find stuff, whereas in Google maps, it finds it instantly.

    The other thing that sucks is when I search for something, it should know I want it LOCAL, not 5 states away! WTF is up with that?
     
  18. foobarbaz macrumors 6502

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    Nope. That wasn't me.

    I just provided some examples since you asked.
     
  19. mrzz macrumors regular

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    exactly, apple maps in general are almost non-existent in Europe. Why would somebody use something worse if you have several better alternatives available for navigation and maps? Apple should stop this experiment and rather invest time and effort into something else (e.g. "real" Macbooks ;)).
     
  20. hagar, Apr 17, 2018 at 9:45 AM
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    Apple Maps is excellent for navigation. Clear interface and directions, rerouting for traffic jams, very good ETA estimations, etc. I like using it!

    However, it sucks at search. Apple doesn’t know the concept of fuzzy search so you need to enter an exact street name or business name, including hyphens. You know, like it’s 1992. And search doesn’t take your location or profile into consideration so it happily sends you to other side of the world.

    As a result both Siri and textual search are barely usable in regions with complex names like Europe. Guess if your streets are called Main Street or, 5th it has no problems but in Europe it’s annoying.
     
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    You have 5 states away. I had results almost 5 continents away.
     
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    Wrong street names spelling in my area that had not been corrected since the introduction of Apple Maps. I have written countless times and still no update. Wrong routes for bikes in my area with no way to contact Apple. Just two examples. When people wanna see me at my place for the first time I ask them not to use Apple Maps since it shows a different address.
     
  23. hagar macrumors 6502a

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    My experience is that if you use "report an issue" in Apple Maps for a POI issue, they'll address the issue within 48 hours and even send you a notification. But if you report a street-related issue, it never gets fixed. My guess is that Apple simply forwards these reports to TomTom who provides the maps. And apparently they don't care. When roads change, it takes 12-18 months in my country (Belgium) before it's reflected in the maps.
     
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    Bingo, same for France. Meantime Waze will have it right within weeks. How do Waze folks mange, I wonder? Ok, they are with Google now, but they were having way more accurate data compared to Maps before the acquisition too.
     

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