Apple Maps - Turn by Turn in Europe?

Nikos

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Does anyone know if Apple maps turn by turn navigation works in Europe, specifically Greece? If not, any app recommendations? Thanks!
 
Appears to work. 35 hour drive from London to Athens. :)

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uhhh.... how does it pull off that whole body of water thing? Does it use ferry/swimming directions? (unless I'm being an ignorant American, not knowing about some giant bridge...)

Your whole post may be in gest, but I'll go ahead and ask my next statement at risk of letting the whole joke go past me. But just because it shows the map doesn't necessarily mean it gives turn-by-turn directions in all those countries, right?
 

jafingi

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uhhh.... how does it pull off that whole body of water thing? Does it use ferry/swimming directions? (unless I'm being an ignorant American, not knowing about some giant bridge...)

Your whole post may be in gest, but I'll go ahead and ask my next statement at risk of letting the whole joke go past me. But just because it shows the map doesn't necessarily mean it gives turn-by-turn directions in all those countries, right?
A tunnel ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_Tunnel
 

Furifo

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Guys - I have a question and instead of making a new thread, I thought I'd post it in this relevant one.

I'm planning on using Apple Maps occasionally - a few times a week for short journeys and for a 150 mile journey around once every fortnight.

I live in the UK and I'm on a 1GB data plan and I was wondering how much data the turn-by-turn navigation/maps uses. Does the app pre-download maps when you're at home + connected to wifi or does the app fetch the maps via your data connection as you drive along?

If the map and directions data is fetched as you go along, wouldn't this be a problem for some users? As well as being on a limited data plan, Three's coverage is a bit sketchy on certain parts of the motorway. While it wouldn't be catastrophic if I lost signal on the motorway as the signs are pretty clear anyway, I'd still rather have access to turn-by-turn navigation.

uhhh.... how does it pull off that whole body of water thing? Does it use ferry/swimming directions? (unless I'm being an ignorant American, not knowing about some giant bridge...)

Your whole post may be in gest, but I'll go ahead and ask my next statement at risk of letting the whole joke go past me. But just because it shows the map doesn't necessarily mean it gives turn-by-turn directions in all those countries, right?
As was mentioned before, you can use the Channel Tunnel as well as catching a very frequent ferry service from Dover (England) -> Calais (France) although usually the Tunnel is a bit faster. I'm not entirely sure which method(s) the maps app mentions, though!
 

virginblue4

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Guys - I have a question and instead of making a new thread, I thought I'd post it in this relevant one.

I'm planning on using Apple Maps occasionally - a few times a week for short journeys and for a 150 mile journey around once every fortnight.

I live in the UK and I'm on a 1GB data plan and I was wondering how much data the turn-by-turn navigation/maps uses. Does the app pre-download maps when you're at home + connected to wifi or does the app fetch the maps via your data connection as you drive along?

If the map and directions data is fetched as you go along, wouldn't this be a problem for some users? As well as being on a limited data plan, Three's coverage is a bit sketchy on certain parts of the motorway. While it wouldn't be catastrophic if I lost signal on the motorway as the signs are pretty clear anyway, I'd still rather have access to turn-by-turn navigation.



As was mentioned before, you can use the Channel Tunnel as well as catching a very frequent ferry service from Dover (England) -> Calais (France) although usually the Tunnel is a bit faster. I'm not entirely sure which method(s) the maps app mentions, though!
The route information is cached when you program the route. So if you suddenly lose data connection it will continue speaking directions to you for the remainder of the journey, however, you will lose the map on the screen until you restore the data connection.
 

Furifo

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The route information is cached when you program the route. So if you suddenly lose data connection it will continue speaking directions to you for the remainder of the journey, however, you will lose the map on the screen until you restore the data connection.
Thanks for clearing that up. Also, I'd be really grateful if you could roughly estimate how much data it uses.
 

8a22a

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uhhh.... how does it pull off that whole body of water thing? Does it use ferry/swimming directions? (unless I'm being an ignorant American, not knowing about some giant bridge...)

Your whole post may be in gest, but I'll go ahead and ask my next statement at risk of letting the whole joke go past me. But just because it shows the map doesn't necessarily mean it gives turn-by-turn directions in all those countries, right?
It gave a full list of turns but you can't get a driving view unless you actually drive it. Shame there's no simulation option.

I discovered it only works properly if you plan a route from 'current location'.
 

BlankStar

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Turn-By-Turn works fine in Belgium. My iPhone 4S is set in Dutch (Flemish) and in beta 1/2 the text on screen was Dutch and Siri spoke the directions in English since she's not available in Dutch.
In Beta 3 the voice became a Dutch male and in Beta 4 it became a female voice.
Siri herself is still in English (American).

So I assume they're working on a Dutch Siri and switched it from male to female, which I really like ;-)