It looks like Google is pushing its muscles into yet another space if rumors are true. The Internet search giant will be leveraging its maps-based solution found in Google Maps with voice guidance. Rather than licensing maps from Navteq or Tele-Atlas, Google already has much of the US mapped out and would only need to provide some voice to the navigation system. If everything pans out, we may see voice guided, turn-by-turn spoken navigation instructions on future Android updates. What’s the catch? It’s Google so you may have to subject yourself to some Google ads to fund the project.
So far, industry reaction to Google entering the GPS navigation market hasn’t been as positive, with TeleNav and Networks in Motion stating that consumers will opt to pay a bit more for quality, reliable navigation solutions.
For its part, Google has yet to comment on its roadmap, but has stated that consumers have been requesting that voice navigation be added as a feature to Google maps. Google’s mapping solution, in its current form, is available on a number of platforms, including Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and the iPhone. Hopefully, if and when Google launches its turn-by-turn solution, it will continue to deliver the same multi-platform support.