Google has announced that its mapping activities in Nigeria have given fruit with over 12,000 additional locations added in a move to make maps and navigation in Africa awesome.
Google adds that its road coverage has increased from 20% in 2008 to 75% in 2012, and the number of towns and villages mapped has grown by 1000 percent.
Google said it had added bank branches, ATMs, POS outlets, eateries, telcos service centres and petrol stations to both its web Google Maps platform and the mobile version on Google Maps for Mobile.
According to Evans Arabu, Program Manager at Google Africa, “Without needing to know the specific street name and number, you can easily get addresses and directions by searching for any of the following companies or services on Google Maps.”
The banks include Access Bank, Diamond Bank, Ecobank, Enterprise Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank, GTBank, Keystone Bank, Mainstreet Bank, Skye Bank, Sterling Bank, UBA, Union Bank and Wema Bank.
Arabu added in the post that the quest to create comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use Google Maps in Africa started about 4 years ago with s basic maps of major roads to detailed maps in many African countries, cities and towns, later involving local domains, driving and walking directions, traffic information, Street View imagery in South Africa and Botswana, and turn by turn GPS navigation in South Africa, Algeria and Tunisia.
“By sourcing information from local businesses, governments, partner providers and of course, our volunteer Map Maker community, our road coverage has increased from 20% in 2008 to 75% in 2012, and the number of towns and villages mapped has grown by 1000 percent,” he said.
Google Maps of Africa has also seen a growing vibrant mapping community, with over 100,000 unique editors helping out with over 2 million changes to Google Maps of Africa.