11 Mar 2016

GPS navigation enabled in emerging travel destinations

With more than 125 million unique users, Sygic now allows GPS navigation in 206 UN countries - growing its global reach as travelers increasingly opt for new and obscure travel spots. Adding 88 new maps to its portfolio, it has effectively doubled its coverage worldwide - including popular travel locations in Latin America, Asia and Africa. The GPS Navigation system is now available to users in every UN recognized state, furthering its mission to guide every single person in the world.

Adding new countries such as China and Japan to its map inventory now means that Sygic has a truly global offering, providing advanced navigation solutions for over 125 million unique users worldwide.

The GPS maps are available offline, directing drivers and pedestrians through new locations, managed directly through the user’s smartphone without the need for internet or cell phone connection. Online live services connect users with current traffic information and speed camera locations.

Sygic’s GPS navigation maps provide:

  • Voice guided navigation, with turn-by-turn instructions

  • Speed restrictions information and camera alerts

  • Information regarding key points of interest - even finding the best parking spots

Emerging economies are quickly gaining popularity as lucrative travel destinations for international tourists. The United Nations World Tourism Organization has projected that by 2020 these developing hotspots will surpass advanced economies in the number of international arrivals. Countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia-Pacific are forecasted to host 55% of the market share of international visitors, with expectations of continued growth.

Those opting to travel by car in these new locations need a reliable tool to enable safe travels with relevant information. For these individuals Sygic aims to act as a one-stop-shop, with up-to-date travel information, routes and free map updates.

The combination of offline navigation expertise and online live updates and travel tools prepares drivers in new locations for independent travel, supported by smart technology. Sygic’s continued development reflects growing consumer trends.

“By including these new maps accessible within the Sygic app, we are enabling a new wave in tourist exploration, maximizing safety, convenience and connecting the world,” says Sygic’s founder and CEO Michal Štencl.

Sygic has developed numerous advanced technologies such as the ‘Head-Up Display,’ which projects navigation information onto the windshield of cars and large vehicles. The travel experience is further enhanced with the integration of popular travel tools - such as TripAdvisor, Booking.com and Yelp, letting users browse reviews and recommendation for top tourist destinations and activities.

“From the coastal highway of Latin America, to the open stretches of African landscapes, and the Garden Route - travelers today have a wealth of international opportunities accessible by car. By using Sygic they have the convenience of a personal GPS navigation app, giving them the freedom to get off the beaten track, and out onto the open road,” continued Štencl.

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