While travelling around in Goa, one definitely needs to have a vehicle. There are scores of beaches, forts, churches, markets, temples, hiking trails and many other attractions for tourists. Spread across a stretch of thousands of kilometers, unless one makes use of a vehicle in the area, months will be required to properly explore and grasp the beauty of the place.
However, having a vehicle is not the end of it. The roads around Goa are very narrow, winding and do not have any signs at all. While India is a populous city, when driving around in Goa, it is difficult to find somebody out on the roads who can help out with directions. Driving around can be confusing and frustrating, not to mention dangerous, with poor infrastructure of roads in a number of areas.
As such, making use of a navigation app can come in really handy. Everybody makes use of smartphones today and there are a number of apps that can help with navigation. Of the many different apps, those apps which are capable of downloading and caching maps for use offline prove to be particularly useful.
India does not have proper cellular data connectivity across a number of rural areas and this proves to be true for Goa as well. As such, while the real time GPS and online navigation maps can work quite well in the larger cities, they fail miserably in road trips. When making use of offline maps, only the GPS of the smartphone is used and navigation is based on the current location based around a pre-downloaded map of the area. Over the years, technology has gotten better and today, the offline maps of Goa are incredibly detailed. Not only do they include all of the landmarks and the attractions in Goa, but they also show the smallest of routes and trails, which can help save a lot of time in commuting.
The best apps that are available in the app stores today offer a number of features and go beyond simple navigation. Some of the features that are common across most navigation applications include voice navigation features, multiple language support, speed limit warnings, detailed 2D and 3D maps, a database of points of interest, lane by lane guidance and many other features. Technology has come a long way to offer utmost driving convenience, even in a developing region, with poor network connectivity and road infrastructure. In fact, the navigation systems prove to be accurate and allow drivers to avoid any chances of being misguided or lost in a new area.
While there may be a number of paid and premium apps available in the market, for the average driver, a free navigation app should suffice. Even the free apps contain more features than what will probably be required on a road trip or a vacation to Goa. Fortunately, offline maps are very detailed and accurate as also is GPS technology very reliable. This allows a location accuracy of about 10 meters, using which navigation will never prove to be a problem.
Sure, with real time updates and with connectivity to the internet, there are even larger possibilities of what can be done with such an app. Drivers will be able to interact with each other and receive live updates regarding traffic conditions. However, this will take some time, with the cellular data connectivity of the region having to improve first. In any case, the future seems to be bright, with a number of companies actively working towards creating better apps for navigation and the penetration of cellular internet getting better all across India.