Picture this scenario, which happens to those of us living in Metros quite often.
You receive a wedding invite form your office colleague, to attend her wedding.
You safely preserve the invite and put reminders to yourself so as not to miss it.
On the evening of the wedding you pull out the invite, and check the venue. It says: A C Convention Hall in Vidyaranyapura. You say to yourself, Oh my God, where is that place?
You are already late for the wedding since its 7 PM and going anywhere in Bangalore takes 1 and half hr on the minimum (provided its on the same part of the town in which you are)
What do you do?
You frantically boot the nearest machine and go to Google maps. Search for Vidyaranyapura. Oh gives you the wrong one, the one you want to go is in the eastern part of town, your colleague had said (this one is in the south). Now you search based on the larger area Doddabommasandra … Got it this time … You then increase the zoom and look out for Vidyaranyapura … got it … then you look for the said landmark … Gosh can’t see it. Lost my place, now I am in Jayanagar… You decrease the zoom … come back to Doddabommasandra … increase the zoom … look for Vidyaranyapura .. got it. Now look for the said landmark, got it … Relief.
After about 12 minutes of frantic searching, you are ready to go. But wait, you need to note it down. You don’t want to struggle with you printer, now. So you just tear a piece of paper from the nearby note book and draw out the layout with some landmarks. Now you are all set. Its 7:18 now and you need to rush …
You drive along thinking to yourself, can there be a better way for finding this info out? …
Well guess what, there already is. Our friends at Onze have done a launch of this smart service for finding city directions in Bangalore:
Had you known about it before you went for the wedding, you could have simply done a search like:
Go Vidyaranyapura from Koramangala
(if you happen to live in Koramangla)
And it would have given you the directions from the start to finish in seconds. And with some really good landmarks on the way.
My experience of using it:
I did a couple searches to test it out with even obscure places which I knew, something not-very-popular e.g. Johnson Market. And guess what it gave me excellent directions to that place with some landmarks, which I know are good one over there.
Also to add to the website, there is a SMS option too. You can just send a simple SMS in the form of
GO <destination place> from <starting place>
and it will reply back with the directions.
(The number to send an SMS is there on their website)
Suggest you give LatLong a try. I am sure you will find it quite useful.
And lastly, please give them your invaluable feedback.