Karta GPS is an application available for free and pairs open-source map data from OpenStreetMap alongside content from Yelp and Foursquare. The application does not require connection to the Internet and uses a GPS satellite connection to determine its location. Karta GPS provides traffic info from INRIX to plot the best route available based on real-time traffic information.

Category: Digital journey planning services/platforms

Developer: NDrive

Main function: Digital journey planning service/platform

What is the main sub-function of the service/product: Navigation and Trip planning

Target group(s): General public/other

Countries/cities of operation: More than 50 countries worldwide

Technologies needed to use the service:

  • Smartphone or tablet (without internet connection)
  • GPS satellite connection

Is there a non-digital way to use this service or product? No

Why is this a good example?

Reason(s) Available to use for free and does not require internet connection
More details Karta GPS can navigate offline and all maps can be downloaded for free. No internet is required for searching, route calculation or turn-by-turn instructions. This can be very handy for people who cannot afford to always have mobile data on their phone and for people driving through remote areas where the mobile internet connection is unstable. However, internet is required for installing the app.
Tags Cost, Specific user groups- People with low income; Caters for low technology users

Reason(s) One-box search makes it easy-to-use
More details The one-box search supports partial names, initials and can search everything: points of interest, street names, crossing streets, GPS coordinates and address points. People who are not digital natives could benefit from this interface making it easier for them to navigate through the app.
Tags Usability-Simplicity

Reason(s) Accessibility via voice navigation
More details The app offers full voice guidance with spoken street names. This could be particularly useful for people with visual impairments and people experiencing difficulties reading. It also enables hands free use which is valuable when driving or using a manual wheelchair. Users are also offered the opportunity to choose the specific voice that will be guiding them on their trip. The app has a voice search function as well supporting users who are unable to type in the one-box search bar.
Tags Accessibility

Reason(s) Available in 26 languages
More details The app is available in English, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Vietnamese. This supports usage of the app by migrants who need navigation in a foreign country and are unfamiliar with the local context and language.
Tags International aspects, Specific user groups-Migrants

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Categories: Digital journey planning services/platforms
Tags: Accessibility, Caters for low technology users, Cost, International Aspects, Specific user groups, Usability