Yes you read it right. Amman is finally getting a navigable GPS map. And that’s thanks to Nokia, who will be providing it for free for its Nseries and Eseries devices. I got a private demonstration of the map by Nokia today (see video below). This is the first time it has ever been shown to anyone and its worth noting that the map is still in “beta” as Nokia told me, but we should expect a release by the end of this year.
I was able to check the map out for a few minutes. It certainly covers a large part of Amman. On the western end of the city, I found that it stops at the Medical City road. But that might change with the final release of the map. Proper GPS mapping for Jordan’s highways is also coming.
The really exciting thing is that the map includes loads of “points of interest”. Museums, restaurants, hotels, petrol stations, places of worship, etc are all marked down on this map. I checked the 5th circle area for example, and found the Greater Amman grill, Whispers and Fame in their right places.
The map has all the street names and district names as well.
While the map itself is free, the voice assisted navigation features on Nokia Maps is a paid service. Users get a free one or two week trial to test it. One cool thing is that the assisted voice navigation comes in multiple languages including Arabic.
Check out the video below (excuse the lousy quality)
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