Adaptive Technology

GoodMaps: Navigating with Explore and Outdoors

GoodMaps develops digital maps for indoor and outdoor use. Founded in 2019 and based in Louisville, KY., American Printing House for the Blind created GoodMaps (previously Access Explorer) with a simple mission: to further the cause of accessible navigation, mainly indoor navigation.

This article will compare some of the most essential features of their Popular GPS apps – GoodMaps Explore and GoodMaps Outdoors. Both apps are free to download and use for Android and iPhone users.

GoodMaps Explore

Explore was developed first primarily for indoor usage through its specialized mapping system. Some of the key features of Explore include:

This app helps you navigate indoor locations. While this form of navigation is still in development, indoor navigation uses geo-referenced images through a camera-based Positioning System to determine a user’s position. GoodMaps Explore can locate where you are in a room within 2-inches to one meter of accuracy. This is a substantial improvement over the accuracy provided by GPS (8-10M outdoors), Bluetooth trilateration (4-5M), and other approaches.

Another advantage to this approach is that venue owners can update and customize their indoor maps, ensuring that point of interest data is always current. You can even virtually go to any location, allowing you to explore the surrounding area without physically being there. This is similar to how a sighted person might use the street view aspects of a mapping program.

Another cool feature of this app is that you can launch Be My Eyes within the app. Be My Eyes is an app that connects a Blind user with a sighted volunteer. Through your phone’s camera and microphone, the volunteer provides access to visual information and additional information when sighted assistance is needed.

Download GoodMaps Explore from the App Store or Google Play Store and try it out.

GoodMaps Outdoors

GoodMaps Outdoors was initially acquired from Aira, previously called Seeing Eye GPS. This outdoor navigation app provides detailed intersection information and turn-by-turn Navigation. Some of the features of Outdoors include:

Outdoors also contains a variety of settings that allow you to customize what items are spoken and how they are displayed. The user can set specific items, such as arrival distance, to provide notifications upon arrival at a destination. For example, options can be selected from fifty to one hundred feet. This may be useful when locating venues not listed on the map, such as kiosks, ATMs, walking paths, etc.

GoodMaps Outdoors also provides various low-vision display settings, such as Black/white, white/black, and yellow/black.

You can download GoodMaps Outdoors from the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Both Explore and Outdoors contain similar items. However, Outdoors focuses on outdoor navigation, such as planning a pedestrian or vehicular route based on a point of interest, street address, or even a wave point, as well as GPS coordinates that the user can create and name. You’ll need to create an account to use Outdoors. GoodMaps automatically saves all the user route information, wave points, and other data to the cloud for ready access.

Contact Enrichment’s adaptive technology trainers for more information or a demonstration of these apps at 531-365-5051.

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