Most navigation applications give you directions based on the streets or space. However, that is not really how humans provide instructions, they’ll normally point to landmarks which are easier to place than a street sign that is very small. And apparently Google knows this. Consumers are reporting that Google Maps has begun offering directions based on landmarks that are neighborhood. Rather than twist right at Main Street, it will tell you to turn right after Burger King. It isn’t certain just what factors of curiosity Google will use for instructions, the regional accessibility or the scale of the debut.
We have asked Google if it could shed some light on the situation. If this is more than a little scale test, however, it might take a good deal of the strain out of driving through a unknown city. Highlighting landmarks is one method that is in testing to make advice better, but there is no word on when/if it might roll out broadly.