Traveling in a large city can be stressful. Squeezing into trains and tracking down the bus you have to catch. If you don’t know where you’re going, it can be a rather difficult feat. A company, founded by former Google employees, called Urban Engines has released an app that can help you navigate unfamiliar areas.
The app itself can work without mobile data in some locations – like underground subways. In order for this functionality to work, users can download offline maps while they do have an internet connection. Right now, offline maps are available in ten main cities in North America: Boston, Chicago, LA, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington D.C.
To make getting places easier, Urban Engines does not require addresses. You can simply drag the map around and place the spot you’re trying to get to at the center of your screen. From there, the app will calculate the various routes you can take for your commute.
Perhaps the most impressive feature is the app’s augmented reality capabilities. The developers call this X-Ray Mode. The app superimposes maps, bus and train routes, and more on top of the city viewed through the camera on your phone.
The app is available today so if you think it could be useful for your commute, download it now!
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