Maps with friends: CityMaps’ iOS app adds social, personalization to navigation


Launched a year ago in just five cities, CityMaps has gone global. The company has released an updated social mapping and navigation app that can be used anywhere in the world. The team behind it says its goal was to build a more social and personal mapping app for iOS than what Apple and Google have mustered so far.

CityMaps is free to download and has more than 15 million mapped locations so far. While it has mapping data (from a partner it won’t disclose) and navigation, the primary purpose of the maps are to create personal maps that can be shared and edited with friends. In other words, it’s more about mapmaking, as CityMaps co-founder and President Aaron Rudenstine told me in an interview last week.

CityMaps bird's eyeIn CityMaps, the user gets a bird’s-eye view that can be zoomed in and out as necessary, and instead of simple labeling of…

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