20 Jan

Google Maps: Coming Soon to a Car Near You?

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Google Maps took a big blow last year when Apple switched to its own navigation for iOS 6, removing Google Maps from iPhones all over the world. But in its traditional way of rising to the top, Google found a new way to put itself in front of all smartphone owners. Who needs phone navigation when it's built into the car.

Starting with the 2014 Kia Sorento, Google Maps will feature the turn-by-turn directions expected from navigation systems, but this integration will take it a step further. Kia Sorento owners will also be able to pull up nearby points of interest using Google Places. But Kia owners won't be the only ones able to enjoy Google's in-car navigation. Hyundai recently announced it will provide Google Maps service through "send-to-car," a setting in Google Maps that allows users to send directions to their car's built-in navigation. Imagine conducting a search for a nearby restaurant on your phone, finding one that interests you, and sending the directions to your car--all without ever having to pay attention to what the directions say.

All of this is just one more step in the direction of technology taking over every aspect of our lives, from our homes to our offices to our cars. Apple is currently working with many of the major car makers to integrate Siri technology into cars. Soon we'll be speaking to Siri from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed, with Google Maps likely providing the directions to get us where we need to go throughout the day. The world is looking more and more like 2001: A Space Odyssey with each passing day.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on,, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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