Microsoft has its own map service called Bing Maps, Apple own is called Apple Maps, Google own is called Google Maps and now, Huawei has decided to reduce its dependence on Google services after the conflict with the United States by introducing its own Maps service called Map kit.
Meanwhile, Google Maps is more popular than them all because it’s available on the largest numbers of devices and platforms. Nevertheless, the Huawei’s Mapkit will not be available directly for use by users but is designed for developers to build apps that leverage their map capabilities.
The Mapkit will cover 150 countries and regions and will be available in 40 languages, and the service will be developed in collaboration with Yandex of Russia and the US travel website, Booking Holdings which will connect to local mapping services.
According to the president of cloud services at Huawei Consumer Business Group, Zhang Pigan, Mapkit will have support for Augmented reality mapping and will also provide real-time traffic conditions. An advanced navigation system that can recognize when a car changes lanes.
At the company’s developers conference last week, Huawei mentioned Mapkit. It’s one of its planned Huawei mobile services that will launch along with Scan kit, Drive kit, Location kit and Site kit.