Google Maps is one of the most complete platforms that we can find to consult maps of any part of the world. Google maps allow us to draw pictures to use a navigation system that takes us from point A to point B any, and we can even use them to find all kinds of businesses anywhere in the world.
Although Google Maps is the most complete and most used platform in the world, there are many users who are not convinced, either due to the lack of privacy it offers (Google compiles everything we look for in its maps), as for being very limited in the most remote regions that prevent us from using these maps to navigate with comfort.
As we always say, there is life beyond the services of Google, and this time we will show you the best alternatives to Google Maps that we can use to consult maps of our web browser.
The best free alternatives to Google Maps
Obviously, the first alternative to Google Maps that we have to talk about is Bing Maps , the Microsoft maps. Although these maps have never been as popular as those of Google, Microsoft also has a complete navigation system, traffic incidents, list of favorite places, street view and much more.
It is true that the navigation at street level is not as complete as Google’s, and that in many aspects these maps are below their rival. But as an alternative it is, without a doubt, one of the best, and with time it will surely equal it in many aspects.
Another excellent alternative to Google Maps is OpenStreetMap. These maps have been created by a large community of users who are responsible for adding and keeping updated all these maps, along with roads, roads, railways and much more non-profit, all under an open license that allows anyone use the data in exchange for giving recognition to the organization.
Their maps are not as complete as those of Google or Microsoft and also their servers are much slower. However, taking into account that this is a free and non-profit project, it is undoubtedly one of the best alternatives to Google maps to take into account.
Although Waze is currently owned by Google, this platform is used as a social navigation system in which users themselves report radars, accidents or other problems we may encounter during navigation.
As with OpenStreetMap, Waze does not have as complete and detailed information about roads, maps and businesses as Google or Microsoft, but it is essential if we want to know the status of the routes in real time, since its community of users actively collaborates on the platform, which allows us to obtain very useful information to drive safely.
As expected, Apple did not want to be left behind in the map market, and so in 2012 launched its map application. Apple Maps uses TomTom maps as a base, adding information from other platforms, such as Waze or OpenStreetMap, among others. After many technical problems, Apple has finally managed to resemble its map platform to Google, it is even working on a street view for its users, but for now only in the United States.
Unfortunately, Apple Maps does not have a web like the previous ones to be able to navigate, and it is that we can only use it from iOS devices, such as an iPhone or an iPad, or from a Mac computer through its corresponding application.