From driving and walking directions to subway maps – business travelers rely on navigation apps to help guide them through trips. But which apps are best? We asked our frequent travelers which apps they recommend for business trips. Here are our favorites:
Navigate offline worldwide: Here we go
Offline navigation is the big plus point of the free “Here we go” navigation app. Use it online when necessary; turn it off when it’s not. It enables business travelers to navigate easily even abroad, without running up the costs for using mobile phone data. Personal data is protected during offline navigation.
Features include route plans for drivers, pedestrians and bus and train users. But be aware that this will allow the app to access user data.
The evergreen: Google Maps
Google Maps users swear by the accuracy of this free app. In addition to motorist routes, the app can be used by pedestrians and cyclists. Public transport can also be included in route planning, with real-time display of disturbances in some instances. Google Maps gets good marks for route guidance and traffic service in the current navigation test by the German consumer organisation Stiftung Warentest.
A big advantage is the option to use maps offline, which prevents Google from accessing user data. The only drawback is that Google Maps’ extensive functions are only available when Google is allowed to access the data.
Navi app with social community: Waze
Waze is a free GPS-based navigation app for car drivers. Its special feature: It is community based. The Waze community with 100 million users worldwide shares current crowd-sourced traffic information such as traffic jams or accidents in real time. Users leave the app on while driving, allowing it to capture live traffic updates on the map. Volunteer map editors update the maps constantly, allowing Waze to assess the traffic situation and provide route guidance. An integrated audio player allows users to listen to music or podcasts via Waze.
Waze is always online and is therefore continually consuming data and using up your phone’s battery faster than apps with offline functions. According to Stiftung Warentest, Waze accesses both user and device data.
Our solution to simplify business travel: TripSource
While it’s not solely a map app, TripSource® also has maps and directions to help travelers navigate with ease. Available on app or desktop, BCD Travel’s award-winning mobile experience guides business travelers through all aspects of their trip. It shows individual cards with confirmation numbers, phone numbers, addresses, and a map if travelers need directions. They can view hotel type, availability, rate and descriptions on a map with zoom-in function for further details. Additionally, TripSource gives business travelers instant access to trip details, hotel booking, flight notifications, destination risk alerts and itinerary sharing – all while keeping them within company travel policy guidelines.