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Navigation aid for Manila residents

Manila, Philippines

The Asiatype Group of Companies, publisher of folded maps, introduced its first locally made GPS portable navigation device, which it calls the Vector V100.

Increasing urbanisation, with hundreds or even thousands of new establishments and buildings having sprung up over the last few years alone, is making navigation through the city of Manila more and more difficult. Relying on strangers on the street for directions may no longer do the trick. Even good old maps can no longer keep up with the times.

Created to provide assistance to motorists, the Vector V100 employs electronic maps, route plotting and rerouting and turn-by-turn voice directions. It also features 38,000 points of interest (POIs), so one can easily search through a number of categories, from restaurants, hospitals, tourist sites, schools, malls and even utility shops.

So far, Asiatype already has a complete street-level coverage of Metro Manila, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Pampanga, Baguio, Bulacan, Cebu, Bacolod, Tarlac, Rizal, Subic and Olongapo. It hopes to complete the coverage of the entire Philippines over the next few months.

Source: Inquirer