What is it?
MAPS.ME is one of the world's most popular navigation apps, and claims up to 70 million users worldwide. All maps and features are free, and its detailed algorithm pulls in maps from all over the world using the OpenStreetMap open-source mapping system. No internet is required to connect so you can save on data, and as well as getting you from A to B there are countless points of interest cited within it so you can get some suggestions for exploring next time you visit somewhere new by bike.
How can it help me?
If you tell the app you're cycling or walking/running on your journey, it will even let you know if your route has hills on it so you can choose a flatter route, which could be useful if you're after a more leisurely jaunt. You can save locations and share them, and there are also a whole host of third parties MAPS.ME are partnered with so you can book hotels, search for restaurants and ATM's and share your location via text or social media all within the app. For the hotel booking function, MAPS.ME have booking.com integrated into the app.
What makes it unique?
A new function is the intermediate point in route option, which lets you navigate to stop points on the way to a further destination which is a pretty cool and unique feature.
Where can I get it?
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.