Google Maps Navigation Comes to the U.K. and Ireland

Previously U.S.-only, Google Maps Navigation is now available in the U.K. and Ireland on Android phones. Jemima Kiss of the Grauniad’s PDA blog runs it through its paces. This being satellite navigation in Britain, hilarity is predestined to ensue. Here’s a gem:

The voice commands function is unintentionally hilarious. I tried “Navigate: Southover Street Brighton” five times with no success. “Did you mean Davis Street Brighton? Sanford Street Brighton? Esophagus tree Brighton?”) before attempting my best Valley-girl voice and lo — it worked first time. So driving directions might be delivered with English plums, but you’ll have to try and sound American to get your navigation instructions understood. Still, it makes the trip a bit more amusing.

Additional coverage: Engadget, Google Maps Mania, Mapperz.

Previously: Reactions to Google Maps Navigation; Google Maps Navigation: Free Turn-by-Turn Directions for Android Phones.