On Mar 22, Google announced that users of Google Maps can share their trips and real-time location with friends when on the way. Then on Mar 27, Facebook announced that users of Facebook Messenger can share their live location with friends to make meeting up easier and safer. The news from Google and Facebook comes hot on the heels of the Feb 3 news story that Whatsapp has been testing real-time location sharing. Apple has had Find My Friends app packaged into iOS 9 and later since September 2015 so iPhone users can share live location with their friends.
Here at HyperTrack we value working with our customers to implement our plug-and-play location stack into their existing applications and workflows. It is also very fulfilling when we can come alongside them to experience firsthand their challenges and work together to create solutions. OkHI is one of those companies.
With OkHi their mission is to enable the 4 billion people in the world that don’t have a physical address to be included in the same services enjoyed by the rest of the world. Their solution gives them an “OkHI address”, complete with a GPS tag and photo of the house’s gate.
HyperTrack allows for building location features into your application without needing to worry about all of the headache of managing that infrastructure. This frees up your developers to do what they do best – developing awesome solutions for your customers.
Our friends at Hotline, a FreshDesk product, have a leading in-app chat platform currently in use by many consumer apps like Zomato, Swiggy, HolaChef, and more. These apps use Hotline to provide seamless customer support experiences. One of the challenges that their customers were feeling was that their customer support teams were getting consistent queries like “where is my order?” or “when will the driver reach my place?” which would leave the support agent scrambling to provide timely answers.
Replaying an action is one of the more popular use cases HyperTrack developers have. It unlocks a new dimension (literally) of visibility that static polylines and markers fail to provide. Continue reading
This is a guest post by Saurabh Jain, Tech Lead at CarDekho, India’s leading car search venture that helps users buy cars and bikes that are right for them.
We have built multiple apps at CarDekho and building many more. For example:
- A roadside assistance app (RSA) for consumers to request 24/7 emergency services in the event of a flat tire, dead battery, key loss/locked, out of fuel, etc. There is an accompanying RSA partner app for registered service providers to manage service requests.
- Owner Drive Experience app for Ford owners to provide candid drive experience to prospective buyers.
- Private label apps for automobile manufacturers like Mahindra and Ford to manage test drives and service appointments.
Here’s the question I love to ask product managers and software developers,”How do you want to use location in your product?”
While the realm of possibilities and imagination never ceases to amaze, there are two clear themes that emerge from their answers:
- I am not using location as effectively as I want to
- I want to use location more but I don’t know how
HyperTrack is the easiest way to build dynamic location features. Until yesterday, it required you to know exactly how you wanted to use location before you started using it. Today, that changes with HyperTrack v3!
When developers set out to add dynamic location features to their application, they end up having to build a stack on the device, cloud, and maps in order for the features to see the light of day. At HyperTrack we think it makes no sense for hundreds of thousands of us to do the same thing over and over again. Instead we are raising our hands and saying, “We got this!” You focus on building your core features, and let us focus on building and maintaining this infrastructure and making it available through a few lines of code per feature.