Little known fact – there are alternatives to Google Maps


When developers need to add maps or geospatial functions to their web or mobile applications, the first instinct might be to turn to Google to provide these functions. Google’s seemingly flexible terms, pricing, ease of integration make this seem like the obvious choice.

But as Google’s interests expand into automotive, travel, ride-sharing and other lines of business, companies that rely on Google Maps are finding that Google’s terms and conditions begin to limit what they can do with their technology. Google is in the advertising business. That can create conflicts when another company starts to use Google Maps. Maps are the canvas that Google uses to promote sponsored local listings. Have you ever wondered why 7-Eleven shows up on a map when you search for “gas”? It has more to do with their advertising spend than with customer convenience.

For over 15 years, Silicon Valley based deCarta, Inc. has offered…

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