Já.is Launches 360° Street Maps In Iceland

Já.is Launches 360° Street Maps In Iceland

Larissa Kyzer

Published November 20, 2013

Iceland’s answer to Google Maps—Já.is 360°—launched this morning Vísir reports. While Google Maps made its way around Iceland this summer, Já.is, which provides phone directory, mapping, and operator assistance in Iceland, also launched its own photo mapping project, taking 360° photos within Reykjavík and also towns around the country. Roughly four million photos were taken for the project.
When asked to compare the photo mapping features offered by Google Maps and Já.is, Telma Eir Aðalsteinsdóttir, Project Manager for Já.is, said the differences are “considerable.”
“I believe that we are delivering a better and more user-friendly product to consumers, and Já’s local knowledge and experience managing a mapping website of Iceland is evident. We also used this opportunity to update the appearance of our map, so our users are getting a new and improved product.”
Telma said that Já.is 360° makes it easier for users to search for specific house numbers and addresses in Iceland, while when used here, Google Street View will often only return search results by street name.
“Já.is also displays pictures from more towns in the countryside than Google Maps,” she continued. “For example, it is possible to search for 360° street photos of Bolungarvík [in the West Fjords], Raufarhöfn [in North East Iceland], Kirkjubæjarklaustur [in the South], and on the Westman Islands, which is not possible with Google.”
Já.is is also in the process of launching its 360° Indoor mapping service, which will allow companies to provide interior photos of their business to the company, so that customers can get a preview of their ambiance and services offered before visiting. (You can see a sample preview of 360° Indoor here.)
To try out Já.is 360° yourself, hop over to ja.is, and type in a local Icelandic address—we suggest you start at Grapevine headquarters—Hafnarstræti 15. No word yet if 360° has, like Google Street View in Iceland, inspired its own Tumblr yet.



News
Multicultural Day Tomorrow!

Multicultural Day Tomorrow!

by

It’s that time again, and now the festival will be held at Harpa Concert Hall. As announced, festivities will begin

News
“We Have An Inherently Flawed System” – Meet The Two Icelanders Who Tried To Stop A Deportation

“We Have An Inherently Flawed System” – Meet The Two Icelanders Who Tried To Stop A Deportation

by

The Grapevine caught up with Ragnheiður Freyja Kristínardóttir and Jórunn Edda Helgadóttir, the Icelanders who were arrested yesterday for trying

News
Iceland Doesn’t Want More Tourists, According To Business Insider

Iceland Doesn’t Want More Tourists, According To Business Insider

by

Business Insider puts Iceland on the list of countries that do not want any more tourists. Stundin reports that Iceland

News
12 Planes Landed At Keflavík Airport In Half An Hour

12 Planes Landed At Keflavík Airport In Half An Hour

by

Keflavík Airport was very crowded this morning because all the planes were landing at once. This is because the planes

News
“This Is About Human Life” – Eze Tells His Story

“This Is About Human Life” – Eze Tells His Story

by

The Grapevine was able to reach Eze Okafor, a Nigerian asylum seeker who had been living in Iceland for four

News
New Laws May Delay Investigation Of Serious Offenses

New Laws May Delay Investigation Of Serious Offenses

by

District Attorney Ólafur Þór Hauksson is concerned that a new bill about the conditions for intercepting phone calls could slow

Show Me More!