Throughout its existence Twitter has been a source of quick gratification – offering bite-size chunks of information on any topic, as quickly as you can type in a search query. Now, with a local pilot in collaboration with Twitter Australia, we’re turning our @HERE Twitter account into a smart route planner that can offer directions to your destination or suggest a nearby restaurant, ATM, petrol station, or other point of interest.
This Australian-first service allows users to ask @HERE on Twitter for a route or location, and receive a quick reply to most basic navigational questions. The answers, which are enriched with a link to start navigation and an image of the route overview, are a great demonstration of creating interactive, responsive services on Twitter.
To take advantage of our new offering, start your tweet with @HERE, ask for ETA to destination or restaurants near me and add #AskHERE at the end of your Tweet. Please make sure to have share precise location on!
Just as you would ask friends for recommendations, @HERE will give you a suggestion with detailed directions to a nearby restaurant based on your geo-tagged tweet. Turn-by-turn directions are one tap away!
An automated system built by Australian software company @proxima_io connects tweets by their geo-tagged location to HERE APIs to ask for a route or a place suggestion.
Iris, Proxima’s natural language processing engine, reads the tweet to understand what you are asking. It then queries the HERE Routing API or Places API in a way that’s similar to how HERE WeGo delivers navigation services.
We’re excited to reveal to people on Twitter the millions of points of interest available through HERE mapping APIs.Sebastian Pedavoli@proxima_ioCo-founder of Proxima
Tweet at @HERE to try it out for yourself. Because this is a pilot, we’re relying on your feedback to refine and extend this feature, so please let us know what you think on Twitter.