Komoot has upgraded its maps to a high-definition feature that’s even more ‘user-friendly and detailed’.
Benefits include ‘crisp’ images with more detail enabling the planning and visualisation of routes more easily, ‘smoother’ zoom and consistently high-quality display as users pan across areas of a map, and downloaded map files up to six times smaller, taking up less storage on phones.
The underlying difference between other maps and the HD komoot versions is file type. The current maps are raster files, the new versions are vector files. Raster files save the map as a collection of images, and as users zoom in or pan across, each image is reloaded.
When it comes to vector files, maps are saved as a collection of data points. That means that more information can be stored as the map only loads the data that is needed and in order to add details, instead of creating a whole new image file, one or two relevant data points on the map can be updated.
High definition komoot maps are immediately available on Android devices and komoot.com with iOS currently being rolled-out.
Komoot has also announced that is bringing additional value to its users who track their rides and hikes with Garmin devices. The new app is available for 40 Garmin devices, including all Connect IQ supported EDGE cycling computers (520, 530, 820, 830, 1000, 1030), all watches including Fenix 5 and newer (except Vivoactive 3), the Oregon 7 series and Gpsmap 66.