Chances are you using Google Maps for all your navigation needs. Why shouldn't you?
Once upon a time I had to provide my modem to a Comcast representative so that they could disconnect it from my account. I looked up the nearest Comcast location and embarked on a journey. The Google Maps pin was pointing to a non-residential building, so I blindly trusted Google to guide me to the correct location. Upon arriving at the building under a light rain, I was surprised to find out it was actually a public pool/Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) office. I wasn't the first one to get there by mistake, so I was redirected to the end of the road, just a couple blocks away.
Please note that I did not own a car, and no buses were going that route, so a couple of blocks away (half a mile, 800m) turned into a 20 minute walk under what turned to be an umbrella-bending thunderstorm.
Having returned home, I decided to notify Google of the wrong marker location. I sent a request explaining the issue. A few days later I received the notification that my case was closed and no action taken since not enough proof was provided. I tried the second time, but something did not work quite right then either.
Since I started driving, I've missed a number of turns because the map did not match what was on the ground, Google Maps would announce "Arrived" when my destination entrance was concealed by the trees and there was a whole parking lot between us, we've been guided through that Casey Overpass WIP site where left turn is a suicide because you don't see oncoming traffic. I started to care deeply about those things, but I can't influence a corporation to care about a small misplaced road.
So now I fix things myself. And when a number of navigation applications pick these changes up, I can benefit from having an accurate map at my disposal.
So the first application I downloaded related to OpenStreetMap was OsmAnd.
|Name||OsmAnd (free), OsmAnd+ (paid, $6.49)|
|Map update||May 1st, 2016 (monthly)|
|Supports||offline: car, foot, bicycle; online: OSRM, YOURS|
|License||GPLv3, CC-BY-ND-NC, various third-party licenses|
|Permissions||Camera, Location, Microphone, and Storage|
|Outstanding Features||Live(-ish) map update, generate/export GPX, display/follow GPX route, block roads, add OSM POIs and notes.|
- Open Source (mostly GPLv3).
- Adding POIs and Notes from Android device.
- Creating georeferenced photos and audio commentary.
- Writes GPS Tracks.
- Car parking plugin.
- Different detail level for car, foot, and bicycle.
- Frequent map updates, provides tools to generate maps by end-user.
- Extremely visible map redraws and jumpy panning.
- Map rendering is crowded with details.
- You can get lost in configuration menus.
- OSRM (online) turn-by-turn navigation lacks street names.
- Live Map updates (beta) do not change routing patterns.