Map navigation has the truth, Baidu or Autonavi, which is more reliable?


Map navigation has the truth, Baidu or Autonavi, which is more reliable?

  In this era of Internet +, navigation apps have become a must-have software for drivers, and friends who drive frequently rely more on navigation software. Usually, each car owner has his own navigation app, but what are the differences between different navigation software? With the help of a team-building activity, Sohu Automotive Truth Lab colleagues decided to complete a navigation software comparison test. This navigation test uses two mainstream navigation software: Autonavi Map and Baidu Map, hoping that the test can give friends who drive frequently some reference value.

  The team-building activity started from Sohu Media Building, and the destination was Beijing Yulin Tangquan Farm. Our two editors each drove a car, planned the route with two navigation software, Autonavi Map and Baidu Map, and followed the route planned by the two navigation. Not only to see who arrives first, but also to experience the intelligent and humanized navigation during the driving process.

  navigationfunctionComparison: Whether it is comprehensive, fine, and intelligent, whose navigation function is more innovative and intelligent;

  MapdataComparison: whether it is accurate, real-time, and rich, whose positioning is more accurate, and whose route planning is more time-saving, should be changed in a timely manner to reach the destination faster.

  userexperienceComparison: Whether it is professional, easy to use, and entertaining, whose navigation tips are more intuitive, easier to understand, and more user-friendly.

  Route planning varies

  Get on the bus at 13:39 noon. First set the route, and after setting the destination, the two navigators give their own recommended routes:

  Baidu’s recommended route is: Beijing-Tibet Expressway – Beijing Sixth Ring Expressway – Shunsha Road, 39.5 kilometers, 40 minutes

  Autonavi’s recommended route is: Fourth Ring Road – Jingcheng Expressway – North Sixth Ring Road, expected to be 39.4 kilometers and take 44 minutes

  The navigation interface displays information that needs to be more user-friendly

  After everything was ready, we started our journey, and the two cars departed simultaneously at 13:41. At first, both cars were driving on the North Fourth Ring Road, but the two navigation interfaces were different.

  Baidu Maps uses dual-screen navigation, and the interface display is rich in information. There is always a translucent full-process thumbnail in the lower right corner to help car owners understand their location and future road conditions, and display information on key intersections and nodes. The navigation interface of Autonavi Maps also prompts the camera location and vehicle speed limit.

  Alternative routes prompt timely most critical

  When a vehicle using Baidu Maps is driving on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway, an intelligent multi-route prompt appears in the navigation, and the time difference between taking the alternative route can be seen on the interface. Thanks to the dual-screen navigation, drivers can intuitively see the road conditions of the current driving section and the alternative route on the translucent full map, and include real-time road conditions (whether it is congested or not). Autonavi maps adhere to the initial setting of the route.

  Enlarged view of the intersectionClear error avoidance

  Before the road change, both navigators showed a user-friendly enlarged view of the intersection. We took a screenshot of the real enlarged view of the two navigators at the complex intersection for comparison.

  Baidu Map popped up an enlarged view of the real scene 500 meters away from the exit of Beichen West Road. This exit is a double exit, and the arrow indication is very clear. The simulated enlarged map is very fine, and the road signs and corresponding indication information are clear at a glance. Autonavi Map also popped up an enlarged view of the real scene at a distance of 246 meters from Wanghe Bridge. Entering Wanghe Bridge is an uphill intersection, and there are many roads around, and the arrow indication is also very clear.

  In terms of intersection prompts, the prompt time of the two navigation models and the clarity of the real scene enlargement are all well-represented.

  Destination positioning accuracy

  Under the guidance of Baidu’s map, the Baidu team arrived at the destination at 14:22. Before arriving at the destination, a panorama of the destination of Beijing Yulin Tangquan Farm appeared on the navigation interface, showing the destination in real life, which was clearer and more intuitive. The total journey was 39 kilometers and a total of 41 minutes. It was basically the same as the estimated situation. The destination was accurate and the road conditions were smooth.

  There seems to be some deviation in the POI positioning of Autonavi map navigation. At 14:24, the vehicle arrived at the special dish Daguan Garden next to the destination Yulin Tangquan Farm in Beijing.


  We checked the description of the destination location in the two navigation models respectively, and found that the destination location on Baidu map was displayed as within the West District of Xiaotangshan National Agricultural Park, and the destination location on Autonavi map was displayed as Mafang, Xiaotangshan Town.

  After replanning the route, it was found that there was a 6.6-kilometer difference between the special dish Daguan Garden and Beijing Yulin Tangquan Farm.

  After repositioning, the Autonavi team departed from the special dish Daguan Garden and went to the destination Beijing Yulin Tangquan Farm. In the end, the Autonavi team arrived at the correct destination at 14:42, with a total journey of 45.2 kilometers and a total of 61 minutes. The Autonavi team arrived at the destination 20 minutes later than the Baidu team.


  1.POI positioning: Baidu map’s positioning of "Beijing Yulin Tangquan Farm" is accurate, and the navigation is successfully completed; Autonavi map has a small deviation in POI positioning. In the destination location, the specific location of "Beijing Yulin Tangquan Farm" is displayed as "Xiaotangshan Town Mafang", and the real location is "Xiaotangshan National Agricultural Park West Zone".

  2.Route planningThe route planned by Baidu Map did not encounter congestion and the road conditions were good; the route planned by Autonavi Map traveled slowly on the Fourth Ring Road, and adhered to the established route.

  3.navigation interfaceBaidu Maps uses dual-screen navigation, drivers can see the current driving section and remaining routes, and can also understand the real-time road conditions of multiple routes through the route color. At the same time, the top of the navigation page displays "Remaining kilometers, estimated arrival time, current time", which is very intuitive; the navigation interface of Autonavi Maps is clear, and drivers can also understand the current driving section and remaining routes through the main page and the progress bar on the right. However, if you want to know the full route and the specific location of the vehicle in the entire route during the navigation process, you need to touch the screen and manually click the "Full View" button on the page.

  4.destination hint: Before arriving at the destination, Baidu map displays the destination panorama in advance to help the driver determine whether the destination is correct. This function is more user-friendly; Autonavi map does not display the destination panorama, but recommends the parking lot around the destination in advance. What needs to be improved is: when the driver arrives at the destination, the parking lot For You feed surface disappears instead.

  The next afternoon, the team-building activity was over, and the editorial team went back. Due to the failure of an editor’s vehicle, everyone rode in the same car. We took this opportunity to decide to do another test of two bicycles: while driving, we opened the two navigation models of Autonavi map and Baidu map at the same time, to see which of the two navigation functions is more comprehensive and has a better experience in the same route. Considering the convenience of transportation, the return route is Beijing Yulin Tangquan Farm – Sanyuanqiao Phoenix Hui Shopping Center.

  Route planningWhich navigation is more accurate for predicting the number of journeys and time?

  traffic forecastWhich one is faster for real-time traffic updates and which one is better for avoiding congestion?

  Route recommendations in navigationCompare whether the two navigation software recommend a better route based on real-time road conditions during vehicle driving

  Enlarged view of the intersectionCompare the two navigation at the high-speed entrance and exit, the entrance and exit of the main road in the urban area, and other road sections. Which navigation intersection is more intuitive and easy to understand?

  The route plan is the same

  After getting on the bus, open the two navigation software respectively. Take a screenshot of the Autonavi map page at 14:56 pm, and take a screenshot of the Baidu map page at 14:58 pm. The route planning given by the two navigations is basically the same.

  The accuracy of vehicle positioning at the outset

  Usually, the driver starts the vehicle after opening the navigation software, and the positioning of the vehicle by this instant navigation determines the route planning at the beginning. We also compare to see if the two navigation software can accurately locate the front of the vehicle when the vehicle starts.

  At 15 o’clock, the vehicle started, and Autonavi prompted to turn around, but Baidu map did not prompt to turn around. We tried to go straight for a while and found that Autonavi map quickly corrected the navigation prompt and also reminded us to go straight. This shows that Autonavi map has blurred the direction of the front of the car when starting.

  The enlarged picture of the intersection shows the full real picture.

  When the vehicle needs to change lanes, both navigation models present an enlarged view of the intersection in advance. We took an enlarged view of the two navigation models appearing at a complex intersection for comparison.

  At 15:05, before entering Baishan Bridge, the Autonavi map had a real-life simulation enlarged image, but there was no enlarged image on Baidu map at this time.

  At 15:35, when we were about to arrive at the Jingcheng Expressway exit, Baidu Maps presented an enlarged map of the whole real scene 500 meters in advance. We noticed that the enlarged map of the intersection here is a full real scene, which greatly improves the recognition, which is a unique function of Baidu Maps.

  Solutions for sudden road conditions during driving

  During the journey of the vehicle, the original route ahead may experience congestion caused by sudden accidents and increase in traffic flow. At this time, the original route is no longer the best route, and the driver needs to re-plan the driving route. In the face of sudden road conditions, whether the two navigation software can plan new routes in time has important reference value for the driving time of morning and evening peak driving in cities.

  On the way back, at 15:24, Baidu Map predicted congestion ahead. To avoid congestion, the navigation suggested that the driver switch to a faster route, and the intelligent multi-route recommendation function ensured that the driver was always on the fastest road. Considering the time issue, we directly switched to the new route.

  The Autonavi map did not respond at this time, insisting that drivers take the original route of congestion.

  destination accuracy

  Before arriving at the destination, the destination panorama appeared again on Baidu map, which was conducive to the accuracy of the driver’s identification of the destination. Autonavi map showed the parking lot information in advance at 15:47, but the driver’s actual arrival time was 15:50, and the parking lot information was hidden when arriving at the destination.

  At 15:50, the Autonavi map ended the navigation on the outer road of the Fenghuanghui shopping center in advance, while Baidu map led the driver to the main entrance of the Fenghuanghui shopping center before ending the navigation. Judging from the navigation time of the two, the Autonavi map is expected to be 48 minutes, and the actual driving time is 48 minutes. Since we switched to the traffic avoidance route recommended by Baidu map halfway through, the driving time of Autonavi cannot be compared with the estimated time; Baidu map is expected to be 53 minutes, and the actual driving time is 49 minutes. The traffic avoidance route is recommended on the way to help the driver arrive at the destination 4 minutes earlier.

  1. Route planning: When the vehicle encounters congestion during driving, the Autonavi map adheres to the original planned route, and when approaching the destination, the Autonavi map has completed the navigation; Baidu map recommends a new congestion avoidance route after predicting congestion on the original planned route. It is expected to take 52 minutes, and the actual navigation takes 49 minutes. It arrives at the destination in advance, and the navigation ends after the driver arrives at the entrance of the Phoenix Mall.

  2. Avoiding congestion: Both predict congestion in advance, and mark congested sections by color, and can push new congestion avoidance routes based on congestion conditions. Only on the implementation of the new route, there is a certain difference in the reaction speed of the parties.

  3. Enlarged map of intersections: Autonavi maps and Baidu maps have real-life enlarged maps at most main roads and highway entrances and exits, but Baidu maps provide full-life enlarged maps of intersections in some places, making them clearer and easier to identify.

  4. Destination Tips: Autonavi maps recommend parking lots for drivers before arriving at the destination, and Baidu maps present a panorama of the destination before arriving at the destination.

  Although each has its own advantages and disadvantages, from the test results, Baidu Maps is better at destination positioning, avoiding congestion and route planning, especially in unfamiliar unfamiliar road sections, more like an old driver who is well versed in road conditions. Autonavi Maps also has stable and comprehensive comprehensive navigation services, and there is still some room for improvement in humanization. Here, it is also recommended that car owners run in a lot with navigation apps with different "personalities" when traveling by car to find the best partner for self-driving travel.


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