AWS announced a preview of Amazon location today.This is a new service for developers who want to add location capabilities to their web and mobile applications. Based on the map data provided by ESRI and here technologies, the service provides most of the map functions including location tracking and geofencing. However, the service does not provide navigation.
"We want to make it easier and more cost-effective to add maps, location awareness, and other location-based features to your web and mobile applications," AWS's Jeff Barr wrote in today's announcement
At the heart of Amazon location is the ability to create maps based on the data and styles provided by its partners (and more partners are working on it), as well as access to its points of interest. These are obviously the two core functions of any map service. In addition, location provides built-in support for trackers so that applications can receive location updates from devices and map them. This feature can also be linked to location's geofencing tool, which will alert the app when the device (or dog) leaves a specific area.
It may not be as comprehensive as Google maps, but AWS promises that location will be more affordable, with pricing plans (and a three-month free trial), with prices starting at $0.04 to retrieve 1000 map tiles.