If you haven’t seen an illustrated map, it is totally different from traditional maps that you fold and keep in your pocket. The maps created by illustrative 2-Dimensional Maps service are more like pieces of art than navigational tools. They are drawn by hand but 100% digital.
Another type of map is Google Maps that are simpler to use than navigation maps. Just open the app and you will know where you are on the map. The app also allows you to browse your surroundings, search for specific places like bars or restaurants and plot a course towards the next destination.
If you are unfamiliar with 2D maps, Google Maps has a feature that allows you to explore the map from the lens of a mobile phone. You get to see the world around you using the directions that will show up on the screen in the augmented reality (AR) version of Maps. The feature will allow you to navigate the surroundings in a way that makes more sense than looking at a 2D map.
While it is very easy to use Google Maps, it is only as good as the GPS signal. There are a lot of scenarios where the app fails to locate you. Google is aware of the GPS issue that appears in dense urban environments that is why it provided a solution called Live View Calibration.
A tiny blue dot that appears on the map means your location. It always shows your orientation or which way is front. The orientation is more accurate if the beam is narrower. However, the blue dot can malfunction if GPs signal cannot reach the mobile phone properly. You can opt to calibrate Maps by rotating the phone in a figure 8 pattern. Another solution is Live View that will tell Google Maps where you are if GPS is not accurate.
The 2D illustrated maps do not make use of GPS technology. A fully illustrated 2D or 3D map is created by illustrative 2-Dimensional Maps service from the pieces of information that the client provides. For example, high quality images of landmarks and buildings will make the illustrated map more interactive.