The privacy-friendly search engine DuckDuckGo now offers navigation in the maps function. Users can navigate while driving or walking. The service says it stores location data separately from the search
The new navigation feature is available through the search engine’s mobile website. Users could already use a map function there. That worked through Apple Maps, which were loaded through the MapKit JS Framework. Now it’s also possible to use navigation with it
Users can click the Directions button to navigate between two points. By default, DuckDuckGo uses the user’s location data. In doing so, the browser will forward the location, but according to DuckDuckGo it is based on other identifiable data of the user. The data will also be deleted afterwards.
The navigation function itself also includes a roadmap, providing information about distance, travel time, and alternative routes. It is only suitable for driving and walking, and it is not possible to specify locations in between.