Friday, August 31, 2012
We’re always working to make Google Maps even more comprehensive, accurate and useful. This month, we’ve crisscrossed the globe gathering more imagery, expanding features and growing our Map Maker community. In case you missed it, here are a few Google Maps highlights from August:
Explore amazing places with new Street View imagery
We recently released Street View imagery for more places around the world, making Google Maps even more comprehensive, including:
- 6,000 panoramic views in and around NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, enabling space enthusiasts around the world to walk in the footsteps of astronauts.
- More than 70 cities in Brazil and 30 Mesoamerican archaeological sites in Mexico.
- Stay tuned for imagery from Cambridge Bay, a tiny hamlet in Canada’s Arctic, where the Street View team is collecting imagery with the trike.
Get around more easily with the help of Google Maps
With enhanced directions, transit information and traffic data, Google Maps can help you get where you want to go more quickly.
- We added turn-by-turn, voice-guided biking navigation to Google Maps Navigation (Beta) in 12 countries--more than 330,000 miles of biking directions are now available.
- For those of you taking public transportation, Google Maps now has public transportation schedules for more than one million transit stops worldwide in nearly 500 cities, including New York, London, Tokyo and Sydney.
- To make it easier for you to travel by car, we launched real-time traffic conditions for more than 130 cities in the U.S., plus the capital cities of Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama.
Contribute your local knowledge to Google Maps
Volunteer mappers can improve the accuracy and detail of the maps of their countries.
- Our community mapping tool, Google Map Maker, became available in Ukraine and Poland, joining more than 200 other countries and regions where Map Maker is already available.
Posted by Brian McClendon, VP Google Maps and Earth