Cloud Computing: Google Maps Update Includes New 3D Features, Help for Road Warriors

By Robert J. Mullins  |  Posted 2012-06-07 Print this article Print
Google Maps Event

Google Maps Event

Google Maps invited a number of journalists to its offices in San Francisco June 6 to see a preview of some new features it's adding in the coming months.
Google hosted a press event June 6 at its offices in San Francisco to unveil several coming new features in Google Maps, its set of Web-based tools to find directions, find businesses, see satellite views of various locations and find your way home. At the event, one Google executive had to deflect questions from reporters about the future of Google Maps on Apple iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, which was reported earlier this week by The Wall Street Journal. Google was more interested in talking about the new features of Google Maps, which will be rolled out in the near future. One of them is 3D Google Earth, the app that shows bird's-eye views of cities, countryside and many other locations. Another is a wearable Google Street View camera that can be mounted on a backpack so someone could walk around taking Street View images in areas that are inaccessible by cars and other vehicles. Google also demonstrated an offline version of Google Maps, which allows people to download mapping information for a city they are visiting before leaving for a trip, save it to their laptop or tablet, and then open it when they get to their destination so they can find their way around even without an Internet connection. This eWEEK slide show features some of the highlights of the new Google Maps additions.
Robert Mullins is a freelance writer for eWEEK who has covered the technology industry in Silicon Valley for more than a decade. He has written for several tech publications including Network Computing, Information Week, Network World and various TechTarget titles. Mullins also served as a correspondent in the San Francisco Bureau of IDG News Service and, before that, covered technology news for the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. Back in his home state of Wisconsin, Robert worked as the news director for NPR stations in Milwaukee and LaCrosse in the 1980s.

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