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