Google Maps Helps Track Snowstorm Nemo, and More Weekend Maps Fun

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-02-10 Print this article Print

Forget the Snow and Check Out Some Auto-Racing Tracks

If snow and hiking aren't your ideas of fun, then check out some of the cool maps available of some 183 specialized automobile racing tracks in 36 countries around the world. Created by GP Circuits, the maps offer aerial views and a cool feature that lets the viewer switch to a "3-D Fly-Through" that puts you in a virtual driver's seat as you "drive" the course on the map. There are even details and still photos of many of the tracks, which range in size from small regional tracks such as the 1.95-mile-long Blackhawk Farms course in southern Wisconsin to the famous Daytona International Speedway in Florida. This is a "must-view" map site for car, truck and motorcycle racing fans around the globe.

Play Virtual Games in the Streets of London, Paris and Milan

Shoe company Converse and sports shoe retailer Foot Locker have begun offering a free game app, Street Ready, that runs the Google Maps API and takes participants on fun walks in London, Paris and Milan to capture game "tokens" and earn small prizes. The simple and amusing game allows participants to move around the locations one by one. The goal is to navigate around each city to reach on-screen "markers," which then transform into shoe icons," according to a Feb. 6 post by Mano Marks of the Maps Developer Relations Team on the Google Geo Developers Blog. As players collect the needed tokens, they can complete the levels and move on to the next city for another round of the game. Some of the icons turn into a pair of headphones, which allow the player to download song files as prizes. Other prizes are also available.


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