Google Maps for Android Can Now Direct Cyclists
May 11, 2010, 1:47 PM by Philip Berne
Google today added bicycle directions to its Google Maps for Android. Apparently launched to coincide with National Bike Month this month, the biking directions also adds a bike lane layer to Google Maps, so you can decide to ride on bike-only trails, roads with bike lanes or roads that just allow bikes. Google notes that the biking layer and terrain layer offer an idea of when to expect that killer hill on your bike trip. In addition, Google is also offering a new desktop shortcut for navigation, as well as improved sharing of location and navigation data in apps like Buzz, Facebook and Twitter.
Google Adds Ride-Hailing Estimates to Maps
Google Maps can now tell users how quickly a taxi or Uber might take to get them from Point A to Point B, as well as offer an estimate of fares. When people search for directions from their phone, Maps will display a dedicated tab with info on ride-hailing services, such as Uber.
Google Adds Multi-Stop Directions to Maps
Google gave Google Maps users the ability to plan multi-stop trips. The latest version of Google Maps allows people to add multiple destinations to a single excursion.
Google Maps for iOS Lets You Add Pit Stops
An update to Google Maps for iOS adds useful details about what's located along any given route. Using the refreshed Google Maps, travelers can easily find rest stops, restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations — including gas prices — during their journey.
Google Refreshes Maps to Help Aid Navigation
Google today announced a significant change to the appearance of Google Maps. According to Google, it has updated the look of driving, navigation, and transit maps in a way so ancillary information is more visible, such as gas stations when driving or train stations when riding the rails.