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What’s new in Google Maps and Google Street View

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From the Google blog they announce some news on Google Maps, including the one that allows us to click on Pegman to see all the streets in which Google Street View is available, something very useful to be able to view the content before entering the 3D world of Google.

This character, presented on this page, within Google Maps, has that name because it has the same shape as a clothespin (clothes peg in English). Until now it was necessary to drag it to the streets of the map to enter Google Street View, now it has won an update to make navigation easier.

When zooming in on the map we will see blue circles indicating that there are photos uploaded by users, and this time they include the Photo Spheres (360 photos). The yellow circles allow you to see the interior of venues, including London’s Gatwick Airport, the largest place in Europe with Google Street View inside.

For webGL-enabled browsers, such as Chrome, we also have bird’s eye flight available. This feature, Earth Tours, is available wherever the icon shown in the side shot appears. When pressed, a video is played with the aerial view of the selected place, as you can see by visiting Bostono flying through the Swiss Alps.

They also tell us about the new preview step by step:

[…] to see a street-level snapshot of each decision point and know exactly where they are going and what to expect. Just click Preview Steps from the directions card and go forward to see a quick analysis of your trip, including transfers on public transportation.

As you see. Google Maps does not stop, and even less now, that it allows you to integrate with Waze (recently acquired by Google) to show traffic data and road conditions in real time. I do not think it will be long before we have this type of system integrated in car glass …