Google Maps now shows you the best time to leave
It’s one thing to know that your next commute might take an hour. But it’s another thing to know when it might take 30 minutes. Travel times aren’t always fixed and they ebb and flow with the rise and setting of the sun, a.k.a. rush hour. To better help give travels an idea of what they’re facing, Google has very … Continue reading...
Google adds salon and spa bookings through Maps and Search
 Look out StyleSeat and other salon booking apps, starting today Google will let people book hair and spa appointments. “So that fresh haircut or palm tree-green mani is only a couple taps away,” a post on Google’s blog tells us. The addition is an expansion through Reserve with Google, which rolled out a feature last year to book wellness and fitness classes right from a… Read More ...
Google Maps now lets users add wheelchair accessibility details for locations
 Back in December, Google finally added accessibility details to Maps. It was a long awaited addition, but an extremely welcome one for the more than three million people in the U.S. who require wheelchair accessibility. As we noted at the time, however, the available information still left a lot to be desired. Maps has currently collected accessibility data for almost seven million places,… Read More ...
Google Maps makes accessibility everyone’s responsibility
Although sometimes required by law in certain jurisdictions, not all establishments have facilities that cater to or at least assist people with disabilities. And that’s not even counting areas that may not be cut out for some disabilities, like long-winding stairs or uneven terrain. Nothing can be more frustrating, not to mention disheartening, than arriving at a place only to … Continue reading...
Apple reportedly turning to freelancers to help improve Maps results
Apple wants to make Maps better -- but it needs your help. The company could soon unveil a program where freelance workers can be compensated for verifying and correcting Apple Maps results. The post Apple reportedly turning to freelancers to help improve Maps results appeared first on Digital Trends.
This is how a self-driving car ‘sees’ the road
 Ever wonder what an autonomous vehicle ‘sees’ via its sensors, on-board computing and sensor fusion system? This video from Civil Maps, the high-definition maps technology company backed by Ford, reveals some of what’s going on when it comes to combining detailed 3D maps with sensor data culled from LiDAR, optical cameras, radar and other on-board vehicle hardware used to… Read More ...
Your crucial travel partner this summer is none other than Google Maps
It's never too early to start planning your summer vacation, and here to lend a helping hand is Google Maps. Not only will the app tell you how to get places, it'll tell you what places you should plan on getting to. The post Your crucial travel partner this summer is none other than Google Maps appeared first on Digital Trends....
Project recreates cities in rich 3D from images harvested online
 People are taking photos and videos all over major cities, all the time, from every angle. Theoretically, with enough of them, you could map every street and building — wait, did I say theoretically? I meant in practice, as the VarCity project has demonstrated with Zurich, Switzerland. Read More ...
Project recreates cities in rich 3D from images harvested online
 People are taking photos and videos all over major cities, all the time, from every angle. Theoretically, with enough of them, you could map every street and building — wait, did I say theoretically? I meant in practice, as the VarCity project has demonstrated with Zurich, Switzerland. Read More ...
Google Maps taps Street View for better turn-by-turn navigation
Google Maps for Android has started pulling images from Street View to offer better guidance for navigation. The images show up during directions, offering more detailed information at potentially tricky turns. The post Google Maps taps Street View for better turn-by-turn navigation appeared first on Digital Trends.
Google Maps for Android now uses Street View for directions
Android users with the Google Maps app installed have received a handy new feature in the last week: when viewing navigation and driving directions, the app will now display Street View imagery, making it even clearer when and where to turn. This has been available for some time now on the web version of Google Maps, but bringing the feature … Continue reading...
Google Maps gaffe sees tiny Norwegian village overrun with confused tourists
Google Maps is great, but sometimes data errors lead users up the wrong path. A small village in Norway, for instance, has recently been getting lots of visits from confused tourists looking for a famous landmark. The post Google Maps gaffe sees tiny Norwegian village overrun with confused tourists appeared first on Digital Trends.
Apple Maps street imagery vans expand to more US areas
For a few years now we’ve heard about Apple deploying vans outfitted with camera equipment around the country to collect street-level imagery. While we’ll have to continue to wait to see if this data will play a part in the company’s autonomous car platform efforts, in the meantime it’s surely going to use by improving Apple’s own Maps service. The … Continue reading...
Best Google Easter eggs
Google is known for playing pranks every year in April, but the fun doesn't stop there. The company has also hidden Easter eggs throughout the web and if you know where to look, you can find them. The post Best Google Easter eggs appeared first on Digital Trends.
Google Maps feature to now help you find your parked car
Google Maps has introduced a new feature that will help you remember where you parked your car in case you forgot. All that Android users have to do is tap the blue dot and then tap “Save your parking” to add their parking location to the map. This will show a label on the map itself identifying where you parked your car. Users can add additional details about their parking spot by tapping the label to open the parking card. They can also save an image of their parking spot and send ...
Misplace your car? A new Google Maps feature in Android will help you find it
In Google Maps' newest beta on Android, you'll be able to tap a little blue dot that represents your car in order to leave yourself a parking reminder. It's an option that Apple Maps has actually had for quite some time. The post Misplace your car? A new Google Maps feature in Android will help you find it appeared first on Digital Trends....
‘Overwatch’ to add three new maps this year, ‘experiments’ in the works
Overwatch currently has three multiplayer maps planned for release in 2017, as well as other "nonstandard" locations. It's unclear if these unique maps will also arrive by the end of the year. The post ‘Overwatch’ to add three new maps this year, ‘experiments’ in the works appeared first on Digital Trends....
Apple Maps gets transit mode for Paris
 Apple is finally adding transit options to its Maps app for the city of Paris. Starting today, you can use Apple Maps to calculate itineraries using public transportation. You’ll find subway, RER and bus lines, and even Transilien lines. Just like in Google Maps, you can look around the map with a new subway layer or you can calculate an itinerary from A to B. If you tap on a station,… Read More ...
Google Maps for iOS gets ‘Timeline’ feature to help you recall everywhere you’ve been
Google Maps' Timeline feature, just released for iOS, lets users retrace their steps across any given time period. But fear not — if you find that a little creepy, you can easily turn it off. The post Google Maps for iOS gets ‘Timeline’ feature to help you recall everywhere you’ve been appeared first on Digital Trends....
Google is about to unveil a ‘brand new’ Google Earth
Google is holding a special event in NY City next week to reveal details of a "brand new experience" with Google Earth. No details are offered, but it looks set to be the biggest update for the virtual globe in years. The post Google is about to unveil a ‘brand new’ Google Earth appeared first on Digital Trends.