Google’s Pegman is making a triumphant return to Google Maps, and he is bringing with him some nice new improvements to the new Google Maps preview, which was introduced back in May. The invite-only restrictions were lifted in July, and now we are starting to see the improvements gradually working their way in.
StreetView is becoming much more prominent, thanks to Pegman. Simply click on him in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, and any StreetView areas will show up in blue. Just hover your mouse over the location, then click to zoom down to street level. As you zoom in, you will also be informed if there are user-uploaded photos, including so-called “Photo-Spheres“. These are 360° panorama pictures. One good example is here.
But what is really interesting is that Google Maps and Google Earth are becoming more and more intertwined, to the point of becoming indistinguishable from one another. When you are on your globe-trotting tours on Google Maps, you can also go on “Earth-tours”, wherever you see the Google Earth logo on images at the bottom of the screen. To give you an example, have you ever wanted to fly over the Alps? Well, lucky you, now you can.
Finally, Google Maps’ “Directions” feature (which is very useful in a tight spot on the road) is being improved, with step-by-step previews of where you need to go, along with StreetView photos to help guide you into making the right turn.
Check it out, and let us know in the comments what you think of the changes. Are changes like these going to make competitors such as Apple Maps lag behind?
Source: Google Lat Long