According to Google, the most exciting things to look for with the newly updated version include:
- Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories
- Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking
- Transit directions and maps for over 15,000 towns and cities
- Live traffic conditions, incident reports, and automatic rerouting to find the best route
- Detailed information on more than 100 million places
- Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, museums, and more
- Search results appear right on the map with descriptions to help you make choices quickly
- Transit results now display total walking time of your trip and the next scheduled bus or train
- Access Terrain view from the side menu to get a 3D view of the landscape and elevation
Google has now explored land, space, water, and even time. With Google Maps, you can now go back in time to see what popular areas of the world looked like in times dating back to 2007.
Google has also recently further explored building interiors, art projects and destinations, and otherwise unexplored terrain to give users a look at some of the best places on earth. For instance, users can now “explore all nine floors and 450 square meters of painted ceilings and walls of the now-demolished Tour Paris 13 building with Street View.” There are also impressive underwater views and photos using 360-degree panoramic SVII cameras.
Fans can also get in on more of the action by feeling like they are in the seats and taking in the stadiums of the world cup: “With Street View in Google Maps, you can explore the sights and culture of this year’s tournament, from the 12 stadiums to the iconic painted streets, one of Brazil’s tournament traditions.”
The map is now completely interactive and can help you quickly find the best way to get to your destination by comparing multiple modes of transportation at once. The new 3D view is more true to form and offers a comprehensive 3D view. Destinations on the map are also now displayed on the side of the map, rather than obstructing the view of the map.
Pegman, the Google Street View mascot, has also seen some cosmetic improvements. He now dangles and can be dragged around the map, so his limbs and body react, depending on which direction you drag him.
With clearer graphics, a more personalized, interactive experience, and more locations explored around the world, users can now get a more comprehensive view of the world around them and easily find exactly what they want to do and where they want to be.