Yesterday friends in another city sent me a text that they had just won an auction for a new house. Another text sent me the address and moments later I was admiring their house on Google Maps. It looks gorgeous, by the way.
Google Maps has transformed my view of the world. For my Run Spot Run website I use Google Maps to first scout out the area we intend to review, getting a feeling for the location, and how to access the spot. Then I add maps to the review I write so that others can figure out how to get there, look around, orient themselves.
Yes, I’m a fan of Google Maps and Google Earth too, including Street View.
Now Google have plans to extend Street View ‘off-road’:
The project just got underway. So far, only a bike trail in Monterey, Calif., is up and running. Google has cyclists out now in California, Italy and the United Kingdom. The company says to look for hiking and biking images from those locations over the summer — along with shots from U.S. theme parks. Google won’t say which ones.
…Ratner’s trike is a modified three-wheeled bike, like the ones used to take tourists for a spin, with a huge antenna and camera on back. It looks so different from a normal bike that when people see him, they ask, ” ‘Is that a Google robot?’ ” Ratner says.