In addition to transit planning, Google Maps now provides live updating public transit schedules in a few select cities.
Using Google Maps, public phones, and a group of hardened New Yorkers, one art project has created a city full of virtual time machines that can take you 20 years into the past.
When Apple released iOS 6 a few months ago, many users were dismayed to find the Google Maps program replaced by Apple's own admittedly inferior mapping program. Now after a nearly three month wait, iOS 6 users can get their beloved Google Maps back with the just released Google Maps for iPhone app.
We've already seen how Google's Street View has expanded beyond the street to include become something you might call Google train view and Google interior view, but starting today you can also go underwater, dipping into the other 71% of the Earth's surface.
I don't think I'll find much resistance for saying that Google Maps offers the best map interface for any device you happen to be using. Well, if that device is an iPhone, with the next release of iOS you may found yourself using a map app by Apple, not Google. Can Apple offer something better?
You know how Google Maps has always been pretty nifty, but it really was missing a gaming component? Well, Google thinks we think that, thus the company has introduced Google Cube, a game in which you guide a ball through various cities.
Ever use Google Maps to plan a route to your dinner date, then end up twenty minutes late while your thinking-she's-been-stood-up date sadly twirls a swizzle stick around a vodka rocks because you left during rush hour? Oddly specific example aside, that feeling could be over: Google Maps now takes current traffic into account.
Sometimes it's just not enough to see the major landmarks when you travel. In the back of your mind you know there is more out there — stuff that might be more interesting to you than your average bus tour. You want to see the gravesites of scientists, abandoned missile silos, museums of the macabre, observatories and much more.
In this stop-motion animation, a small desk toy travels to the Pacific coast. Director Tom Jenkins used street view stills from Google Maps to create this seamless, beautiful little short. Enjoy.
Google Maps has long been my favorite way to get driving directions, but now they've added a cool new 3D preview feature that lets you take a virtual flight along the route before you hit the road.