In addition to location sharing notifications, Google Maps gets more detailed cycling route information and nearly 100 aerial views of famous landmarks.
Google has provided cycling trends for more than 12 years now, and the company notes that transit mode has “increased by more than 40% worldwide” in recent months.
The new information will allow you to compare bike paths and get high-level summaries such as “more bike lanes” or “fewer turns”. Google Maps will provide accurate details of each stage of the journey, as well as a high-level summary:
- The Steep Hills section provides a graph, indicating the highest and lowest points
- “Roads” can provide a percentage of marked bike lanes, shared paths, main roads and side roads
- ‘Stairs’ will also be noticed
You’ll also be able to get a very detailed breakdown of the road itself so you can quickly tell what type of road you’ll be riding on – like a major road versus a local street. Gone are the days of accidentally pedaling up a hill or on a road with more car traffic than you’re comfortable with.
Google Maps is rolling out this new route information in the coming weeks for “hundreds of cities where cycling directions are available.”
Meanwhile, Google is currently rolling out realistic aerial views of nearly a hundred famous landmarks. This covers locations in Barcelona, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. Google calls this a precursor to immersive viewing that debuted at I/O 2022. What’s launching today lacks the ability to see the weather, what the place looks like throughout the day, how busy the place is, and indoor views are currently also unavailable.
Let’s say you are planning a trip to New York. With this update, you can get a closer look at what the Empire State Building looks like so you can decide whether or not to add it to your itinerary. To see an aerial view of where it’s available, search for a landmark in Google Maps and head over to the Photos section.
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