Google Shutting Down Crowdsourced “Map Maker” Editing Tool

Google Shutting Down Crowdsourced “Map Maker” Editing Tool

After eight years or so of offering people the chance to edit Google Maps through a tool called Map Maker, the company says it’s going in a different direction, and will be retiring the standalone project in March 2017. [More]

Google Maps Now Lets Users Order Food Delivery

Google Maps Now Lets Users Order Food Delivery

Last month, Google announced that it would provide users with the ability to hail a ride from services like Uber and Lyft when searching for direction inside Maps. Now, the company is taking that idea and expanding it to food delivery: adding the option for users to order food when searching for restaurants on the Maps app.  [More]

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You Can Now Hail A Ride Straight From Google’s Mobile Search Results

While Google already offers the option of hailing a cab or ride-service pickup from within Google Maps, the company will now let users order up a car straight from Google’s mobile search results. [More]

Google Maps Adding Lyft, Gett To List Of Ride-Hail Options

Google Maps Adding Lyft, Gett To List Of Ride-Hail Options

The next time you ask Google Maps for directions, you’ll find a few more travel options: in Google’s recently-introduced tab dedicated to ride-hailing services, Lyft and Gett fares and time estimates will also be available alongside Uber, depending on where you live. [More]

Guy On Stationary Bike Is Cycling Through The UK In Virtual Reality With Google Street View

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A man in the United Kingdom who wanted to see all the sights his country has to offer didn’t let the real world hold him back when he decided to tour the land by way of virtual reality on his stationary bike. [More]

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Google Maps Directions Could Soon Include Ads For Businesses Nearby

In the future when you’re looking up directions to get somewhere on Google Maps, you could see an ad for a business that happens to be nearby. You know, in case you didn’t realize you probably need to stop for a pizza snack on your way to dinner. [More]

Police Tried To Disguise Surveillance Vehicle As “Google Maps” Truck

Police Tried To Disguise Surveillance Vehicle As “Google Maps” Truck

While Google’s Street View camera cars may have gotten less ridiculous-looking over the years, they are still pretty obvious when they roll down the streets, snapping photos in all directions for later use on Google’s Maps service. So it didn’t take long for savvy folks to sniff out something off about the alleged “Google Maps” truck recently spotted on the streets of Philadelphia. [More]

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You Can Now Add Pit Stops In Google Maps On iOS Devices

Anyone who’s ever been on a road trip know that pit stops are essential: you may need a bathroom break, or emergency beef jerky and a tuna sandwich in a triangular plastic wedge. For anyone who’s ever found themselves getting lost while trying to find a gas station or restaurant on the road, you’ll likely be glad to hear that you can now add those pit stops to your route in Google Maps on iOS devices. [More]

Google Maps Will Give You 1TB Of Free Storage In Exchange For Restaurant Reviews

Google Maps Will Give You 1TB Of Free Storage In Exchange For Restaurant Reviews

What’s a technology company trying to break into the restaurant review game to do when not enough people are willing to submit restaurant reviews? If you’re Google, you give out a bunch of free storage.

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Google Maps Launches Offline Navigation And Search Options

As it was foretold back in May, so it has come to pass: for all those times when you need to know where you’re going but don’t have great Internet service, Google Maps has introduced offline navigation and search.

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Google Maps Restoring Map Maker Editing Feature

Google Maps Restoring Map Maker Editing Feature

After an image of an Android bot urinating on an Apple logo popped up in Google Maps and prompted the company to temporarily shut down Map Maker, which allows users to edit maps, the company says the feature will be reopening in phases.

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Google Maps For iOS Adds Night Mode To Make It Easier To Navigate After Dark

There’s nothing quite like the white glare of your phone’s map app to annoy a driver at nighttime. Which is why Google Maps for iOS will now include a “night mode” with a darker background, making it easier for drivers to navigate in the dark.

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Google Adding Railroad Crossings To Maps In Attempt To Curb Accidents

Due to an uptick recently in accidents at railroad crossings, the Federal Railroad Administration is stepping up efforts to keep drivers aware when their route intersects with the path of trains. The agency just announced a new partnership with Google Maps, that will provide the locations of all grade crossings in the country.

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Google Maps Adding Offline Search And Navigation “Later This Year”

For all those times you’ve glanced around at an unfamiliar intersection, cursing the wireless signal gods for denying your phone service and thus depriving you access to mapping apps, Google says it’s here to help: The company announced today that soon Google Maps will offer offline search and navigation capabilities.

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Google Temporarily Shutting Down Editing In Map Maker After Incident With Urinating Robot

Google Temporarily Shutting Down Editing In Map Maker After Incident With Urinating Robot

After issuing a mea culpa over the image of an Android bot urinating on an Apple logo that popped up in Google Maps a few weeks ago, the company now it’ll be temporarily shutting down editing on Map Maker so it can deal with the problem of abuse.

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Google Apologizes For Android Figure Urinating On Apple Logo In Google Maps

Google Apologizes For Android Figure Urinating On Apple Logo In Google Maps

Unlike The Dude,* it would appear that every time an Android figure is pictured micturating upon an Apple logo, someone does have to be held responsible. In this case, it’s Google, which is apologizing after an image of an Android bot peeing on an Apple logo popped up in Google Maps.

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Woman Who Chased Down Google Street View Car And Flashed It Could Now Be Facing Charges

While there are many people out there applauding the woman who chased down a Google Street View car so she could flash it and expose her chest to the world, thus, crossing that off her bucket list, local authorities in her Australian town aren’t quite so pleased with her public display.

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Birds smudged because my mother reads this. (@chrisjoonior on Twitter)

We at Consumerist would like to take a moment to discuss something really important, flipping off the Google car safely: As seen in a tweet from @chrisjoonior (via @dhinkel), a driver has apparently succeeded in appearing in a Google Maps image after following the Google Car around for 20 minutes, flipping not one, but two birds. One hand on the wheel, people. That’s the least we can ask.