Google Mapping: Google Maps Clever Little-Known Features And Some Smart Tips

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Who has never used Google Maps? It’s one of the most useful apps, and users love it because it’s simple and allows you to orient yourself with maps, routes, distances, and travel itineraries. Real-Time GPS Location is the real first-class point of the app: using it as a navigator by car, bicycle, or on foot, the voice can indicate where to go exactly, with meager error rates.

The mobile app launched on December 12, 2012. For eight years, Google Maps and its more sophisticated version of Google Earth has become our ultimate Atlas. They allow us to know distances and routes and also to make real virtual trips, sitting in an armchair, thanks to the 360 ​​° photo of Google Street View. Yet even though we use them often and willingly, they could still reserve some secrets and hidden jems.

They Allow Us To Navigate The Streets Like In A 3D Film 

Strange, but true: using Google Street View from the old version of Google Maps and clicking with the right button on the map, there is the possibility to see some places, including Rome, in 3D accessible with a couple of ordinary three-dimensional glasses.

Not just roads: but also famous buildings, shops, basements, and museums (thanks to the Google Art Project): Google Street View allows you to navigate the interiors of buildings and historic buildings at 360°, even going up slowly, as in the case of the Eiffel Tower. If you want to have your customers walk around your offices, you can put them on Street View thanks to Google Business Photos.

With Google Earth, you can Fly

 Google’s remote sensing software includes a flight simulator to be able to view the Earth from a unique perspective. Just select Access the flight simulator from the Tools menu and choose the plane to fly and the starting point.

Show Traffic Jams

By clicking on traffic, we have the opportunity to see how the main roads of many cities in the world are placed, through the use of colors: from green (flowing traffic) to red (slow traffic).

Maps Are Full Of Places Inaccessible Due To Censorship (Not Only In North Korea)

That’s right: in some places, the satellite image of the maps is deliberately blurred. It happens, for example, in the surroundings of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Holland, or the Siberian tundra, in conjunction with a military place. But the appeal is mainly lacking energy plants, airports, and of course, NATO military headquarters.

Street View is not Available Everywhere

Europe, the USA, Australia, and parts of Brazil are “covered”. Almost all of Africa, Asia, and entire regions of South America are missing, including much of Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. Do you want to know where the coverage of the planet is? Or find out if these days Google’s car is in your area? 

Maps can also be Consulted Offline on Android Smartphones (and IOS, too)

There is a function of Android smartphones that allows you to download some maps so that you can use them when the phone cannot access the internet. With the iPhone instead, open a map, navigate inside it and use the zoom to make the iPhone keep it in its cache memory and you can utilize it even when the internet connection is absent.

We Can Contribute To Maps, Just Like With Wikipedia

Thanks to the Map Maker function, you can add places, streets, shops, points of interest to the maps, and also examine the changes made by other users. 

Moon and Mars

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Both through Google Earth and in part with Google Maps, we can take a stroll on the Moon and see where the various space missions landed, and read its history (in English). And the same can be done abouMars.

Soon They Will Also Allow Us To Observe Air Routes And Monitor Trains

 In the USA, on an experimental basis, it is already possible to receive directions by plane as well as by car, bicycle, or foot. The service will also soon become widespread in Europe. Meanwhile, some local companies already use maps to show the route of trains and buses. 

Share your Location in Real-Time

For those moments when you are driving, and you want your loved ones to know that you are well, Google Maps allows you to share the journey. This function also applies when cycling or walking and shows the destination, the expected arrival time, and the position to those with whom you share information, always in real-time.

While in navigation mode, click on the up arrow in the lower-left corner to display the options menu. There you will find the item “Tell me where you are going”, which in turn will open a new list where you will have to choose the person you want to share your position with. Click on “Share” to start a data transmission that will end when you arrive at your destination or when you stop surfing.

Use Google Maps To Remember Where The Car Was Parked 

Few Google Maps features are simpler than this, which allows you to remember where you parked your car. Open the application and click on the blue circle indicating your position on the map. In the pop-up menu, click on “Save parked car location” and Maps will create a red thumbnail that will show you where you left the car. This way, you will avoid many headaches…

View, Enable, Disable, Or Delete The History Of The Locations Visited

Having the GPS position activated in Google Maps means that the company can always know where you have been, with the risks that this poses for your privacy. To see all the places you’ve visited, open the Google Maps application, view the side map, and enter your history.

Know that it is possible to activate or deactivate the history of the places visited: go to the settings of your mobile phone and select Google> Google Account> Data and personalization> Location history. Once you enter this screen, activate or deactivate the function according to your interests.

If you have chosen not to participate and you want Google to delete all your location data, you can do it from Google Maps. Open the side menu and go to your history, then open the options menu in the upper right corner and select “Settings and privacy”.

In the Location settings section, you will find the “Delete history of all locations” option. Check the box to confirm that you understand what is going to happen and end the process by clicking on “Delete”. Here, Google will erase all the data it has stored with your locations.

Warn About Accidents, Speed Cameras Or Traffic Jams 

The arrival of the radar/speed camera function was accompanied in 2019 by the launch of this desired feature. To report accidents, speed cameras, or traffic jams on Google Maps, go to the navigation mode of the application and click on the “Add” button on the right side.

Here you can add one of these incidents: collision, mobile radar/speed camera, or traffic jam. Select the one you want to report, and the incident will be added to the exact location where you are located.

Activate The Speedometer 

It took some time, but Google has finally introduced the speedometer in version 10.18 of the Maps service. This function shows the driving speed and the limit of the road where you are in the lower-left corner of the screen. It may not work by default, so you need to activate the speedometer.

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