Google Maps for desktop brings back Pegman, adds Waze traffic reports

By on November 7, 2013, 6:45 PM

Google has announced a major update to Google Maps for desktop. The update adds new features like step-by-step preview, earth tours and real time traffic incident reports. Let's take on each feature individually.

Street View has always been a great way to select and preview destinations. The latest update makes it easier to find which areas on the map have this feature available. Pegman, the street view guide, sits on the lower left corner of the screen and upon clicking on him the areas on the map that support Street View will turn blue. From there you can hover over any highlighted road to get its street-level preview and click on it to dive in.

Currently street views are supported in over 50 countries around the world.

NOTE - Pegman fans can submit their ideas for his next adventure on Google+.

Zoom in a little and you will see blue and yellow circles. While blue circles represent an area with user-uploaded photos, yellow circles let you see inside restaurants, museums and more.

Google has also added step-by-step preview, a feature that provides street-level view of each decision point while on the road. It's a very useful feature, especially when the route is tricky and an advance study of the trip is necessary. Just click "Preview steps" from the directions card to enable it.

Next up is Earth Tours, a feature that takes you to a virtual trip of cities and natural wonders in 3D. It's an amazing feature but requires WebGL-enabled browsers. Make sure you have one.

The updated Google Maps, in addition to traffic indicators, will also show real time traffic incident reports powered by Waze, the social mapping software company that Google acquired in June this year. These reports will be available on both Desktop and mobile.

Google has also released a video tour of the updates.




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Rasta211 said:

Wow it's amazing how far we've gone in such a short period of time.

Guest said:

Google maps is nothing short of remarkable.

Anybody remember mapquest?

learninmypc learninmypc said:

Mapquest is & always was a big joke.

I was happy when I used my in browser google maps & found pegman there.

Now when will they put the compass in so one don't have to click the screen & drag it?

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Very good. Now I must figure a way to install & power my desktop from my cars dashboard. I'll just attach my keyboard to the steering wheel with duct tape.

Camikazi said:

Very good. Now I must figure a way to install & power my desktop from my cars dashboard. I'll just attach my keyboard to the steering wheel with duct tape.

Lookup CarPC, it has been done and there are entire stores dedicated to it.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Lookup CarPC, it has been done and there are entire stores dedicated to it.

I know. I've seen it. It's a little over the top for me.

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