Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Google Maps Walking Directions

Google today added walking directions to Google Maps. An option to view walking directions now appears when you ask for directions for a journey of 10km (6.2 miles) or less. Google say "we'll try to find you a route that's direct, flat, and uses pedestrian pathways when we know about them."

Google announced that this new feature is in 'beta' as "we don't always know if a street has a sidewalk, or if there's actually a special pedestrian bridge for crossing a busy street." In other words Google's walking directions might not actually always return the shortest route for pedestrians.

This is an excellent new feature from Google Maps and I'm sure that walking directions will improve over time. Hopefully soon we will get cycling directions as well.

Via: Google LatLong: Pound the pavement

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