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7/31/2008

Google Maps

I’m pretty sure I’m not the last to notice that Google maps now offers directions by both public transportation and walking. But the clarity of the street level view is really what blows me away...



Just wonder how long it will take to include how many calories I’ll burn by walking or calculate how much metro/bus fare I need to make the journey?

8/1 UPDATE: Sometimes it's kinda scary how like minded people in organizations think...

Last night after I blogged this, I discovered a twitter message from Sam (aka CML Code Monkey) that he was working on incorporating Googles new directions options into our library site. I didn't blog that idea last night when I noted the new features, but I was thinking about it :) ... and then here it is less than 24 hours later and Sam has made it work on the locations page our site. Check it out...



Public transportation directions to the library are awesome!!! Thanks Sam!

3 comments:

andrew said...

You're in luck! Check out http://www.mapmywalk.com/ and voila' you will know your calorie burn. There's some other systems similar to this for bicycling and running as well. On the walking tip there is also http://www.walkscore.com/ where you can figure out how walkable your neighborhood is.

I agree that Google Streetview is way cool! I like looking around and seeing what people were doing when the camera trucks drove by.

Cat said...

Sheesh - I can't believe it - I just noticed that "walking" option on Google Maps last night, too! I'm driving to NYC next weekend, and I cracked up to see that it would take me about 8 days walking. Does that include ice cream breaks, do you think?

Polyxena said...

This isn't yet an option for Google Maps in Australia - either the transit or the photos. You can get walking instructions but they are similar to driving ones visually.