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Those of us of a certain age remember a time before Google Maps. A time before the maps that came before Google Maps. A time when we unfolded large pieces of paper in a car while driving at high speed — or, worse, as a tourist in a faraway land — gazed at the mysterious symbols and hoped we knew which way we were pointed in the first place.

Those were the dark ages.

In February 2005 Google launched Google Maps. And today it's an integral part of our daily lives, to say nothing of the Google experience. At its simplest, it's a way to figure out where you are, or where you're going. But it's grown into so much more than that. Google Maps now ties into your search results. Looking for, say, Chinese food? You'll see recommendations. Or, even better, is that you might see your friends' recommendations, thanks to integration with Google+.

And what Google did from the top down with satellites it's also done from the driver's seat. Google has a fleet of cars worldwide that maps the roads and highways, ensuring accuracy and — and this is the really cool part — taking 360-degree "Street view" pictures, so you can actually see where you're going and what it will look like before you get there.

Google Maps made the transition from web browser to mobile, of course, and it's now an indispensable part of our online lives.

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Google Maps will soon have railroad crossing information

Google to bring railroad crossing information to Google Maps

Google Maps will soon include all of the public railroad crossings on its maps, as the company has partnered with the Federal Railroad Administration to increase driver safety. There are around 130,000 public and 85,000 private crossings in the country currently, and there are more than 2,000...
Google apologizes for offensive Maps mishap

Google apologizes for offensive Maps mishap

Google has apologized for a 'mess up' surrounding racist search results on Google Maps. Earlier this week, it was discovered that searching Google Maps with certain racial slurs would return results for the White House. Today, Google has issued an apology for the mishap, noting that it has taken...
Google Maps now warns you if your destination will be closed before you get there

Google Maps now warns you if your destination will be closed before you get there

Google Maps will now tell you if your destination will be closed before you get there. Google Maps has scored an update that is sure to please those that are constantly running behind. Now, when you set out on your next journey, Maps will let you know if your destination will be closed before...
Google is bringing full offline access to Google Maps later this year

Full offline Google Maps access coming later this year

Fully offline access is coming to Google Maps in the future, along with turn-by-turn navigation and more. At Google I/O today, Google announced that offline maps are coming to Google Maps later this year. With offline maps, users will be able to save maps and search for things with...

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Google Maps will soon have railroad crossing information

Google to bring railroad crossing information to Google Maps

Google Maps will soon include all of the public railroad crossings on its maps, as the company has partnered with the Federal Railroad Administration to increase driver safety. There are around 130,000 public and 85,000 private crossings in the country currently, and there are more than 2,000...
Google scales El Capitan to bring first vertical Street View images

Google scales El Capitan to bring first vertical Street View images

Google has released a set of images that lets you climb up the side of El Capitan at Yosemite national park without leaving your computer. Instead of traversing down streets, Google Maps takes you up on the vertical journey. For those with a fear of heights or are simply unable to make the...
Google Maps now warns you if your destination will be closed before you get there

Google Maps now warns you if your destination will be closed before you get there

Google Maps will now tell you if your destination will be closed before you get there. Google Maps has scored an update that is sure to please those that are constantly running behind. Now, when you set out on your next journey, Maps will let you know if your destination will be closed before...
Google Maps on Android

The ultimate guide to Google Maps on Android

Google Maps is an amazingly powerful tool that can help you get anywhere, and see anything. Whether you want to drive to a new place in the shortest amount of time, navigate a public transit system that you're still learning or get recommendations for things around you, Google Maps is an all...
Google Maps gets real-time transit information

Google will show you how long your journey is likely to take with new real-time transit information

Google is adding another big feature to Google Maps, real-time transit information, improving the overall experience for those who rely on it while traveling. Google Maps is gaining real-time transit information, which will not only show you how long you have to wait where you are, but also...
Google is bringing full offline access to Google Maps later this year

Full offline Google Maps access coming later this year

Fully offline access is coming to Google Maps in the future, along with turn-by-turn navigation and more. At Google I/O today, Google announced that offline maps are coming to Google Maps later this year. With offline maps, users will be able to save maps and search for things with...
Google apologizes for offensive Maps mishap

Google apologizes for offensive Maps mishap

Google has apologized for a 'mess up' surrounding racist search results on Google Maps. Earlier this week, it was discovered that searching Google Maps with certain racial slurs would return results for the White House. Today, Google has issued an apology for the mishap, noting that it has taken...
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Google to update Maps with better traffic alerts for upcoming Memorial Day

An update for Google Maps is planned for the upcoming weekend, which will be made available just before Memorial Day on Monday. The update will implement better traffic alerts and alternate route suggestions. These alerts will be provided as you drive, which will be updated as and when Google is...
A proper Google Maps app appears on Android Wear

Proper Google Maps app appears on Android Wear via latest phone app update

With the latest update to Google Maps on your phone, Android Wear gains some mapping functionality. After updating to Google Maps version 9.9 on your phone — which brings a neat new transparent status bar and some navigation features — you may notice that there's an actual Google Maps app on...
Google temporarily suspends Map Maker

Google temporarily suspends Map Maker as it looks for a better solution

In light of the recent Google Maps shenanigans, Google has decided to temporarily suspend the Map Maker service as they search for a better solution. At the end of April the Android mascot was caught urinating on an Apple logo, and this incident has forced Google to take another look at its Map...

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