Google Maps’ satellite view is a “top-down” or “birds eye” view; most of the high-resolution imagery of cities is aerial photography taken from aircraft flying at 800 to 1,500 feet (240 to 460 m), while most other imagery is from satellites.Much of the available satellite imagery is no more than three years old and is updated on a regular basis. Google Maps uses a close variant of the Mercator projection, and therefore cannot accurately show areas around the poles.
The current redesigned version of the desktop application was made available in 2013, alongside the “classic” (pre-2013) version. Google Maps for mobile was released in September 2008 and features GPS turn-by-turn navigation. In August 2013, it was determined to be the world’s most popular app for smartphones, with over 54% of global smartphone owners using it at least once Beat traffic with real-time navigation, ETAs and traffic conditions Catch your bus, train, or ride-share with real-time transit info Save time with automatic re-routing based on live traffic, road closures and traffic incidents.
Navigation with lane guidance so you don’t miss a turn or exit Find pit stops along your route like gas stations and coffee spots Discover places and explore like a local Find top-rated restaurants and local businesses, wherever you are
Decide on the best places to go with reviews, ratings, and pictures of foods and interiors Plan your visit and see menus, make reservations, and find when places are typically busiest Help others discover the best places by sharing reviews, photos and more Save places you want to or often visit, and quickly find them later from any computer or device
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