Google updates Google Maps with more detailed and accurate info and geocoding

19 Jul 2012

Google Maps has been given an upgrade across the world with more detailed mapping information. New improved features include better geocoding coverage and accuracy, new walking paths, detailed university campus maps, improved national forest and park data, more accurate turn restrictions, more defined water bodies, better bike trail coverage and bike directions coming soon.

“We’re constantly making improvements to Google Maps to help you find and discover places that are meaningful to you no matter where you are,” Michael Weiss-Malik, engineering manager, Google Maps, said in the official Google blog.

“And today, we’re launching updated maps of Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lesotho, Macau, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore and Vatican City to do just that.

“As was the case for past updates, our new maps are more detailed and precise. For example, in Ireland we now have excellent coverage of National Heritage Areas, as well as more detailed coastlines and bodies of water,” Weiss-Malik explained.

He added that local roads on these maps are now more accurately distinguished from highways and multilingual names are available for a larger proportion of roads in many of the updated countries.

The new Google Maps was unveiled just days after Google introduced Street View technology to its maps of Antarctica, including the inside of Shackleton’s Hut.

“We’ve partnered with numerous authoritative sources to ensure that Google Maps is a living reflection of every corner of the globe. After all, a map is only as good as the data behind it. The maps that we’ve built will help ensure that you get correct and up-to-date information about the world around you,” Weiss-Malik said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years