Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Google Maps Australia

Google has recently launched a product called Google Maps Australia. Based on the existing Google earth platform the new service provides excellent street maps for metropolitan and rural areas. The user has the option of viewing maps and/or aerial photos. Additional functionality includes; driving directions, city guides, address and business search and reportedly the product will operate on mobile devices such as BlackBerries and Palm PDA’s.

In trialling this product I was impressed by the breadth of detail in the maps. I grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Daylesford in Victoria that to this day has no street signage; yet Google maps listed all the street names even for obscure dirt roads.

Considering the above functionality and the simplicity of the interface this should be a very useful reference tool.


Ross Balharrie

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