Google Maps
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What it is:

Google Maps, formally known as Google Local, is a web mapping service application provided free from Google (for non-commercial use) that offers street maps, route planning and other forms of location technology. It is a related product of Google Earth and a close variant of the Mercator Projection (a cylindrical map projection). It's functions include Google Ride Finder, Google Transit, Route Planner and Google Maps API, aside from the general Google Maps service, and it services most types of transport routes, public and private.

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History

Google Maps was first written in C++ by two Danes at a Swedish based firm in Australia. The idea was pitched to Google inc. and was acquired in 2004, where it was transformed into the web-application it is now. By 2005 Google Maps was made available for all major web-browsers. By 2006 Google Maps featured road maps for the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the UK and parts of Ireland, and Google Moon and Google Mars were launched as separate services. Google Street View was launched in 2007 (see media-tools).

Utilities

Google Ditu
Google Moon
Google Mars
Google Ride Finder
Google Transit
Google Biking Directions
Google My Maps
Google Street View
Google Aerial View
Google Flu Shot Finder
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Future

Most of the advancement in Google Maps has been in it's Street View Function. The Street View service is continuously growing in terms of imagery and data, since it uses massive amounts of digital photography.1

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