You’re probably used to getting turn-by-turn directions to your next destination with Google Maps, but there’s also a pretty-well-hidden Driving Mode just for... well, driving. It alerts you to traffic problems, directs you to nearby gas pumps and stores, and is useful for those times when you already know your route…
Google Maps will soon be able to give you time and fare estimates on a variety of ride-sharing apps so your drunk ass can get home in the least amount of time for the best price.
You wouldn’t really think there could be that much difference between turn-by-turn navigation apps, but even just a glance at Google Maps and Waze shows how different they are. They might both be owned by the same company, but they work completely differently.
If you drive enough miles in a short amount of time, Waze will take you off their scoreboard and strip you of your rank. It happened to me just last month, after logging over 3500 miles in the span of about four days.
I just moved to a new city, and I live and die by my phone’s GPS. But as a result, I’ve realized that I still don’t know anything about how the city is laid out, nor can I make a simple drive to my friend’s house—where I’ve been many times—without my GPS navigating me. If your sense of direction is similarly lacking…
Okay, so technically Google wants this poor driver to turns onto the Orange Blossom Trail in Florida, I think, maybe, but instead of just being like “please turn on this road” like it normally does, it just explodes into a tidal wave of explosive verbal diarrhea.
The 24 Hours of LeMons is used to seeing participants’ cars show up on Google Maps, but this is the first time an entire event has made the cut. Here’s this year’s ‘Shine Country Classic, right here on Google Maps. Tinker around, zoom in and marvel at LeMons’ preference for purple canopies.
Earlier this week, Bryan Seely, a network engineer and one-time Marine, played me recordings of two phone calls (embedded below.) The calls were placed by unwitting citizens to the FBI office in San Francisco and to the Secret Service in Washington, D.C. Neither the callers nor the FBI or Secret Service personnel who…
Street View cars may be packed with technology, but how do they do on a race track? This video shows what happened when the guys at Google decided to go race the folks at Top Gear.
I don't know if you've heard, but there's something of a race going on this weekend in lovely Austin, Texas. While you may not get to drive a Formula One car at 10/10ths on the Circuit of the Americas (unless you're an actual F1 driver, in which case, good for you), you can now experience the track on Google Maps.
Hey, you know how it is. One minute you're walking down a London street, minding your own business, when you accidentally step into a police call box and all of a sudden you're inside the TARDIS and the Doctor has enlisted your help fighting aliens. I hate when that happens.
Aww, shit! Somebody made another commercial about Detroit so it's time to make a BFD out of it! Google launches a revamped Google Maps app and this ad takes us through a tour of the Motor City that surprisingly isn't cliche.
Located off the coast of Nagasaki, the long-abandoned Hashima Island (also known as "Gunkanjima" or "Battleship Island") was the inspiration for Raoul Silva's lair in Skyfall. Now, thanks to Google Maps, you can visit the island on Street View.
"Oh, um... hey, Google Maps Car."
We've talked plenty about the flaws inherent in Apple Maps, and where it differs from Google Maps on paper. But how wide is the disparity between the two in actuality? We stacked two iPhone 4Ses side-by-side (one running iOS 5, one running iOS 6, both on wi-fi with GPS on), and let the two mapping apps do battle.