Google Maps Driving Directions & Business search is Live!

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Finally, Australia has caught up with the rest of the world in relation to Google Maps. As of today, you can search for businesses by name, category, or keyword and Google will plot the results on its map. In addition, you can get driving directions to your destinations. According to news.com.au, Google signed a deal with Truelocal for their paid and unpaid
business data.

I’ve given it a whirl and have found it fairly accurate with the business listings and driving directions. They haven’t quite sorted out searching different types of restaurants (Chinese food, Pizza) but overall Google has done a great job.

According to an SMH article, Microsoft thumbed its nose at Google, stating that they have had similar features for their mapping site, Live Local, for a year. Live Local’s driving directions are good but its business search only picks up keywords rather than category names. Meanwhile, Whereis, has been offering higher quality satellite maps than Google or Microsoft.

Google Maps [via Google Maps Mania]

SMH: Here comes Google’s maps with the lot

Live Local

Web deal for Google, News

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3 Comments so far

  1. xlynx (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    Hi Neil, just wondering where on whereis you get satellite images, or did you just mean normal maps?

    Gah.. google maps just replaced my house with a cloud!!


  2. Neil (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    Go to whereis.com.au
    Type in address and click “Get Map”
    At the bottom left of the map is a tab called Photo (beta), Click it
    Slide the “Map zoom slider”(located near the bottom left of the map) all the way to the left where is says street
    On the bottom right of the screen, screen size, click the box that is the biggest and furthest to the right.

    That will get you the biggest and highest res picture.


  3. xlynx (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

    ah ha! cheers. broken on mac but I guess it _is_ beta.



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