Google Maps is one of the most (if not the most) known online web mapping service developed by Google. Google Maps offers satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360° interactive panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions, and route planning (driving directions) for traveling by car, public transportation, bicycle, or walk.
The popularity and usage of this mapping service are incredible. In 2020, Google Maps was used by over 1 billion people each month even tho Coronavirus forced most of the people around the world to stay at home or travel just in critical cases.
Directions and transit; Google Maps provides driving directions (route planner), allowing its users to find available routing through driving, public transportation, walking, or biking. The app version of the map also has starred lines to indicate users’ transit route in the update in October 2019.
After the long way of the development process, Google began offering real-time traffic data in 2007 as a colored overlay on top of roads, and motorways show on the map to represent vehicles’ speed on particular routes. Analyzing the crowdsource data collected mainly by cellphones, Google created an artificial algorithm that provides us with an unavoidable solution to beat traffic in the busiest areas in more than 50 countries worldwide. Why not try it yourself? Plan your route for free below!