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Google maps directions showing "saves gas" route

Google Maps Feature Identifies Most Fuel-Efficient Routes

A new feature highlights routes that use the least gas to help users make the most fuel-efficient driving decisions.

July 25, 2023 - The Verge

Parking Meters

Google Maps Now Lets You Feed Your Parking Meter

Google's newest partnership offers contactless parking meter payments and transit fare purchases.

February 26, 2021 - TechCrunch

Google Maps Store

Meet Google's Open Source, Time-Traveling Map

All historic maps are welcome in Google's open source machine learning project.

November 12, 2020 - Fast Company

COVID-19 City

New Google Map Layer Shows COVID-19 Infection Rates

A new layer showing the seven-day average of confirmed COVID-19 cases started rolling out to Android and iPhones last week.

September 27, 2020 - The Verge

Smart City Apps and Intelligent Lighting Controls from Current by GE

New Opportunities for Big Data in Pandemic-Era Urban Planning

Big data startups and corporations are collecting information that can help planners make informed decisions about how to facilitate social distancing. Will planners center data-driven decisions in other planning processes?

July 6, 2020 - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy


Real-Time Art Installation Reveals the Many Dimensions of Data

Using a wagon filled with phones, an artist in Berlin demonstrated the disconnect between data and the real world.

February 19, 2020 - Vice

Portland Sidewalk

Google Maps for iPhone Now Reports DUI Checkpoints, Speed Traps

Navigation app Waze has long allowed users the ability to report various "inconveniences" on the road, like speed traps, checkpoints, and crashes. Now Google Maps users on iPhone can do the same.

October 22, 2019 - The Washington Post

Pedestrian Signal

Walking Directions, Assisted by Augmented Reality

Augmented reality could boost safety for pedestrians, or it could add another layer of distraction between people and the real world.

August 12, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Fruit Belt, Buffalo

Google Maps' Digital Erasure Highlights Issues of Community Identity in Buffalo, NY

In the face of displacement and gentrification, residents of the Fruit Belt neighborhood of Buffalo, NY point to tech-giant Google's map service as one among many possible causes.

April 23, 2019 - OneZero via Medium


Google Maps Goes Multi-Modal

A bunch of new features makes Google Maps user-friendly for transit commuters.

October 3, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

Pokémon Go

The Gig Economy for Mapping

A new startup wants to use blockchain and the Uber model to create free, open-source maps.

September 26, 2018 - CityLab

Factory Emissions

New Tool Calculates the Carbon Footprint of Cities

Google's Environmental Insights Explorer multiplies the power of Google Maps for the benefit of the planet.

September 14, 2018 - Fast Company


Drivers: Beware Following GPS Navigation Instructions Too Closely

For the second time at the same railroad crossing in Atherton, California, a motorist followed his GPS navigation onto Caltrain tracks. In both cases, the motorists fled their vehicles before being hit by an oncoming train.

February 13, 2018 - (Palo Alto) Daily Post


Flooded With Navigation App Users, a Town Closes Its Streets

Navigation apps like Waze often reroute drivers onto residential streets that would be quiet otherwise. With some residents unable to leave their driveways, the New Jersey borough of Leonia has taken an extreme measure against the problem.

January 5, 2018 - The New York Times

ADA Ramp

Google Expands Wheelchair Access Mapping

Offering prizes and status, Google wants to motivate Maps users to add information about wheelchair accessibility.

September 14, 2017 - CityLab


Google Can Now Predict Parking Difficulty

The way Google predicts parking difficulty could make it easier to develop "smart city" applications in the future.

February 21, 2017 - IoT for All

Google Maps

Google Maps Update Opens New Access to Mobility and Culture

Google Maps and other navigation and mapping apps have done a lot to inspire and educate people to make the most of their surroundings. New changes to the Google Maps app will add new functionality for those purposes.

February 6, 2017 - Google

Google Maps

Google Maps' 'Interesting' New Feature

Google's new maps redesign calls out areas of interest, but is "interesting" just a euphemism for rich?

October 20, 2016 - City Observatory

Google Maps Erases Publically Owned Open Spaces

Where's the green?

September 23, 2016 - NPR

Hillary Clinton

Planetizen Week in Review: August 1, 2016

Political junkies, map nerds, and transit fans all got plenty of big news to digest during the last week of July 2016.

August 1, 2016 - Planetizen

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