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October 22, 2019, 1pm PDT
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.
The Washington Post
August 12, 2019, 7am PDT
Augmented reality could boost safety for pedestrians, or it could add another layer of distraction between people and the real world.
Smart Cities Dive
April 23, 2019, 12pm PDT
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.
OneZero via Medium
October 3, 2018, 1pm PDT
A bunch of new features makes Google Maps user-friendly for transit commuters.
Smart Cities Dive
September 26, 2018, 6am PDT
A new startup wants to use blockchain and the Uber model to create free, open-source maps.
CityLab
September 14, 2018, 8am PDT
Google's Environmental Insights Explorer multiplies the power of Google Maps for the benefit of the planet.
Fast Company
February 13, 2018, 11am PST
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.
(Palo Alto) Daily Post
January 5, 2018, 8am PST
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.
The New York Times
September 14, 2017, 9am PDT
Offering prizes and status, Google wants to motivate Maps users to add information about wheelchair accessibility.
CityLab
February 21, 2017, 2pm PST
The way Google predicts parking difficulty could make it easier to develop "smart city" applications in the future.
IoT for All
February 6, 2017, 11am PST
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.
Google
October 20, 2016, 7am PDT
Google's new maps redesign calls out areas of interest, but is "interesting" just a euphemism for rich?
City Observatory
September 23, 2016, 8am PDT
Where's the green?
NPR
August 1, 2016, 5am PDT
Political junkies, map nerds, and transit fans all got plenty of big news to digest during the last week of July 2016.
Planetizen
July 26, 2016, 2pm PDT
A new Google Maps redesign hopes to help make it easier to explore your surroundings. As with everything based on a mobile phone, the potential exists that it might also help ignore your surroundings.
Google Maps
May 5, 2016, 5am PDT
Google Maps has changed a lot since its quick rise to ubiquity. An intrepid blogger digs into the nitty gritty of how the mapping platform has changed, and the consequences of Google's cartography for how the public perceives the world.
Justin O'Beirne
Blog post
January 18, 2016, 10am PST
Participatory mapping has become an increasingly popular planning tool. The examples that follow highlight how communities are using participatory mapping.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
March 19, 2015, 10am PDT
The navigational software of successful driverless cars will make Google Maps seem like child's play. But can such a system replace or improve upon human instinct and adaptability?
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
December 21, 2014, 5am PST
A peak under the hood at "Ground Truth"—the operation behind Google Street View.
Wired
September 25, 2014, 1pm PDT
In an effort to tap into new users, companies like Google and Microsoft are racing to map the winding, informal streets of Brazil's slums in Rio de Janeiro.
The Wall Street Journal