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.
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.
September 14, 2017, 9am PDT
Offering prizes and status, Google wants to motivate Maps users to add information about wheelchair accessibility.
February 21, 2017, 2pm PST
The way Google predicts parking difficulty could make it easier to develop "smart city" applications in the future.
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.
October 20, 2016, 7am PDT
Google's new maps redesign calls out areas of interest, but is "interesting" just a euphemism for rich?
September 23, 2016, 8am PDT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 9, 2014, 2pm PDT
Are smartphones supplementing the capacity of humans to think spatially, such that future generations might lose fundamental cognitive abilities?
July 19, 2014, 7am PDT
Google, partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund, has created a series of maps locating methane leaks around three cities in the United States. The question of just how much methane is leaking in a given city comes down to infrastructure.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Powersource
July 4, 2014, 1pm PDT
If you're obsessed with trivia and maps, prepare to lose some hours.
May 8, 2014, 10am PDT
The popularity of Google Maps is well-documented, and as more users are using the software on their phones (remember when you had to print maps before you left your home or office?), Google's recent updates includes a bunch of new mobile features.
March 5, 2014, 7am PST
A recent long-read describes the current state of the competition for primacy in the world of online mapping tools. The champ—Google Maps. The challenger—OpenStreetMap.
November 9, 2013, 11am PST
What's the best way to get people to bike? "[M]ake clear the costs of not biking, in minutes saved or dollars not spent," writes Emily Badger. A new tool developed by Zach Rausnitz uses Google Maps data to compare travel times of alternative modes.