In olden times, when someone went to an unknown place, he used to take a map with him so that he can easily find the way. The same Google Map is also a type of map, but it is digital. Its area is much larger than that map. In this, you can see the place around you. Also, you can easily see the places abroad. Apart from its main feature, you can also share your live location, check enroute traffic, and much more. According to Wikipedia ” Google Maps is a web mapping service developed by Google. It offers satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360° interactive panoramic views of streets, real-time traffic conditions, and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle, and air, or public transportation.”
How Google Map Works
Today, we often use Google Maps in everyday life. Whether you want to find a movie hall, restaurant, or somewhere near you, just pick up your mobile and get the location and route information from the instant Google map. But have you ever wondered where all this information comes from Google Maps? So let’s try to know this. Google collects its mapping data from a variety of sources, including road sensors, contributions through user builders, and local transportation departments, among many others. Let’s know about them-
1. Map Partner
A large number of agencies provide detailed data to Google. This data is employed to demarcate changing boundaries and waterways, display new bike paths, among other things, and this helps to stay the “base map” as up-to-date as possible.
2. Street View
Google uses a 360-degree camera for the street view. For this, Google used a custom design in which there is a camera mounted on the car and the only job of the car is to keep on the road and keep the roads covered as much as possible. Not one, not two, but thousands of cars continue to run around the world to capture the street view and keep updating the data.
Where the car cannot go, Google has found a variant in which humans can go to the narrow streets and capture street view by loading the camera on their shoulders. Not just above the shoulder, Google collects the data of the street view using a 360-degree camera above the small rikshaws, and above the animals also. So far Google Street is available in 83 countries.
Google also uses satellite for data collection. Google Earth supports Google Maps in this work. Google Earth shares high-resolution images taken by satellite with Google Maps.
4. Location Services
Google also uses mobile location services to keep Maps up-to-date. Google collects location data from your smartphone and it uses your location data for things like real-time traffic updates and pinpointing road diversions etc.
Why We Use Google Maps?
- We use Google Maps because Google Maps is one of the best map applications used in the world.
- It gives dynamic updates about the traffic and gives suggestions of alternate routes.
- We can easily locate any place on the map with its search option.
- Google Maps has a very good user interface
Its Top 5 Awesome Features
1. Use Google Maps Offline
Many times we go to a place where the internet does not run due to network problems, then it becomes difficult to use the map at such a time, but Google Maps gives you the feature of using the offline map. You just need to download a map of that particular area then you can use it offline.
Step 1. Open Google Maps and enter your destination.
Step 2. Tap the name of the place at the bottom of screen.
Step 3. Tap on Download option.
Step 4. Select the required area then Tap on Download.
2. Share Your Live Location
You can also share your live location in Google Maps. Using this feature, you can share the live progress of your journey or you can reach someone by using his live location.
Step 1. Open Google Maps and Search for destination.
Step 2. Tap on Start.
Step 3. Tap on Up Arrow located in the bottom right corner.
Step 4. Tap on Share Trip Progress.
Step 5. After that select contacts and share your location.
3. Incognito Mode on Google Maps
We heard about Incognito Mode in browsers like Chrome, Firefox, etc. If you are using Incognito Mode in Google Maps then your activity in Maps like the places you searched or get directions will not be saved on your Google account.
Step 1. Tap on your profile.
Step 2. Tap on Turn on Incognito Mode.
4. Know Your Visited Places
Google Maps gives you this amazing feature by which you can browse the places you’ve visited along with the routes traveled.
Step 1. Open Google Maps.
Step 2. Tap on your profile.
Step 3. Tap on Your Timeline.
Step 4. Inside timeline you can see your visited Places, Cities and much more.
5. Live View
This feature is one of the best feature of Google Maps. In this feature Google Maps shows you where you are using your camera.
Step 1. Open Google Maps.
Step 2. Enter your destination then tap on Go.
Step 3. After that Tap on Walking icon.
Step 4. Tap the Live View button located next to Start at bottom.
Step 5. After that just point mobile’s camera vertically and you will see arrows and details which will guide you towards the destination.
Live View Feature is currently not available in India.