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Google Maps

Google Maps is a web mapping service developed by Google that offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360-degree panoramas of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions, and route planning for both walking and vehicular travel such as cars, bicycles, and public transportation.

Launched in 2005, Google Maps has become one of the most widely used navigation and mapping tools in the world, accessible through web browsers or through apps on mobile devices.

The history and evolution of Google Maps is characterized by constant improvement and expansion of its functionality:

  • 2005: Google Maps is launched as a web application, offering users maps and directions.
  • 2007: Street View is introduced, providing panoramic street-level images, allowing users to explore cities as if they were on the ground.
  • 2009: Google Maps for mobile devices begins offering turn-by-turn GPS navigation, turning smartphones into full-fledged navigators.
  • 2012: Support for offline maps is added, allowing users to save maps and use them without an internet connection.
  • 2013: Google Maps is completely redesigned, with a cleaner interface and greater emphasis on discovering local places and activities.
  • 2015: Real-time viewing of traffic conditions and incidents is introduced, improving route planning.
  • 2017: Google Maps begins to integrate public transportation information, including real-time schedules and delays.
  • 2018: The “Explore” feature is launched, providing personalized recommendations for nearby restaurants, events, and activities.

In addition to these features, Google Maps integrated services such as Google Earth for 3D views of the terrain and built environment, and improved its integration with other Google platforms, such as Business Profile for businesses and Google My Maps for creating custom maps.

Google Maps has become an indispensable tool for millions of people who rely on its detailed maps and navigation services to travel, explore new areas, and find local businesses; with the addition of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, Google Maps continues to evolve, offering ever richer and more personalized experiences for users.

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