In a move probably more related to a push from Apple and Vodafone over the uselessness of the iPhone‘s mapping ability than out of Google‘s own world domination attempts, Google Maps has finally been updated with a vastly more comprehensive detail level on maps in South Africa.
So its good news for all us tech junkies who are too lazy to bother with paper maps, but for the likes of Streetmaps, Brabys and various other South African map printing companies it spells time to rethink or get out.
Best we keep an eye out for Google Street View Cars clogging our streets in the near future, but my hopes aren’t high, so I’ll take that one with a pinch of salt, but it is likely the directions feature should become available as soon as Google points their route crunchers at the new mapping data.
- Google Maps South Africa gets an update (marcforrest.com)
- Google wins Street View privacy suit (Steven Musil/CNET News) (techmeme.com)
- Share Your User Photos with Google Street View (blippitt.com)