Google Maps Adds Walking Directions

July 22nd, 2008 at 12:00 am

google maps walking directions

Google Maps is really a godsend to people who need directions.  Everything about it and especially the fact that it’s free, makes it an indispensable tool for travelers, motorists, and commuters.  When the product started out a few years ago, the satellite imaging superimposed on a street map was amazing feat.  Since then, Google has come up with more and more ways to make the map more relevant, useful and entertaining.

The Get Directions feature of Google Maps is especially useful.  It maps out directions from point A to point B using for drivers keeping in mind one way streets and passable roads.  Today, Google Maps has added another feature on top of that .  In addition to commuting directions that give users public transportation routes between places, Google Maps has also added walking directions.  These directions supersede one way streets, keeping in mind that pedestrians won’t be needing that information anyway.  Hence, the walking directions provided by Google Maps plots the most direct route from point A to point B.

However, Google Maps’ database on sidewalks, overpasses, and pedestrian lanes isn’t as detailed as the one for freeways and streets.  This makes the Walking Directions feature a bit inconsiderate about the busyness of the streets or availability of sidewalks.

Nevertheless, as of all Google Products and features, the Walking Directions is in a perpetual ‘beta’.  This means that as time goes, Google Maps will be updating the service.

Walking Directions on Google Maps is currently available only where Driving Directions apply.