Thursday, July 12, 2012

[G] Google Maps for Africa gets better - walking directions launched!

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Google Lat Long: Google Maps for Africa gets better - walking directions launched!

(Cross Posted from Google Africa Blog)

In 2010, we announced the availability of driving directions on Google Maps in many African countries. This is a feature that allows users to get driving direction information from one location to another (e.g from Kotoka International Airport to Hotel Novotel in Victoria Borg, Accra in Ghana)

But of course not everyone drives or always needs to drive, so today we’re bringing walking directions for 44 African countries!

To get walking directions, start by doing one of the following:

  1. Click Get directions, enter a starting and ending location and click Get Directions.
  2. In the search field, enter a from-to statement (example: from Nyayo House to Anniversary Towers) and click Search Maps.
  3. Click "Directions" in an info window that pops up for a business or location
  4. Right-click on the map to get directions to that location

Click on the “walking” icon at the top

Walking directions are also available on Google Maps for Mobile.

Try out the walking directions today. As a reminder, walking directions are currently in beta, and we recommend that you use caution, as the routes may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian crossings. Walking directions are editable, so if anything is amiss, you can correct it with our community mapping tool Google Map Maker. Google Map Maker is a tool that allows you to add and update geographic information for millions of users to see in Google Maps and Google Earth.

We are always grateful to our active African online cartographers who have helped make our African maps what they are today.

We hope you enjoy using walking directions on Google Maps!

Posted by Jacqueline Rajuai, GIS Specialist and Jarda Bengl, Business Product Manager, Google

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