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Google Maps Now Does Interactive Re-Routing

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the madison-to-seattle-by-way-of-alaska-is-surprisingly-short dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Remember how cool it was the first time you used MapQuest or Google Maps or Google Earth? You'll feel like it's the first time again, when you use interactive dragging of routes on Google Maps. Some of the folks from the development team have even whipped up a handy video to explain the concept."

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Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (0, Troll)

JeremyBanks (1036532) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695183)

People keep posting on other sites about how brilliant this is and how amazing Google's programmers are. Although I do really like it myself, all it does is make add another trip location where you click, and it's just a matter of calculating the route from the start to your point and from your point to the end, using the same stuff they've allready programmed. There's almost nothing new here.

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (0)

Zeinfeld (263942) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695207)

There's almost nothing new here.

On the contrary, the response of the site has gone crap. They have managed to slashdot Google.

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (2, Insightful)

EvilGrin5000 (951851) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695209)

Just because they did their homework and programmed the original Google Maps with reusable code, doesn't mean that a new feature added that uses already implemented code isn't 'Amazing'.

Looking at the feature by itself is pretty nifty! Let's not judge it by saying "well, they didn't add any new code for this so it's nothing new..."

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (1)

gravos (912628) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695509)

I agree, it's a fantastic feature.

Personally I plan to use it to find alternate routes to work so I can have some variety in my commutes. Thanks Google!

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695869)

What is new, is the very cute lady that explains the new feature. She should explain all their features in all their products in posted videos, so we get to see more of her.

OT: EvilGrin sig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19696359)

Isn't that quote from Full Metal Jacket, not Stand By Me?

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (5, Insightful)

Yurian (164643) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695215)

True, but that misses the point. Yes, it was possible before - in the same way that satellite imagery was available on TerraServer for years before Google Maps. The difference between possible and easy is all the difference in the world.

Yes but .... (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695495)

Why do I suddenly feel like singing the Madonna hit, "like a virgin, touched for the very first time"?

Google is penis-licking good (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695983)

GO GOOOOOGLE!!!!

Please continue collecting and reselling personal data.

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (1)

NateE (247273) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695221)

Its new because no one else has the feature. Quite useful feature too.

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695255)

Streets and Trips has been able to do this for a while now.

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (1, Funny)

toadlife (301863) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695505)

That doesn't count for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, Streets and Trips is produced by Microsoft. Anything by Microsoft doesn't count because Microsoft is evil. Besides, I'm sure Microsoft bought streets and trips from at gunpoint from some starving open source developer anyway, which would mean they didn't even make it.

Second, Streets and trips costs money. Things that cost money and promote capitalism are evil. Only when a free good or service obtains a benefit that a non-free good or service has had for eons, does it become a good thing.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695641)

Google are just as evil as Microsoft, worse as they claim to not be. M$ accepts their evilness.

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (5, Insightful)

niteblade (764045) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695251)

From a strict 'new technology' perspective: Agreed - nothing revolutionary. As an improvement to the way the average Joe can plans trips, done in a incredibly simple, intuitive fashion that non-techies will truly appreciate: Truly awesome.

-NB

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695257)

There's almost nothing new here.
Really? Then why hasn't anyone done it until now?

I think it's a wonderful addition to online mapping & my guess is that anyone who can, will rush to add this feature.

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695593)

That's a good question, but this Feature has existed i mapping and GPS software for at least 10 years.

I always did wonder why it wasn't implemented on the web.

It is cool to see it on the web.

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695743)

... If I were as good as google, I'd done it before...

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (1)

clamothe (704740) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695263)

Well, does it matter if they code is being reused? Hey, if they can reuse the same code to add new features every day, I'm happy!

If I wanted to do something like add an additional trip, there was previously no way I could do this besides printing out two maps and piecing them together.

Changing routes is great :)

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695353)

The feature is great. It fixes most of the annoying things about autorouting maps. I know that certain routes are better, now I can easily dictate that they should be used just by dragging.

Re:Nice, Yes, But It's Not Amazing (1)

catbutt (469582) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695395)

So please explain how they implemented the real time dragging and other UI elements without writing code.

excellent feature (4, Interesting)

sh0rtie (455432) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695227)


i noticed this today and its a good idea though the most complaints i hear from my customers (uk) when i point out how Google maps works and how to use it is the accuracy of driving directions, and so they tell me after using that they still prefer to use Mapquest/AA even though their visualisation of mapping is inferior to Google's, fancy draggable routes mean nothing if the directions are wrong or inadequate for route navigation and so i cant really argue with them because its true (in my/customers experience)
while calculating directions is a very complex task (1 way systems, roundabouts, roads closed etc) i think this is a challenge that Google could excel at

Re:excellent feature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695555)

soon you'll be able to live in google earth, without leaving your home :P
http://www.grg-software.com/ [grg-software.com]

Re:excellent feature (3, Insightful)

wile_e_wonka (934864) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695619)

That's interesting. I don't know about the rest of the world, but in the US Navteq provides the data for both Google Maps and Mapquest (and Yahoo! Maps as well, I believe). So you would think the directions would be no less accurate. On the other hand, I have definitely noticed the different services do often recommend different routes from the others, despite all being run by Navteq.

Anyone else know more about this?

Re:excellent feature (2, Informative)

Shewmaker (28126) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695701)

I visited Santa Cruz, CA last month and discovered that Google Maps, my rental car's GPS, and every other
system evidently gives the wrong directions the the UCSC Inn. Right street, wrong end of it out in the
middle of the woods.

Re:excellent feature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695787)

Did you get abducted by aliens on that trip?

Re:excellent feature (1)

lostguru (987112) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696305)

no he said santa cruz, no aliens just hippies, and surfer punks

Re:excellent feature (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19696225)

Maybe the directions were right and the inn was in the wrong place...

Re:excellent feature (1)

Propaganda13 (312548) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695747)

This is a feature that I've wanted for awhile. This is especially handy when trying to give directions to people. Automated routes sometimes aren't the best. A few tweaks and you could have directions that follow a route that you know is better or easier to follow. Avoid construction, bad intersections, traffic jams that will probably happen, but haven't yet.

Thank you.

Re:excellent feature (2, Informative)

jadin (65295) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695919)

Suggest corrections. I did that (they had directions to my local airport incorrect) and they fixed it after relatively soon. I also contacted the airport itself and told them _they_ should contact google to expedite the process. Pretty sure they are actively trying to improve it based on my own experience.

Re:excellent feature (0, Flamebait)

fm6 (162816) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696049)

i guess you entered that post on your cell phone maybe you dont realize how lame and illiterate that message makes you look also inconsiderate its really hard to parse i hope you didn't enter it while driving

Re:excellent feature (1)

Ucklak (755284) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696419)

Mapquest just got the branding first, courtesy of the dotcom boom.
For a while, even Mappoint was a better alternative to Mapquest in some cities.

People still use Mapquest just like people will still use Windows.

I'd like to see (5, Interesting)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695231)

I'd like to see editing of the small turn maps that they have on the print screen. I don't need a little map to show me the turn out of my street at the beginning on the trip. I always get rid of it.

However, I would like maybe to see the 3 or 4 major turns in the trip, or a close-up view of some smaller, complicated streets that don't really resolve in the map of the entire trip.

Re:I'd like to see (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695371)

Then don't map from your home. Map from your city. I just enter FROM: Seattle, WA TO: (my destination address) and it works great. I don't really need directions on how to get out of my own driveway and onto the freeway. If I did, I probably shouldn't be driving anywhere....

Re:I'd like to see (1)

Quaoar (614366) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695465)

I cannot remember a single time in my entire life where I had to visit multiple stops and the order in which I visited wasn't painfully obvious. The traveling salesman problem is important to...traveling salesmen, not 99.99% of people who use Google maps.

Re:I'd like to see (1)

tacolicker (924348) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695549)

As easily as you can remove the mini-map with the turn out of your driveway, you can add the mini-maps for any of the numbered steps in your route. Just click on which one you want to add.

Re:I'd like to see (1)

ransom1982 (938665) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696035)

You are amazing! Seriously, I had never noticed that before.

Re:I'd like to see (1)

Quaoar (614366) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696149)

Just great, I replied to the wrong post... ;(

Re:I'd like to see (1)

tool462 (677306) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695557)

After playing around with this new version of google maps, it looks like you get a close-up view of the waypoints you generate when you reroute. It would be nice if it were automatic, but it's doable at least.

Re:I'd like to see (5, Informative)

Zonk (troll) (1026140) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695763)

Well, if you're a AAA member you can get this now. For example, I just did a 1,300 mile drive and used AAA's website to get the directions. You set the starting location and the destination and then you can add things like construction information, restaurants, hotels, gas stations, etc. You can add multiple stops, force it to take certain routes, etc. It ends up with an overview similar to what MapQuest and Google Maps do, but then it also gives around 30 pages with detailed maps of every intersection and major area, alternatives, etc. It's really nice.

This is why I don't bother with Google Maps or Mapquest any more. They're very primitive by comparison. Though, I do use Google Maps when I'm familiar with an area and am just not sure exactly where something is.

Re:I'd like to see (4, Informative)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695867)

However, I would like maybe to see the 3 or 4 major turns in the trip, or a close-up view of some smaller, complicated streets that don't really resolve in the map of the entire trip.

See that number beside each point . . . try clicking it.

Re:I'd like to see (1)

CODiNE (27417) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695895)

I can see wanting to add more mini-maps, but here's what I do right now. Click print, click cancel... then adjust the viewpoint on all 3. I like the 1st one to be an overview for a long drive, then the last one is close up of where I'm arriving, the 2nd I use for freeway exits or anything tricky. You can ALMOST get it how you want right now. Then click print again and you're good. (Clicking print formats it a lil better it seems)

Re:I'd like to see (1)

ransom1982 (938665) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696023)

I second this. I use Google Maps to route our truck drivers and the little maps are pointless and insulting to the truck drivers (truck drivers are a strange lot). The major turns would be awesome as would being able to always print the original view instead of clicking cancel on the print dialog, then checking the box, then correcting the zoom, then printing.

This is great for me (1)

EggMan2000 (308859) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695239)

I can now build customized directions for friends and family. So often the googlemaps or mapquest directions are correct, but not quite the best route, due to traffic, construction, or even landmarks.

I can use this now, and my friends will not have to make the awkward left turn near the railroad tracks, and / or uturn, when it's just easier to make another block.

Traveling salesman.. (1, Interesting)

harrkev (623093) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695277)

I also noticed that they did not solve the "traveling salesman" problem. If you add multiple stops, it will happily have you doubling back on your route. I have not yet seen a mapping program what will organize your stops in an optimal patters.

Yes, I know that a solution to the traveling salesman problem would take an extreme amount of procesisng power (maybe years). But there are shortcuts that are "good enough" and can be accomplished a fraction of a scond on a modern processor even with 20 stops. Doing five or so stops should be a piece of cake. You just need to develop reasonable hueristics.

Re:Traveling salesman.. (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695337)

you can add a stop and drag it in place on the left bar.

Re:Traveling salesman.. (1)

nbert (785663) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695583)

I also noticed that they did not solve the "traveling salesman" problem.
Sorry to interrupt this, but if they had solved it we would have seen it on the frontage of every newspaper already, because right now it's not possible to do this on a larger scale.

To give you a (slightly) linked example: It's like criticizing a chess program for not having calculated the best way to win in any kind of situation on an entire board.

Re:Traveling salesman.. (1)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695691)

You can solve salesman problem for most of practical means.

There's a lot of heuristic algorithms that give a pretty good approximations for graphs with tens thousands of points. Works well in practice.

Re:Traveling salesman.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19696269)

No, it's more like criticizing a tic-tac-toe program for not playing a perfect game.

TSP with five nodes is trivial. Any decent computer should be able to brute-force that in less time than it takes to blink.

Sure, it'll start to fall down as you add more nodes, but Google could just put a hard limit on it, or start using heuristics.

This is just something Google didn't think of or doesn't want to add yet, it's nothing particularly difficult to do.

Re:Traveling salesman.. (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696293)

RTFP dude. It's only 2 paragraphs long.

Re:Traveling salesman.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695817)

Um, yeah it's been solved. You need to dish out the bucks for Microsoft MapPoint. I know several business' using that to plan routes just like you're talking about.

Streets & Trips ain't going to cut it. There may be other higher end products than MapPoint, but then you're probably looking at $1000s instead of ~$300.

If you've tried MapPoint and haven't been able to do that, then you haven't really dug into that overly complex, bloated software.

Re:Traveling salesman.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695857)

Mapopolis have solved that problem years ago. On the Pocket PC mind you. Pity they abandoned the market.

Re:Traveling salesman.. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19696265)

I also noticed that they did not solve the "traveling salesman" problem. If you add multiple stops, it will happily have you doubling back on your route.

What are you talking about? Just because you 'double back' on your route does not mean it is inconsistent with the TSP. It may simply be the most optimal, for its definition of optimal route. Most software will optimise over travel time, rather than simply distance (you don't want to travel dirt tracks forever do you?) and usually it makes sense to return to the main road, even if this means a brief journey away from your destination, or even repeating part of the route you have performed.
Optimising over travel time is NOT the usual TSP optimisation problem, and if if you do optimise over distance, what's wrong with backtracking? If one city had to be visited, and that city had only one road in and out, how could it be avoided?
Contrary to what you and some other posters have pointed out, solving the TSP problem "good enough" is actually rather trivial. The simplest approach is a generic algorithm. Look it up.

Re:Traveling salesman.. (2, Interesting)

LnxAddct (679316) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696333)

It's a little more complicated than the traditional salesman problem because these graphs are weighted and directed. Even then there are still good algorithms to calculate such routes. Most algorithms are "fast", but not 100ms or 200ms fast. For the speed and scale that Google does this at, it's pretty damn impressive. (Scale being both the size of the graph, and quantity of queries received)
Regards,
Steve

Nice video (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695299)

Don't forget the rule. It's:

1) white guy
2) chinese girl
3) black guy
4) disabled female muslim
5) someone spanish looking
6) guy in a wheelchair
7) fat person

This was already done! (2, Informative)

slashgmg (895644) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695347)

check this link http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/.
A great tool that i have been using for long time.

Re:This was already done! (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695417)

Oh yeah, this is TOTALLY the same thing.... NOT!

Re:This was already done! (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695653)

You do realize it's for walking, right? It's ped as in pedometer.

Next door and around the country (3, Funny)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695367)

Here's about a 0.2 mile distance routed [google.com] via San Diego, Florida, Miami, random bits of Canada and back right next door.

And no, I have nothing better to do on this fine Friday evening. Heh.

Piker! (1)

hawk (1151) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695413)

*yawn*

All in North America, you piker!

Two weeks ago, I was getting directions to a casino where I had concert tickets.

I thought the direction on the freeway was odd, and then it missed entirely, passed into Colorado, across to Boston, "swim the Atlantic"[1]and concluded in France. Even with the zip codes at both ends, this continued to happen

[1] No, I'm not making this up!

hawk

Re:Next door and around the country (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695485)

Given the complaints I've heard about Seattle traffic, your route might actually be the fastest. You should inform Google of this fact and ask them to please update their routing algorithm to reflect this.

Re:Next door and around the country (0, Troll)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695571)

so now the world know two things:
1) Where you are at.
2) You will be alone.

I would change your plan if I were you....Call a couple of hookers, and have them stop to buy a bottle of whiskey on the way over.

Re:Next door and around the country (1)

Plutonite (999141) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696257)

And no, I have nothing better to do on this fine Friday evening. Heh.
Which is exactly what google is trying to say by hinting that you should take a hike, or something :)

Bout time. (1)

tool462 (677306) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695383)

I've been waiting for something like this for almost 10 years now. There have been countless times where the directions I'd get out of a map service are slower, even though technically shorter, than they could be. If I know a particular street is a mess because of construction, it will be nice to get a route that avoids that.

Re:Bout time. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695823)

Now they just need to figure out how to show rational text for things. For example, I just did a routing in California where you have no toll roads, but you have bridge tolls. They listed this as "partial toll road". I travel a lot, so I am familiar with toll roads in Texas, in Kansas, in Florida, etc. But to a Californian - partial toll road is just gibberish. Can't it just say "Bridge toll $4"? Hello? McFly?

Plus it tracks time. (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695401)

I particularly like the fact that now it will update the estimated travel time instantly. We are going to Southern CA this summer, and I wanted to know how many hours I would be adding to make a detour to visit family. I like how I was able to drag the route around and see the travel time change each time.....

I Almost Died. Thanks A Lot, Google (5, Funny)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695423)

I discovered this feature only *after* cycling 20KM to a softball game the other night (I'm an overweight 44 year-old). The distance looked so small on the map and Google didn't inform me that it was uphill both ways. Bastards.

Re:I Almost Died. Thanks A Lot, Google (4, Informative)

SCHecklerX (229973) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695567)

http://www.mapmyride.com/ [mapmyride.com] will show you elevation profiles. I use this to plan my own cycling routes.

Re:I Almost Died. Thanks A Lot, Google (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695695)

That does look interesting, thanks.

I'm new to the biking community and am a bit weirded-out by the stereotypical hard-core cycler type. They show up in the local bike shops in their spandex and seem to have an elitist attitude. Very bizarre.

My bike is an aluminum frame mountain but with road wheels, since I live downtown, disc brakes (are disc brakes good?).

I've bought a bunch of accessories that'll be installed tomorrow, what stuff do you recommend? I use my bike for trips for groceries mainly and I walk to work daily.

Re:I Almost Died. Thanks A Lot, Google (1)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695757)

I've bought a bunch of accessories that'll be installed tomorrow, what stuff do you recommend? I use my bike for trips for groceries mainly and I walk to work daily.


I'd recommend a rear fender/mudguard, a tiedown rack for the back, and a wire basket in the front.

Re:I Almost Died. Thanks A Lot, Google (1)

wall0159 (881759) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695887)

Don't worry about elitists - there're nobs in every community. Stick at the riding - it gets much easier :-)

Disc brakes are good, but you probably won't notice much difference in the city.

Yup - as the other poster said - mud guards. You might be able to find a rear carry rack that doubles as a mud guard.
Get panniers (clip onto the carry rack) - heaps better than a backpack.
get a lock and lights and a helmet
bright coloured jacket

Have fun!

Re:I Almost Died. Thanks A Lot, Google (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696031)

I notice that the brakes get a bit "grabby" but I have nothing to compare this to.

RE: helmet, there's not much in there worth saving anyway. :)

One fun part of biking was sort of hearing a bunch of cool guys in a truck-like thing yelling at me as they went by. I think they were saying something about them being homosexual and wanting to have intimate relations with their own mothers. I didn't catch all the details though, and I hope they eventually found what they were looking for.

These days you have to allow all types of people to have their say/lifestyles, and that's fine with me.

Re:I Almost Died. Thanks A Lot, Google (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696429)

Don't forget to tell them about your grass, and the keeping the hell off of it.

Re:I Almost Died. Thanks A Lot, Google (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696459)

Keep that up and I'll whack you with my cane.

Bloat? (0)

jorghis (1000092) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695455)

It seems like Google is starting to fall into the same trap MS did, adding every feature that sounds neat because they can. This may elicit a response of "oh neat!" from people who read about it, but how often will you actually use it? I have a tough time imagining myself saying "oh I want to go 20 minutes out of my way so I can drive past the beach on my way to get my oil changed". My guess is that more people will accidently mess up their route when they are viewing the map than will get any real use out of it.

Although I think that the basic idea is terribly useful, the implementation of it appears to be pretty good.

Re:Bloat? (3, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695553)

I have wished they had this feature almost every time I use it.

Re:Bloat? (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695575)

I'll use it to avoid high-traffic areas and other places I'd rather bypass. I can eyeball the proferred route and change it by dragging instead of typing "waypoints" to route around hassles.
BTW:
If I want more details of a given location, I screencap "hybrid" views so I can view or print them with the background photos. "Hybrid" is a useful way to take a virtual drive to your destination.

Re:Bloat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695697)

Actually, there are times when I know generally where I am going and that a certain route is quicker because of traffic and whatnot, but want a map to guide me. This is exactly what I have been waiting for. Thanks G!

Re:Bloat? (1)

T-Bone-T (1048702) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696223)

Every single new feature they've come out with has found a use for me.

Re:Bloat? (1)

qzulla (600807) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696307)

Although I think that the basic idea is terribly useful, the implementation of it appears to be pretty good.

Huh? Can you parse that for me?

M'kay. Thanks.

qz

mapmyride (1)

SCHecklerX (229973) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695469)

Cool.

I use mapmyride to plan cycling routes, and noticed that it can now follow roads automatically, so now I only have to click on intersections instead of meticulously laying out the whole route. Is that related to this new feature from google themselves?

done years ago (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695477)

i can do this with my years old GPS device. nothing new here.

breakfast niggers! (1)

Asshat_Nazi (946431) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695483)

btw, fuck a bunch of slashdong and fuck a bunch of YOU.

breakfast nigger [urbandictionary.com]

Not that big of a deal (0)

Derling Whirvish (636322) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695487)

Really all they have done is allow you to input a waypoint along a route and automatically reroute to get to/from it along your track. It just appears like you are moving the track, when you are really entering a waypoint. This would be considered innovative if we still lived in 1998.

Re:Not that big of a deal (3, Insightful)

catbutt (469582) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695637)

Given that ajax techniques were pretty much non-existant in 98, yep, it would have been considered innovative. Probably "nearly a decade ahead of its time" innovative.

I find it amusing (well, "annoying" is probably a better word) the way people, who have presumably never innovated anything of note in their lives, love to declare what other people have done to be "non-innovative". Why didn't you produce it for us in the time between 98 and now, if it was so easy and obvious?

Re:Not that big of a deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695767)

I'll agree that Google certainly made it look a lot nicer, but Microsoft has had this feature in Streets and Trips for a long time, possibly as far back as 1998 (and if you say they weren't the first, which might be true, it only furthers my point). Therefore I would say calling it non-innovative is completely reasonable.

Re:Not that big of a deal (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695809)

Given that this kind of feature has been in gps devices for years i don't see how you can call it innovative at all. all google has done is copy a feature and find a way to put it in ajax.

Lost Easter Egg... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695513)

Sadly, it seems as though the "swim across the Atlantic Ocean" Easter egg has been removed due to this new feature. Hopefully they found a soon to be discovered successor to take its place.

that great, but what I want to know is (-1, Offtopic)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695523)

how is the iPhone moving on the east coast?
come on! more iPhone stories are needed!

oh come on! (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695709)

That was funny! At least I wasn't modded informative.

I missed something (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695617)

There was a time when it was "cool" to use MapQuest?

Hoping for GPX download (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695649)

It's a great feauture. I'd really like to be able to download the route in GPX format to use with my GPS, I hope they'll add the feature.

Acting lessons (4, Funny)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695801)

Is it possible to route a destination through a junior college acting class?

I'd like it better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19695921)

if Clippy pushed the route around with his...clip

Very nice feature -- but printing still sucks... (1)

steppin_razor_LA (236684) | more than 7 years ago | (#19695929)

This is an awesome feature. I really wish that they would have some way where you could print a higher than 72 DPI version of the maps (i.e. export to PDF for printing)..

You're welcome (1)

TheBlunderbuss (852707) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696037)

You all can thank me, because I am the one who requested it.

Dragging and emailing routes (1)

ace1100 (1122225) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696083)

I suggested this to Google about two years ago. I ride motorcycle and wanted to be able to map a route, then email it to friends who may not be familiar with the area where we where going. None of the mapping sites at the time let you actually change any part of the route other than via set parameters, fastest, no tolls etc. Very cool.

Another Way Cool Google Feature--Yawn (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696173)

Another Google feature invented more for its coolness factor than for its utility. Meanwhile, Google maps still lacks the most basic online maps feature: bookmarked locations. Yes, there's the weird feature that calls up old destinations if you can remember some part of the address. But I want a simple drop down list. Not hard to implement. Which is why Google doesn't have it — nobody there finds the chore challenging enough.

I used to be the worst kind of Google fanboy, orgasmic at their every little accomplishment. But nobody there seems to want to do the scutwork that that turns a collection of cool features into a real product. It's lame.

Oh yeah, and when are they going to fix those stupid bugs in the Firefox version of the Google toolbar?

The last time I ranted on this subject, I mentioned that I still used Yahoo maps some of the time because I sometimes needed features (like the bookmarks) that Google lacked. People sneered at me, pointing out stuff like Yahoo still using forms to enter addresses. Well guess what? Yahoo maps no longer uses forms either. And they zoom in and out the same way Google does. And their traffic reports are better. In fact, they've copied Google Maps feature for feature, and in many cases improved on them. Guess how often I used Google Maps now?

Re:Another Way Cool Google Feature--Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19696291)

nobody there seems to want to do the scutwork that that turns a collection of cool features into a real product. It's lame.

Oh yeah, and when are they going to fix those stupid bugs in the Firefox version of the Google toolbar?


perhaps they will be fixed when somebody else does the scutwork ? but judging by your posts tone it wont be you

Re:Another Way Cool Google Feature--Yawn (3, Informative)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696297)

Um, I bookmark google maps all the time. Maybe you're stupid? Cuz when you look up a location it goes in the URL bar which if you add as a bookmark will go to that location.

Sorry, but you're just stupid. All of the people I know use google maps to route trips or find places. Works just fine.

Last Missing Feature (2, Funny)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 7 years ago | (#19696377)

Firstly, excellent work Google Maps guys. This works beautifully - I can correct routes I take (359 to 323 miles in recent attempt) and send a URL to somebody. Awesome! I can also use it at tax time for figuring out mileage.

So, one last feature request. Frequently I have several stops to make on a trip and I'd like Google Maps to figure out the best path to get me to each of them (including traffic, of course) and then back home again. Maybe you could put this on the list for the next release? Killer feature, I tell 'ya.

You'd make this CS nerd's life easier - Thanks!

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