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Service: Google adds pedestrian mode to Google Maps - no new mobile client available yet
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 23.07.08 - 13:06:53 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 17989x
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Google Maps' "Get Directions" service just got another feature, available as a Beta (what else) only, which is called "Walking". Until now, Google always calculated and suggested a route for car use but with the walking feature, Google now adds the option to get directions, optimized for pedestrian. When I was in Paris last week, I used my Windows Mobile smartphone to get a calculation from Place de l'Alma to the Rue Lauriston and Google Maps Mobile suggested a 2.3 Km long way which even crossed the Place de l'Etoile instead of using a more direct, only 1.3 Km long way, which is also not the best but definitely better to walk then the suggested car direction:

(On the left: Google Maps classical "By car" calculation, on the right, Google Maps new "Walking" calculation)

Since I often use Google Maps on my mobile devices, namely Google Maps Mobile for Windows Mobile, I can only hope that this new Beta feature will find its way into Google Maps Mobile as soon as possible. Especially with the latest Windows Mobile smartphones, which now now features inbuilt GPS receivers, it's more then helpful to have a pedestrian mode for Google Maps Mobile because in most cases I use it when I'm walking, less when I'm driving.

However, I've just checked Google's Google Maps Mobile site this morning and so far there wasn't a new client released.

Cheers ~ Arne

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