Google Maps (Google Maps in Swedish) is a free map image and satellite photo service from Google. The maps and satellite photos cover almost the entire globe and can be zoomed in and out. Google's search bar is here adapted to show the result of the search through suggestions for places (companies, places, etc.) on the map and in a list to the left of the map.
Map data and error reporting
Most of the maps come from several different suppliers, including Europa Technologies, Tele Atlas and Transnavicom. Errors in the map of several countries, including Sweden, can be reported using the Report a problem link in Google Maps. Errors in maps of countries where Google Map Maker is available, such as the US, Canada and some countries in Europe, can be corrected directly with the help of Map Maker. Map errors for other countries can be reported using Tele Atlas Map Insight.
Google Maps was published on February 8, 2005 on Google Blog. It then only supported the Internet Explorer and Mozilla browsers. Support for Opera and Safari was launched on February 25, 2005.
Google Maps usually has slightly older data, which already existed in Google Earth. All images displayed in satellite photo mode in Google Maps are at least one year old and in some areas up to eight years old. All satellite images have watermarks to avoid commercial use by third parties in violation of the licenses that have given Google access to the maps and satellite images.
Many other map and photo services, with or without search features, have also been developed by Microsoft and many other large companies operating on the web.
More display modes have been added gradually. Among other things, there is a position with height relief and (at a larger magnification) display of height curves. In some parts of the world, visual data on the current traffic situation is also available on public roads.
Users can also save sub-maps where they can add points of interest. In addition, you can create routes and save these. You can also publish these maps so that other users can access them. It is useful to describe, for example, the road to a certain place.
Since May 2007, "Google Street View" has been available for many cities. It allows users to zoom down to street level and move along streets and see 360 ° panoramas from different locations.
In September 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Google Maps was updated with an additional layer of newly taken images of the damage that had just hit New Orleans.
On January 21, 2009, Google Street View Sweden was launched with street images from Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Eskilstuna, Jönköping, Skellefteå, Haparanda, Umeå, Halmstad and Växjö, among others.
From 2012, Street view photos are taken from other than cars. There are pictures from snowmobiles, bicycles, pedestrians, boats and divers.
In 2014, there are street pictures on most major roads in a large part of Europe, in North America, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Botswana, Brazil, Chile and some other countries.
There is software that automatically erases, among other things, recognizable faces and car numbers. In some countries, there are legal restrictions, which prevent the publication of images, or require manual deletion of people, which is why Street View is not there, or only in parks at times when no one has been there.
Google maps contains a number of layers that can be activated. Different layers show different types of information in the form of dots or lines. For example, there are layers with markings for geotagged photos, Youtube clips, webcams and links to articles on Wikipedia.