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Google Maps Introduces Earth Tours, Incident Reports Via Waze

by Brandon Russell | November 6, 2013November 6, 2013 1:30 pm PST

Google on Wednesday detailed several new additions to the Web version of Google Maps, including Earth Tours and improved traffic information from Waze. The new features are currently rolling out through the new Google Maps preview, so if you haven’t opted in to the search giant’s new mapping experience, now’s the time to do so. Otherwise, if you’re content to stay back and enjoy the older Maps, the new features will be available in the coming weeks.

Much of the update emphasizes Google’s Street View imagery, and locating spots where the feature is available. When searching around cities and towns, Google’s famous Pegman will show up in the bottom right corner; click on him, and you’ll see exactly what areas you can explore in Street View. When you find some place you want to see up close, simply click on it and you’ll zoom right in to street level.

Earth Tours is pretty much what it sounds like. Where Google’s new Earth Tour icon is available, you can get a 3D virtual tour from a bird’s eye view, though you’ll need a WebGL-enabled browser (like Chrome) to experience the new feature. In addition, Google is making it easier to get up-to-date traffic information, including incident reports through Waze.

To get a better idea of what the new Google Maps has to offer, check out the video above.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...