I’ve known it for a while but I now need to get it off my chest. Google Maps is a tremendous product. The idea of map based searching, is to me a very exciting one and Google’s efforts in this regard are, in my mind pretty impressive.
Despite this, there are lots of things that could be improved with Google maps. However the biggest of all these is the maps themselves.
I have used Google Maps to get me to meetings (using the maps – I have never found any online directions of any use whatsoever) on a number of occasions and I invariably end up getting lost.
I consider myself to be a pretty good at map reading and have always faired pretty well at navigating myself to somewhere new.
I initially blamed it on the relatively small amount of map you can get on a print out. However today it struck me what the real problem is.
I was planning a trip on Monday (admittedly it was for a Yahoo! seminar, so Google would probably be quite keen for me to get lost) when I felt the urge to turn to Multimap for the first time in 12 months.
This is because I wanted to find out were to park. I tried searching on Google for parking with the postcode to no avail. Over on Multimap, I put in the postcode and up comes a map with little P signs all over. Perfect. So I am now off to my seminar with both a Multimap map and a Google map.
So it is the lack of features on Google Maps that is my primary issue. There is nothing other than street names to orientate yourself with.
Wouldn’t it be great if Google maps used OS maps with every pub, phone box, church, station and car parked marked? A-Z maps would also be a good. I would never get lost again.