Google Maps launched 10 years ago developed by a team of 50, now it has revolutionised the world of digital maps with more than one billion users
If you’d like to know how we got from a reliance on print maps to the point where today hardly anyone carries paper maps any more unless it is for special interest or as a back up, follow the link and read this well written story.
If you are a regular reader of my blogs, you will know that I rate Google as a guidance tool or a map more than true car navigation. I don’t believe it has reached that pinnacle as yet, or whether they are genuinely prepared to make that investment. I know what it takes to make quality navigation maps. It was also interesting that while they spoke about Navteq, purchased by Nokia a few years ago, but not about TomTom which I believe is number one in the world of car navigation today.
Thy do very correctly point out the phenomenal innovation that is Street View. It caused some consternation about privacy when it started and in fact captured many private moments. It is a fascinating tool which I believe is under rated and under used in many areas including education.
What is most interesting to me is that Google Maps is a household name and used by over a billion people, but has only been around for 10 years. Did you imagine something like that 10 years ago and what do you think we will be using 10 years from now?