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June 25, 2005

Google Maps: Making Sense

One of my big complaints about MapQuest has always been that it loves to make you turn left onto busy streets across multiple lanes of traffic.

Google Maps, on the other hand, prefers right-hand turns. This is much more sensible, as you can almost always make a right-hand turn work. Since they're using map data from the same company, they'll both fall apart depending on the accuracy of Navteq's data. As far as routing algorithms go, though, I'm vastly preferring Google's at this point. Google Maps is also better about inferring what you mean from what you give it. With Mapquest, you always get the "I didn't find that exactly, did you mean this?" page even when there's only one result on it. Google more smartly forges ahead since there's only one option.

It also has the added benefit of being able to easily switch to satellite photo view so you know what the area looks like before you drive through it (e.g., "the turn I want is past the big statue," or "I think I'll double-check the doors are locked").

Posted by Colin at June 25, 2005 4:30 PM

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