Monday, November 02, 2009

Google maps of South Africa

New detailed maps of many South African cities and towns, including Johannesburg; Cape Town; Durban; Pretoria; Port Elizabeth; and East London, were made accessible on Google Maps through any web browser via Google Maps for Mobile on data enabled handsets.

Although already available in South Africa, the map data has been improved dramatically and is now available with additional features. In addition to searching online Maps, Google Maps users will now be able to find businesses and check driving directions. Businesses will be able to add their own business listings for free via Google Maps Local Business Centre.

The map data includes a substantial amount of user generated content provided via Google Map Maker as well as thousands of business listings for South African cities. The new maps also include 'My Maps' and hotspots of a number of South African artists and experts such as music favourites Freshlyground and Thandiswa Mazwai, and designer Desre Buirski.

Information on streets, addresses and local businesses and services will also be accessible via mobile phones. Google Maps for Mobile can be downloaded for free. With this tool, users will be able to access detailed maps of South Africa and the world on the go.

In the future, Street View images of South Africa will be available in Google Maps and Maps for Mobile, allowing users to virtually explore and navigate a neighbourhood through 360 degree panoramic street-level images. Users can look up restaurants or hotels before travelling, explore neighbourhoods and arrange meeting points.

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