We recently brought you the first part of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Google Maps, and now we are back with part two. There are many things that still need to be discussed!
Number Seven: Drawing on Google Maps
Stephen Lund, an eager cyclist from Canada, blends cycling and art with the help of Google Maps. Lund uses Google Maps to plan his routes and follows the exact directions on the road to create incredible GPS doodles. Last year alone, he drew 85 doodles on the streets of Victoria.
Number Six: More Than Street View
In early 2015, Google announced they would be launching a new Google Maps tool that would allow users to go underwater. Some of the locations available on Google Oceans include the Bahamas and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Some underground locations can also be visited, and the sky as well!
Number Five: Google Maps Regularly Helps Solve Crimes
Google Maps is a very powerful crime-solving tool. Some crimes have been solved thanks to the software. For example, Swiss cops discovered a weed plantation in Thurgau, while a Dutch kid stumbled upon a picture of himself about to be robbed of his bike, which led to the police capturing the thieves.
Number Four: Google Cultural Institute
Not a lot of people know you can walk inside the MET, the Louvre and the Prado museums without leaving your house or paying any fees. Google launched its Cultural Institute in 2011 and has been growing rapidly ever since. Hundreds of museums, galleries and exhibitions can be looked at from the comfort of your home.
Number Three: A Forest Named After Google Maps
Google Forest, in Africa, owes its name to the mapping service after it was “discovered” by British scientis. These scientists, who worked for the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, were looking for potential unknown wildlife in the continent using the app. Its real name is Mount Mabu, and a few dozen new species where actually discovered there after the event.
Number Two: You Could Track Every Google Maps Car
Back in 2011, Google released a Street View update that allowed users to track their drivers at all times. Probably due to a rise in ‘pranks’ that made it into the final images, the service was taken down. A humorous webpage was launched shortly after “to annoy Google,” urging citizens to write the exact location of the Google car if they ever stumble upon it.
Number One: Google Maps as an Archaeological Tool
Self-proclaimed “amateur satellite archaeologist” Angela Micol found some pyramid-like structures in Egypt while using Google Maps and Google Earth. The debate was on for a few months, with most scientist arguing that those are just natural rock formations, and many locals stating that those are real uncompleted pyramids actually cited in old maps and documents. We hope you enjoyed and found some interesting information about Google Maps!