It was just a few years ago when before and while routing to any place, we used paper maps and atlas. But those things have become rare to cite now. Google Maps has revolutionized the way we find directions and navigate. And it is celebrating 10 years of existence today.
In 2004, Danish brothers Lars and Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen went to Google with an idea for a web app that would display static maps as well as provide users with the ability to search, scroll, scale and zoom. 10 years later, over a billion people use the service and it is Google’s second largest property.
It’s been an eventful journey for Google Maps as it became the go-to mapping service for most people. In the years, it also saw partners such as Apple who relied on its technology and bundled it to their software. Google Maps has since expanded its presence from a web version, to smartphones, and even wearable gadgets, while convincing people to throw their stand-alone GPS devices.
“If you hopped in your DeLorean for a trip back to before 2005, you’d remember the days when we were all dependent on paper maps, print-outs, post-its and sometimes even a compass for directions! Getting from point A to B is something we do all day, every day—from finding the fastest way to get to work, to dropping the kids off on a carpool route, to meeting friends for drinks at a new spot—so it should be as easy as possible,” the company noted.
“That’s why we created Google Maps and why we’ve spent the last 10 years figuring out better ways for you to get around,” it added. The company claims to provide most useful, accurate maps.
But what happens next? Google Maps, despite all the awesomeness it offers, hasn’t really offered new features in the past. Google needs to put its focus back on the mapping software, as emerging player Nokia’s Here is already attracting a lot of users. The service, unlike Google Maps, offers offline viewing and navigation. Something which Google Maps could use.