Federal Railroad Administration to partner with Google on grade-crossing data

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The Federal Railroad Administration and Google are entering into a new partnership to help make the roads just a little safer. As part of a project between the two organizations, Google will include grade crossing data in their Google Maps platform for all rail crossings in the country. More importantly, Google plans to add in audio and visual alerts for drivers using the navigation feature available on their smartphones. Read more

Uber hires former head of Google Maps to oversee future technology developments

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Brian McClendon, a former Google vice president that worked in the company for the past 10 years who helped develope Google Maps and Google Earth, has recently been hired by Uber to oversee its new technology center in Pittsburgh. As Uber is currently trying to improve its mapping technologies, McClendon had the perfect qualifications for this spot thanks to his years of experience and expertise in the field. McClendon will be in charge of guiding Uber’s mapping, self-driving cars, and vehicle safety measures and will be supervised by Jeff Holden, Uber’s former Chief Product Officer.

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Google Maps will let you know if a place will be closed by the time you arrive

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Showing up somewhere late is bad and showing up somewhere that is closed is even worse. You could have saved yourself a trip having known the hours. Now, Google Maps will help prevent any of that from happening. Google Maps will alert you when a place you are plan to head to will be closed by the time of your arrival.

In addition to this, Google Maps added car rental reservations to search results of personal events.

Hit the break for the changelog and download links.

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Google Maps getting offline search and navigation

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There are still downfalls when it comes to using your phone for navigation. The world is not blanketed with one giant internet connection. Some parts of the world have no access to an internet connection whatsoever. Also, navigating with a phone is heavy on data and battery life. At Google I/O 2015, an update to Maps debuted that combats those downfalls.

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Google Maps offers up new traffic alerts just in time for the Memorial Day weekend craze

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Those of us here in the U.S. are excited for a three day weekend as we celebrate Memorial Day. However, the one downer is traffic. Since this weekend is kind of like the unofficial start of the summer, a lot of people travel to visit family and friends which results in a lot of congestion on the roads.

Finding your way is the easy part if you use Google Maps, but finding the best route with the shortest delay is no easy task. Google Maps already helps with traffic alerts, but a new update might makes things a little easier.

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Google suffers from another Google Maps hack

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A few weeks ago, Google Maps was hacked through the Map Maker function which resulted in an image of an Android peeing on the Apple logo near Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Google immediately apologized and removed the image. They supposedly suspended Map Maker as well.

Now they have suffered something similar. Don’t bother trying this because it has already been taken down, but yesterday if you searched for “N***** king” (yes that is the N word), you were directed to the White House. It even worked with the search term “n****a house.”

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Google apologizes for crude Apple image in Google Maps

Google_Maps_Bugdroid_Pissing_Apple_LogoBy now you’ve probably seen that sneaky little surprise in Google maps of an Android pissing on an Apple logo. We all sort of figured Google didn’t have anything to do with it, (not intentionally, anyway) but they’ve publicly come out and apologized for the gag, anyway.

The image ended up in the service thanks to Map Maker, which allows users to upload information about their local areas so Google wouldn’t have to do all of the heavy lifting. The edits are supposed to be reviewed and moderated before getting published, but it looks like Google got a little lazy this time around. Read more

Google Easter Egg or hoax? There’s an Android pissing on the Apple logo in Google Maps

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Google has been know for some pretty clever Easter Eggs, but if what I am about to tell you is yet another one, Google may have crossed the line. If you open Google Maps and go to an area near Rawalpindi, Pakistan (link below), you will find our lovable bugdroid pissing on the Apple logo.

Would Google do this? I highly doubt it as it’s probably some manipulation using Map Maker. Whomever it is, has to be happy with themselves because they definitely made some noise this morning. Speaking of noise…….Is that Larry Page’s phone ringing? “Hello Larry, this is Tim Cook……” You can finish the rest.

source: Google Maps
via: Team Android