Google Maps leak offers a 'tailored map for every search'

A signup page for a new version of Google Maps briefly went live ahead of its launch, promising improved personalisation and lots more.

Google is giving Maps a major overhaul, promising a "tailored map for every search", according to a sign-up page that inadvertently went live ahead of its official launch at Google's developer conference, I/O.

Spotted by Droid Life, the pages give a taste of the new features the Big G is adding to its cartographical service. "The new Google Maps draws you a tailored map for every search and click you make," the page promises. "So whatever you're trying to find or wherever you're trying to go, you'll always have a map highlighting the things that matter most."

In practice that will mean Maps makes better use of the information you give it, such as where you live and rating restaurants and attractions. It'll then recommend stuff it thinks you'll like and show you the way home too.

The search box, instead of sitting loftily above your map, will now be overlayed on top of it, and lets you filter by what other people recommend -- including your many close personal friends in your Google+ circles.

Other new features include a comparison tool for different modes of transport -- in the example pictured above, you can see how much faster a train is than a car. When you factor in how much each costs and their convenience, it'll help you plan your journey.

Maps will also incorporate Google's flight search feature and Google Earth's imagery, without a plugin. The leaked page also flags up its cool underwater Street View, which we first saw last year.

Google I/O is the software giant's annual developer get-together, and often uses the conference as a platform to show off new products and features. Our hopes of seeing a major new update to Android or a flashy new Nexus tablet were dampened earlier this week by Android boss Sundar Pichai, who warned us not to expect "much in the way of launches."

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Image credit: Droid Life

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