Redesigned Google Maps interface now available to all

Formerly available on an invitation-only basis, the revamped site offers photo tours of locations and public transportation options.

Google Maps redesigned interface. Google

Just two months after giving us a peek at its new Google Maps Web interface, Google has opened up the service to all.

Formerly available on an invitation-only basis, the revamped desktop interface was made available to all Internet users on Tuesday. Google offered a preview of the completely overhauled service at the I/O 2013 developers conference in May.

The update, which is available at the Google Maps information page, sports a new look based on the Google Now-inspired "cards" aesthetic.

The update uses vector data instead of graphical tiles, allowing maps to load faster, even when using the "zoom out" feature that allows users to zoom out as far as outerspace.

Users also can take photo tours of locations and view public transportation alternatives, complete with comparison charts that show differences in overall travel time.

Check out Google's introductory video:

(Via TechCrunch)

 

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