Google Local becomes Google Maps

Search giant changes name of local search and mapping Web site to avoid confusion

Elinor Mills Former Staff Writer
Elinor Mills covers Internet security and privacy. She joined CNET News in 2005 after working as a foreign correspondent for Reuters in Portugal and writing for The Industry Standard, the IDG News Service and the Associated Press.
Elinor Mills

Google is changing the name of its local search and mapping site to Google Maps from Google Local. The search giant merged the two sites last year under the name Google Local. But the company decided to rename it Google Maps to avoid confusion because so many people were still referring to it by that name, said John Hanke, director of Local, Earth and Maps at Google.

The functionality of the site will remain the same, offering local search with integrated mapping, driving directions and satellite images.