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Latest Innovation of Google Maps’ Street View in London, England

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in digital maps, Google Maps, landmarks, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Latest Innovation of Google Maps’ Street View in London, England

Directionally challenged people (and the not-so challenged too) often have a love/hate relationship with wayfinding technology. GPS and online mapping services can fail us at the worst of times, but can also provide orientation thrills and chills.

A story on USAToday.com, by Stephanie Haven, describes Google Maps’ latest innovation. If you’ll be traveling to London, England (actually, or in your dreams. . .) you can now have a 360-degree “street view” of the river Thames. With this mapping technology, you can see images of the Tower of London and Houses of Parliament, “as if you were standing on a bridge looking over the Thames yourself,” according to a Google spokesperson.

http://usat.ly/1hpOtVZ

This type of technological wonder is a boon to directionally challenged people who often have a hard time understanding maps because they can’t make the translation between how places look from above and how they appear on the ground. (If you’d like to know more about this, see Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, Chapter 6: Reading Maps.)

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If you’re directionally challenged you need the award-winning book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant. www.directionalsense.com

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