Aerial views are accessible to users worldwide. If one is available, you just have to find a landmark in Google Maps and visit the Photos section.
There’s also a pair of more conventional but very practical upgrades. Google is upgrading Maps’ cycling navigation with more detailed routing info, including heavy car traffic, stairs, steep hills and road types (such as a major thoroughfare versus a side street). You’ll also have an easier time comparing routes. The biking upgrades will reach “hundreds” of cities in the weeks ahead.
On top of this, there are new location sharing notifications that let you know when a friend arrives at (or leaves) a given place. This could help you find out when fellow concert-goers have reached the venue, for instance. The notifications only kick in for people who’ve already agreed to share their locations, and Google promises app and email notifications to ensure people don’t leave sharing enabled any longer than necessary.
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