The map of Paris becomes much more precise on Google Maps


Google updates the map of Paris on Maps. Its new version is significantly more detailed, which will prove convenient for pedestrians and motorists.

For those who need to find their way around a city, geolocation apps are highly practical – much more than a paper map to unfold. But the level of detail is likely to vary from service to service. And it is precisely here that Google seeks to distinguish itself, by announcing an increased precision of its view for the city of Paris.

This development, announced on February 18, 2022 in a press release, will be of interest to both motorists and people traveling on foot. Indeed, additional information in Google Maps includes traffic light positions, pedestrian islands, sidewalk layouts, and even the shape and width of the road to scale.

Today, geolocation tools strive to distinguish themselves on the variety of ancillary services they can offer, more than on the very accuracy of the maps. In this respect, the differences are no longer so pronounced: it is rare to find that a street is missing, especially in large cities. What can make the most difference is real-time information, but also the level of detail.

A tool born from the pandemic

This modification applies not only to the French capital, but also to other major European cities — Amsterdam, Brussels, Budapest and Prague, for example. The enhanced level of map detail was announced in August 2020, promising to cover global cities like London, New York and San Francisco.

At the time, the company explained that this change in Maps was in response to the pandemic: These details are all the more useful as more people choose to walk or take other forms of transport solo due to the pandemic. “, indicated the company. By walking, we avoided a risk of contamination in the train or bus.

The map of Paris becomes much more precise on Google Maps
Roads, but also sidewalks, cycle paths, traffic lights, lane widths, urban layout: it is on the level of detail that geolocation apps are increasingly expected. // Source: TCY – Wikimedia Commons

But as the coronavirus crisis seems to be gradually subsiding, these detailed maps can meet other needs too — especially for those in wheelchairs. Anticipating the route to follow before going somewhere is crucial so as not to face a sidewalk that is too small or that does not allow you to easily cross a road.

A year later, this deployment continued in August 2021 with a few other very large cities, such as Berlin, Sao Paulo, Seattle and Singapore. Google reports more than fifty cities that have benefited from it since the end of 2021. Service coverage should continue to expand in the coming months, focusing first on large urban centers.

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