Google Walking Directions
Google Maps is beta testing a new “walking directions” feature, Alex Chitu reports. Apparently, it’s just being tested out on a small number of randomly selected users.
Since I wasn’t among those selected, I was a bit dubious since I was unable to personally verify, let alone test, said service. A quick search of another of Google’s products, its ubiquitous search service, revealed that Caroline McCarthy couldn’t, either. Doug Caverly, though, posts a screenshot. The Inquisitr claims to have talked to people at Google and was told that “A random portion of users may see [the] walking directions experiment in Google Maps.”
For those living in the suburbs, the concept of “walking directions” is amusing. If it’s close enough to walk to, you probably know how to get there. Now that I’m working in DC, however, I’ve actually had several occasions where I needed to go somewhere in town where driving and parking would have been either frivolous or more trouble than it was worth, using Metro was slower than walking, and where the “Google Driving Directions” were certainly sending me along a circuitous route. The prevalence of one-way streets and traffic circles adds substantial distance to a car trip that becomes a noticeable inconvenience when walking the same route.