As anticipated, Google Maps for iOS became available last night. The application provides driving, walking, and transit directions (no biking directions, unlike the Android app). The app uses Google’s geographic information that has been refined over the past seven years, includes Street View, and vector-based maps for fast, smooth zooming. It provides transit directions for every transit service that is included in Google Maps. And, Google Maps for iOS has a clean interface that makes use of swipe gestures.
David Pogue with the New York Times reviews Google Maps for iOS 6 very positively.
My first impression is that the app has a polished feel, with some thoughtful features, and that the transit directions features work well.
Transit directions map overview.
Swipe up to get a text itinerary.
Tap “20 stops” to get a list of all the intermediary stops.
The app remembers the last mode you used, changes the icon accordingly, and, as one explores, provides you travel times to locations for that mode.
Aaron is the founding principal of Trillium Solutions, Inc. He brings experience that includes 12 years of web-development with 8 years in public transportation, with knowledge of fixed-route transportation, paratransit, rural transportation, and active transportation modes. Aaron is a recognized expert in developing data standards, web-application design, digital communications, and online marketing strategy. He originally developed Trillium’s GTFS Manager, and has played a key role in the development of the GTFS data specification since 2007.