Google Maps Will Let You Draw Missing Roads
Google Maps is great—except when it’s not. Missing roads, incorrect street names, closed-down bridges, and more can really put a hamper on your travels. And by “put a hamper on your travels,” I mean it’ll throw you into a blind rage as you stomp on the gas while you try to figure out where the hell you need to go when Maps leads you astray. But those frustrating inaccuracies are likely about to become fewer and far between thanks to a new crowd-fueled feature.
Google Maps is rolling out the ability for users to “draw” in missing roads and correct other details directly from Maps on a desktop.
“Add missing roads by drawing lines, quickly rename roads, change road directionality, and realign or delete incorrect roads. You can even let us know if a road is closed with details like dates, reasons and directions,” Google wrote in a blog post on Thursday.
To make an edit, go to Maps in your browser and click the menu button in the top-left corner and scroll down to “Edit the map.” From there, you’ll be able to draw in a missing road or make other edits. Of course, left unchecked this feature would be a nightmare that rapidly renders Maps an unusable disaster. So before any changes are made, Google will review user-suggested edits or additions before implementing them into Maps.
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