One of the biggest hypes on the Internet this year has been Google Maps. The ability for web designers to use the Google Maps API free of charge and use the real-time satellite and map imagery software is just brilliant. Thousands of sites are using it, and I’m amazed that Google’s servers can cope with all the traffic. It’s dead-easy too — I had a play and set up this map of our travels fairly quickly. But what’s with the lack of map details outside the US, Canada, Japan and the U.K.? Not even capitals (like Paris, Rome or Sydney) are marked.
As soon as you zoom into a place outside the U.S., Canada or the U.K. with the map or hybrid function you get “We’re sorry, but we don’t have maps at this zoom level for this region”.
That is a shame. I realize it’s a free service and it’s still in beta testing, but it would sure be nice to have some basic map details of Europe on Google Maps — if only the rivers and major cities at first.