Google Maps is the well-regarded mapping program by Google, available free at http://maps.google.com . You can look up specific addresses, search for businesses, and get directions. Did you know you can send that information for free via e-mail as a text message to your phone, or even to select cars with built-in navigation systems? You can even transmit this useful information to compatible, stand-alone GPS units.
The first step is to search for an address, business or location in Google maps. Once the address or place you’ve searched for comes up, a pushpin will display on the map. Click on the pushpin, and then click on the more option. Now you’re ready to send.
From this menu, you’ll be presented with all of the sending options on the left, and be able to choose what to send on the right. If you searched for directions, you can click the drop-down box next to include and select directions to send a detailed, door-to-door route for the addresses you typed in. You can also add information to the message, such as required arrival times at your destination or any other handy notes you would like to have with you.
What types of situations would this come in handy?
- Letting someone know where to meet you.
- Giving directions to a party at your house.
- Sending store information and phone number to your phone.
- Retrieving driving directions from an airport to your hotel when on a trip.
This service is provided free by Google, and outside of the minor advertisements displayed on Google’s site, there isn’t much not to love about this feature.