Google Maps is rolling out the ability for users to “draw” in missing roads and correct other details directly from Maps on a desktop.
In a blog post yesterday, Google said users will be able to add missing roads by drawing lines, quickly rename roads, change road directionality, and realign or delete incorrect roads as well as notify on closed roads.
In addition to the drawing feature, Google also added the ability for people to add “photo updates” to businesses or other places that are separate from reviews.
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.
Google said these features will be available in 80 countries within the next few months.
Navigation apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze (which Google also owns) remain one of the most useful kinds of apps, providing tangible value—while also gobbling up data to further solidify the corporate surveillance embedded in contemporary life.