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Google Maps brings Rio update to app for a richer Olympics experience

10-August-2016
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Google Maps brings Rio update to app for a richer Olympics experience

Keeping in mind the high demand for content related to Olympics and a large number of visitors taking a trip to Rio to watch the games live in action, Google has brought various new updates to its Maps app.

Google is worked with the city’s government to maintain the most up-to-date traffic, road closure, and detour information possible on Maps so that travellers can get to their select destinations easily.

Tourists and local residents are tipped to benefit from the latest updates made to the app as it will give information on road closures, traffic, jam-packed attractions and other important updates. Google Maps aims to be a virtual guide in the real world and help tourists to select the mode of transport and know about the latest local updates.

In April, Google Maps launched real-time transit for 1300 bus lines in Rio’s metro area and bike routes throughout Rio and rest of Brazil.

The Explore feature on Google Maps for Android and iOS will help the crowd go past traffic and explore local places by tapping the “Explore food and drinks near you” at the bottom of the app.

Together with a non-profit group AfroReggae, Google has trained 150 favela residents on digital mapping skills and in two years they’ve mapped 26 favelas and have got more than 3,000 businesses on the map. Not only does this allow locals to find businesses, it has helped some local residents get a mailing address for the first time.

Google launched the 360 degree video platform “Rio: Beyond the Map” to coincide with the opening of the games. The series of videos begin with the viewer riding on the back of a motorcycle as it races through a favela’s streets and as viewers proceed they can click on video profiles of interesting people who are striving to improve themselves and their communities.

Watch a few “Rio: Beyond the map” videos –

Ricardo’s story -

Luis’ story -

Paloma’s story -

Viewers can also click on icons in the 360 degree video to get inside a larger Rio de Janeiro-dedicated Google Arts & Culture website with extensive archival content and online exhibits collected from a wide range of museums that have collaborated with Google on this project.

The refreshed Google Street View gives virtual travellers an inside look into the stadiums hosting the Rio games. They also launched indoor maps of all 25 official indoor venues and added more details to the maps of the 12 outdoor venues.

Trying to cash-in on the Olympic fever, Google has also launched the 2016 FruitGames Doodle and it is available on the Play Store and Apple Store till the games conclude. 

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