Pages like this are breaking the Web.
Interestingly it seems to work if you have JS fully disabled, just not when you block scripts from loading via addons. For each image it has:
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I think the best map in here for navigation is the last but one - the one with the cities, and roads that connect them, but without most of the road labels.
The intent with the paper map is that I use this view to get pretty much all the way to my destination.
With the Google map, I can do things a bit differently:
I think the computer map should not look the same as the paper map because it isn’t for solving the same problem.
I wish there were apps that displayed maps this way. Anybody have favourite alternatives to Google Maps?
Incidentally, I’m extremely frustrated with Google’s algorithm for directions. They frequently over optimize for driving time over other considerations. I have on more than one occasion played with OpenStreetMaps data to see if I can do better.
Waze has way too many ads and gamification of driving style ads.
I like a lot of the stuff in Here Maps for navigation (speed limits and such). Their nav is better, their map colour scheme sucks though and for some reason it crashes mobile data on my phone after a few minutes (wtf?!)
Honestly I miss my old Pioneer in-dash navigation system and might get another one for my car soon. I liked how once you approach a turn, it switches to a photo of the turn, the lane you should be in and a distance meter. I have a feeling this tech is patented and Google/Here doesn’t want to pay the fee, but companies like Honda/Ford/Pioneer/Tomtom are fine with it; hence why the car in-dash units are just so much better from a UX perspective.
I love a good deep dive into a niche topic like this. I just completed a scavenger hunt activity with my social studies class using Google Maps and Street View, and I believe that it has become optimised for that sort of use, compared to navigation. Basically you use it to find locations, not get to them. The intent being that you use turn-by-turn for that. However, when you’re in a place where turn-by-turn isn’t available (or you haven’t been given a name or exact address to navigate to), you’re going to wish you had a better alternative for traditional navigation.