Local Suggestions for Google Maps

GoogleTM Maps is a new online service from GoogleTM that allows users in the U.S. to find location information, navigate through maps, and get directions quickly and easily. GoogleTM Maps has several unique features:

Draggable Maps
You can click and drag GoogleTM Maps to view adjacent sections; no more long waits while new areas download.

Integrated Local Search Results
GoogleTM Maps integrates local search results from Google Local. So to find a pizza place, simply type in "pizza in San Jose", and pizza places appear at various locations on your map, with phone numbers for each location on the right side of the page.

Turn-by-Turn Directions
Type in an address and GoogleTM Maps plots the route for you, displaying it visually on the map itself, together with step-by-step directions for getting there (or back from there). When you click on one of these steps (say, "turn left"), you see a floating bubble with a magnified view of the area mentioned in the directions.

Keyboard Shortcuts
You can use arrow keys to pan left, right, up and down. The Page Up, Page Down, Home and End keys let you pan out even wider. And you can zoom in with the plus (+) key and zoom out with the minus (-) key.

Click here to check out this new tool from Google.