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Google Introduces Driving Directions In 111 Countries

Big mapping breakthrough should increase standing worldwide

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People who are planning trips abroad may be able to move "I’m lost" a few places down the list of foreign phrases they’ll want to learn.  Google’s taken a major step towards making that scenario less likely by introducing driving directions in 111 new countries.

The list of countries is, as you might expect, rather long:

Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Iceland, Iran, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands Antilles, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Reunion, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Western Sahara, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

We’re sure many people will appreciate Google’s efforts, too.  One slight problem might be a lack of Internet access in many of these nations (hence the U.S.-centric introduction to this article), but that’s not Google’s fault, and with this move, the company’s increasing the odds that its brand will be one of the first things new Internet users encounter online.

GoogleAnyway, considering that these 111 countries represent more than half of the countries in the world, there may not be a whole lot left for Google to do in terms of advancing global driving directions at this point.  For accuracy’s sake, the search giant’s just invited Google Map Maker users to add anything they think is absent or adjust anything that’s not spot on.

Google Introduces Driving Directions In 111 Countries
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  • Guest

    Huh. No China. No India. More than 1/3rd of the world’s people not included in this “initiative.” What rubbish.

  • Guest

    Note to previous commenter: Map Maker has supported directions in India for a long time now.

  • http://www.simimedical.com.au Tens Machine

    That’s a really great news but i was expecting India and Australia in this list. :(

  • Roland

    Mexico isn’t on the list neither. Sheds quite a light on the quality of the map data “made in Mexico”. Well, if you trust companies like MapData, that’s not strange at all.

  • Guest

    After listening to —-Huh. No China. No India. More than 1/3rd of the world’s people not included in this “initiative.” What rubbish….??????????????????

    I have to say that’s a selfish thing to say, since both these countries use and manipulate many of those smaller 3 world counties on that list… They use them for natural resources and anything they can get their hands on.

    China should do their own mapping system and offer it to the world, in all languages, since they are in the top 3 super powers… and they are a Democracy …..? right? They have nothing to hide right? I’m sure China would kick out Google, saying that were spying, if they went to locations they didn’t want Google, which is probably 90% of the country. Maybe when China has freedom of speech, media / press, Google will come visit. Till then, no way.

    Glad to hear they are going to map lots of countries in Africa, but there are few to almost no street identification systems in Africa. Without working with the Host Country Government, who will likely tax, extort and charge Google all kinds of fees because of Africa’s massive corruption problems, I find it highly unlikely that Google will actually follow through with this impressive idea.

  • Guest

    Rubbish?

    India is in there. You must have missed it.

    Perhaps chinas absence is due to chinas unfriendly posture with google that resulted in googles pull out. Did china even want google mapping their roads?

    What is rubbish is chinas policies.

  • Guest

    Hello. Will there be any driving routes for Trinidad and Tobago?