Google Puts Europe On The Map
Google updated its map service in Europe to include street level views and driving directions in much of Western Europe. You may still be on your own, though, when trying to exit that famous London roundabout.
Some Europeans seem disappointed that not all of Europe is covered. But those in Austria, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland should be excited to know that the maps appear in their native language and native country names like Polska (Poland) and Deutschland (Germany).
European shop owners will also be pleased to know that the new release can help tourists find them. A search for restaurants in Paris will bring up a balloon filled map.
Before approximately 3:00 AM (Paris time), only national borders were featured on the site. An influx of European map gazers, says Philipp Lenssen, may have slowed down performance there.