"Last weekend a man in La Serena died after GPS directions led him into a lake. Gizmodo cites a Spanish newspaper report that says the man and his friend were led down a rural road that ended abruptly. It was dark, visibility was poor and the man, a foreigner not used to the area, didn't see the end of the road until it was too late. His car dropped into the lake and sank in a matter of minutes.
Microsoft is giving Bing Maps a much needed refresh in an attempt to compete with Google’s dominant product. The new beta utilizes Microsoft’s own Silverlight multimedia plugin to provide smoother zooming and redraws. It also allows some very nice looking 3D building maps. It certainly does feel like a very polished experience, in contrast to Google’s more utilitarian aesthetic.
Any one who commutes in major cities knows the value of back roads when it comes to avoiding traffic on the highways during peak rush hour times. Google Maps just added a nifty feature that will show you live traffic conditions on arterial roads (non-highway roads) in selected cities. Google Maps will also show traffic patterns on main highways as well, helping you see what the least-trafficked route is for your commute.
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