New Google Maps Drag and Drop Feature

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Google added last Thursday a nice little video to their YouTube account without mentioning anything significant to their blogs as they usually do for announcements of new product features.

Search Engine Roundtable noticed it on Friday and made a quick post, Lifehacker posted about it on Saturday. 

The new feature is in my opinion significant and worth more than the short video. If you use the driving directions feature from Google Maps, you will be able to drag and drop the “route” from anywhere during the suggested route to somewhere else, to use a different street or make a detour. Google Maps automatically adjusts the route on the fly for you. You can still manually insert additional stops, detours and destinations to your trip manually, but the drag and drop feature certainly helps.

See the animated image below where I dragged and dropped the suggested route from San Francisco to Los Angeles, which is via using Highway 5 to Highway 101, which is much slower, but not as crowded. I could have dragged it further to the coast to Highway 1, which is even slower but in return much more scenic and worth a trip by its own (Hearst Castle is for example on Highway 1).

The Google video shows another practical example where they used the feature in combination with the “Show Traffic” feature to change the route quickly to avoid highly congested areas.

Check it out. Cheers!

Carsten Cumbrowski, the internet marketing resources portal, resources like statistics and research data

Carsten Cumbrowski
Carsten Cumbrowski has years of experience in Affiliate Marketing and knows both sides of the business as the Affiliate and Affiliate Manager. Carsten has over... Read Full Bio
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  • Bashar

    When are we going to have something like this in Kuwait I wonder 🙂

    Would be cool, no FREE competitors and all GPS are so expensive.

  • Haochi

    It was actually announced on their LatLong Blog

  • Nathan Weinberg

    Very nice animation! Did you do it, and if so, you have to share how it was done.

  • CarstenCumbrowski

    Nathan: Camtasia Studio to record the screen and then to save important frames (not all) and Adobe Image Ready to put the frames together (I think I used eight or nine) and save as animated gif. 🙂

  • CarstenCumbrowski

    Nathan: Adobe Image Ready also optimized the images to reduce the total image size.

  • Diesel

    Nice animation, where can I get this Camtasia Studio ?

  • CarstenCumbrowski


  • Nathan Weinberg

    Thanks Carsten! I’ve had trouble getting a good framerate with Camtasia, but for something like this, I think I’ll start using it again.

  • Amit Agarwal

    Congratulations Carster and Loren!

    This is now featured on TechSmith blog.