Welcome to Google Maps 303.
This tutorial will show you some of the additional functions and services that are integrated into the Google Maps interface.
Let's begin with a map of Denver, Colorado. First, we will collapse the directions pane on the left by clicking the side arrow in order to get a better view of the map.
If you notice on the map, in the top right hand corner there are two boxes. These boxes show you different map views and various data about the area displayed on the map. To see what options there are just hover your cursor over any box to make it expand.
There are mainly three different map views that you can choose to display on your screen. One of them is plain map view, which is shown on the screen. This view labels things like roads and highways, parks and recreational areas, and buildings if you zoom in close enough.
The second view is satellite view, which you can choose to see by clicking the "satellite" view box in the corner of the screen. As you can see, the box in the corner has changed to "map" view in case you want to go back to that view. Satellite view shows the satellite imagery of your location through real photographs spliced together. If you zoom in, you can more detailed imagery. Most things that were labeled in the previous map view are also labeled in satellite view.
The third and final view is best understood as a view inside a view, or an add-on to the map view. It's known as terrain view. Terrain view displays a 3d elevation profile of the area on the map. To access terrain view, you need to first click the map view in the corner. On the window underneath, there is an option titled "terrain". Click it to show it on the map. As you can see, the map on the screen shows 3D imaging of the elevation profile. To remove it, just re-click the "terrain" option again.
You may have noticed the other options on the map options pane. Clicking any option will show specific layers onto the map.
The "traffic" layer indicates real-time traffic levels with green indicating fast moving traffic, red indicating slow traffic, and the yellow triangles indicating construction work.
The "photos" layer displays a collection of available photos of different places on your map. They are placed in congruence with where they are on the map. . You can search for photos by different tag words in the left pane.
The "weather" option shows you data from weather.com in your mapped area. You can switch the metrics of the weather at the top of the left pane.
"Webcams" show different working camera views around town. If you click on a camera, it will open up a window of the latest view and where it's located.
The "videos" option, which collects its data from YouTube, shows videos that are tagged at different locations.
Clicking the "Wikipedia" layer will display various Wikipedia icons over things that are in the Wikipedia database. If you hover your cursor over an icon, it will show what it is. In this case, this icon is for Federal Heights. I can click it to learn more, and click the "full article" option to be taken to the Wikipedia website to read the entire article.
Finally, the "bicycling" option will display a layer that gives data on designated biking trails, bike lanes, and bike friendly roads.
If you notice, some options are not available. The 45 degree and labels layers are only available in certain locations and at certain zoom levels.
You can learn more about these options in the video description.