Google Maps

Consumer App

Google Maps

Web mapping service that provides navigation and place information



The general Google Terms of Service apply to this app.


Google Maps is a Web mapping app that offers:

  • street maps
  • a route planner for traveling by foot, car, bike, or public transportation
  • an urban business locator for numerous countries.

It powers many map-based services, including:

  • Google Maps website
  • Google Ride Finder
  • Google Transit
  • Maps embedded on third-party websites via the Google Maps API.

Google Maps satellite images are not updated in real time, so they are several months or years old.

Student consent?

  • Before using this app to share student information, you may need to obtain your students’ consent as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • See Adapting the Consent and Waiver Form for Your Course (restricted to Unity account holders).


  • By their very nature, maps cause accessibility problems for some populations.
  • It is acceptable to use maps, but you should plan for conveying equivalent information to certain users, notably visually impaired users.


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