While you wait for your invite to the Google Maps you can preview the new features on this handy More Than a Map demo site.
Google has updated Maps inside and out, from new colors to integrated Street View. Here's what to expect:
New colors give Maps a lighter, more inviting feel.
Gain a bird's-eye view of the world with integrated satellite view.
Improved Business Cards
Business cards will include direct access to Street View, making it even easier to find your destination.
Integrated Street View
Seamlessly explore new places within Google Maps using Street View.
Easily find what you're looking for with Places.
Now Google displays more than just streets. Use Google Maps to visualize available routes, whether you're looking for roads to drive on, areas with lower elevation, public transportation, or cycling routes, such as the cycling map of Stockholm shown above.
Probably one of the coolest parts of the new Google Maps is the Data Visualization tool. Here you can see where the world's population has grown since 1950 and how it is projected to grow until 2025. You can also watch flights leaving to and from a certain city, map earthquakes that have happened in recent years, and finish a timed mercator puzzle.
Have you received your Google Maps invite yet?