Tech History

February 8, 2005

Google Maps is Unleashed


The application was first announced on the Google Blog on February 8, 2005, and was located at Google. It originally only supported users of Internet Explorer and Mozilla web browsers.

Google Maps is a web mapping service developed by Google. It offers

  • satellite imagery
  • street maps
  • 360° panoramic views of streets
  • Real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic)
  • Route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle (in beta), or public transportation.

The service’s front end utilizes JavaScript, XML, and Ajax.