Google Maps is a web mapping service developed by Google. It offers satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360 degrees panoramic views of streets , real-time traffic conditions, and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle and air, or public transportation.
Basic Map Types
- roadmap displays the default road map view. This is the default map type.
- satellite displays Google Earth satellite images.
- hybrid displays a mixture of normal and satellite views.
- terrain displays a physical map based on terrain information.
You modify the map type in use by the Map by setting its mapTypeId property, either within the constructor via setting its Map options object, or by calling the map's setMapTypeId() method. The mapTypeID property defaults to roadmap. Some Tools can download the small tiles and save them to your hard disk, including the normal maps, satellite maps, hybrid maps and terrain maps. Google Maps Downloader is an application that will help us to download all the images that we want, by simple inputting the exact coordinates of the location.
Custom Map Types
Image tile overlays which display on top of existing base map types. Generally, these map types are used to augment an existing map type to display additional information and are often constrained to specific locations and/or zoom levels.
Non-image map types, which allow you to manipulate the display of map information at its most fundamental level. Each of these options relies on creating a class that implements the MapType interface. Additionally, the ImageMapType class provides some built-in behavior to simplify the creation of imagery map types.