The search giant is opening up the map editing platform in the UK, enabling contributors to add and amend elements of Google Maps.
It will enable British contributors to mark trails in national parks, add shops in London’s Soho Square, or improve driving directions in rural areas. By sharing their local knowledge, they can make the map of the UK more comprehensive and accurate than ever.
Users can add different types of content, including places, roads, rivers, railways, building outlines, natural features, and political boundaries. Alterations need to be approved and then they appear across Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Maps for Mobile.
Contributors build up a score based on how many submissions they’ve had approved, and this leads to them requiring fewer checks.
UK Googlers and community members launched the new UK feature with a MapUp workshop in England’s Bletchley Park. The ‘before and after’ map of the area above shows how contributing to Google Map Maker can quickly transform a simple map into a detailed and accurate representation of a city’s local treasures.