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May 25, 2007

Directions Without Highways in Google Maps

If you use the directions from Google Maps and you're afraid of driving on highways or you're a biker, you'll definitely like the new option to avoid highways. "When you click the Avoid Highways checkbox, the route instantly updates to one that tries very hard to stay off of interstates, motorways, and other major roadways. This may give you a much longer path, but one that you may find more suitable," explains Google LatLong Blog.

For example, if you go from Redmond to Mountain View and avoid the highways, you need 8 extra hours.

12 comments:

  1. Looks like a great service for drug / human trafficers. Perhaps even weapons dealers.

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  2. I've been waiting for this feature for a long time. It's one of the only features keeping me from choosing Mapquest over Google Maps for directions.

    Now if Google can add an "Avoid Tolls" box I'll be set :)

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  3. Yeah, I had to frequent to mapquest to avoid highways. Not sure why Google took so much time to get this done.

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  4. what kind of moron comment was that about drug and weapon traffic. I mean thats pretty stupid don't you think

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  5. I love how they route you down US Highway 97 through Central Oregon on that map (versus I-5). As somebody who drives that nasty stretch of road every day, let me assure you that I'd rather ride my bike down I-5 than ride my bike down 97.

    I think Highway 101 down the coastline might be a bit safer, but it's an ugly toss up either way. It'll certainly be more scenic.

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  6. I am a grandmother and i am afraid of busy highways,
    I also love to drive slow and enjoy the lovely views,
    Thank You,

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  7. This is a wonderful option for people who are anxious driving major highways. Anonymous

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  8. I can't find the avoid highways check box. Is it no longer available?

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  9. ellen, (as you probably figured over these two months) you need to 'Show Options' first.

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  10. This is needed for a long time- I want to know how to avoid freeways to avoid a humungous and very frustrating traffic- which is always there when i need to drive.

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  11. Wanna travel back roads from Lafayette Indiana to Indianapolis
    CarR

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  12. Does anyone know for sure whether the option is reliable ? I have to get to pembroke ON from Brampton, without getting on any highways (I don't have my G licence yet) and have a feeling that the directions its telling, consists of highways.

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