Google will discontinue Map Maker editing tool early next year

Google will discontinue Map Maker editing tool early next year

Tech giant Google has revealed in a recent announcement that it will discontinue the Map maker -- the editing tool for the company’s crowdsourced Maps -- in early 2017.

The Map Maker editing tool was launched by Google in the US in 2011. The tool essentially gives users the ability to add places to a map, as well as add “lines” – like railroads or back alleys – and “shapes” such as a parking lot.

Though the Map Maker editing tool is open to all cartography enthusiasts or business owners who are interested in appearing on Google’s crowdsourced maps, the changes that they make to a map go live only after due approval.

In announcing the imminent shutdown of the Map Maker editing tool early next year, Google said in a blog post that the features of the Map Maker will be integrated directly into Google Maps by March 2017, and the standalone editing tool will then be retired.

Further adding that before discontinuing Map Maker, the company will update Maps to add road-editing capabilities and other features, Google said that, with effect from this week, edits made in Maps will no longer show up in Map Maker for approval.

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