Google Maps has updated how you report new and missing roads on your desktop, allowing you to draw them directly onto the map.
Previously when you added a missing road to Google Maps, you could only drop a pin, type a road name, and write a note. Details such as exactly which way the road went, how long it was, and the nature of its curve were all up to your ability to or patience for rendering them in prose.
Navigating to this new feature is exactly the same as submitting a road correction prior to the update. Simply open Google Maps on your computer, click on the hamburger menu next to the search bar, select “Edit the map,” then choose “Missing road.”
Google Maps also announced another boon for people who say it best when they say nothing at all. Rather than having to write down your recent experience of a place or give your local bar a star rating, you can simply upload a photo of yourself getting absolutely smashed on Friday night (once you can, you know, safely do that) and let people draw their own conclusions.
To be clear, you can already upload photos to Google Maps. However, these new photo updates appear to focus on recent images, meaning there’ll be a fairly good chance the quiet-looking little cafe you’re eyeing is still quiet when you visit.
Photo updates do let you leave a short text description beneath the images you upload, but there’s also no obligation to make any sort of quality judgment on the location — or for you to write anything useful. It’s more about letting people see for themselves what the location is like at that point in time.
To see photos other people have uploaded for a location, look at the place in Google Maps and click the “Updates” tab. To upload your own, hit the “Upload a photo update” button.