Google Maps is a pretty good tool, like most of the Google apps I’ve seen. The street directions are surprisingly detailed, and the mashup with Google Earth is a great feature. It could be made a little smarter – it would be nice if you could request directions between names of places, not just streets. And the directions given when two streets merge into one are a little vague. Some people are never happy, eh?! Still, am sure that these minor issues will fixed one day.

Of course, half the fun of playing with something like Google Map’s direction feature is in trying to catch it out. Am happy to report that I succeeded first try! Google Map isn’t quite clever enough to detect when no right turns are permitted into side streets. I haven’t tried to trick it with one-way streets, but would be interesting to know how it handles them.