I use Google Maps almost daily. Not just for traveling or directions but also to explore the world around me. So, I'm happy that Google is investing time, energy, technology and lots of money into Maps.
I'm not too happy about this bit from Frederic Lardinois at AOL Techcrunch:
Google doesn’t want to say when these features will become available, making it pretty obvious that today’s announcement is meant to preempt Apple’s rumored announcements next week.
Preempting a competitor just for the sake of doing so really doesn't have any real value, does it? Perhaps in the tech press. But they've obviously already seen right through that. Weird. Why not wait until it is ready?