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5/18/14 2:53 P

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I do not see it showing elevation in the way it describes, nor any option to show it. Either way, from the way its described, its still a long way from matching mapmyride.

5/18/14 4:05 A

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Yeah, I think that they might have been losing traffic to and which do show elevation and grades.

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5/18/14 3:16 A

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Awesome! Now I only have to wait for them to introduce this feature for Europe as well, but I hope it won't take them too long...

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5/17/14 9:46 P

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5/17/14 8:38 P

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Google Maps adds elevation data for cyclists braving the hills

"Google has quietly added elevation data to bike routes in its Maps service, providing better intel for intrepid cyclists.

The feature, which launched Friday, seems to work for much of the U.S. and Canada. Google says Maps already factored in elevation when determining routes for cyclists, but until now the elevation data wasnít made easily visible.

Type in an origin and destination for biking, and the service now displays a graphical representation of the routeís elevation. Drag the cursor along the chosen route and the graphic shows the elevation changes at any given point. The total elevation change is also displayed.

The feature seems to work for any distance. Even a bike route from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Texas, showed the elevation gain: more than 57,000 feet.

Google declined to comment further about the feature, first reported by Tech Crunch.

As of now the elevation data is displayed only on the desktop version of Maps, though it might come to the mobile Maps apps later.

Bikers who want that sort of data have other apps to choose from, such as Altimeter+ and Get Altitude.

Itís not clear where Google is getting its elevation data from, though it could be an integration with its own Elevation API. That software kit provides elevation data for all locations on the surface of the Earth, Google says, including depths on the ocean floor. Bikers probably wonít be using Maps for underwater rides, though."

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