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Old 05-18-2012, 09:09 AM   #1
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Is it possible to click on a Google map? Also, how to find the distance bet. 2 points


Hi,
I'm not very well acquainted with Google maps, and trying to find out whether I SHOULD or not, so.... is it possible to click somewhere on a map, and have it return the latitude and longitude of that point?

Also, is it possible to give it 2 points and have it tell me the distance between them by ROAD, NOT a straight line joining the 2 points....? This type of thing has been done by Streetmap in the UK, I want to know whether Google will do it as well. I am in India, so the points would be in India.


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Old 05-18-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
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I'm not very well acquainted with Google maps, and trying to find out whether I SHOULD or not ...
I am in the US, and use Google maps every day. The data is remarkably detailed and generally accurate. That might not be the case in your part of the world.

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... is it possible to click somewhere on a map, and have it return the latitude and longitude of that point?
I never had a need for lat/long so discovered this by trial-and-error.
1) Display the map of my neighborhood.
2) Right-click on my house location.
3) See a pop-up menu.
4) Click on What's here?
5) See 35.753112,-78.870081 in the Google search window.
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Also, is it possible to give it 2 points and have it tell me the distance between them by ROAD, NOT a straight line joining the 2 points....?
Google asks for a travel start point (indicated by a mouse click) and end point (another mouse click). It then provides a suggested travel route, the distance by that route, and an estimated travel time.

The Google Maps user may alternatively specify a bicycle routing or pedestrian routing. Depending on the location of one-way streets and other anomalies, these three routes may be quite different.

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Old 05-19-2012, 02:56 AM   #3
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Google asks for a travel start point (indicated by a mouse click) and end point (another mouse click). It then provides a suggested travel route, the distance by that route, and an estimated travel time.


Daniel B. Martin
Is there any API for this? What I'm aiming for is for a user to specify a location when they sign up to my site, (it's an e-commerce-ish site, and I need to know where to deliver the goods to), and I can then tell Google - "My warehouse is here, how long to the destination, and how do I get there?" - is this possible? I'm assuming there would be charges, since this way the users wouldn't see any of Google's own ads, but I guess I'll just have to accept that :}
 
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Is there any API for this?
Google is your friend. Google on "google maps api" and find plenty of hits including this one:
https://developers.google.com/maps/

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I'm assuming there would be charges ...
Nope, it's all free.

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