Google is removing one of the best features of Google Maps as it starts to overhaul its ever popular navigation tool.
The search engine giant has revealed that the Google Map Maker community which has been editing and moderating the millions of entries that are received each year for Google Maps is to be integrated into Google Maps itself by 2017.
Map Maker, which had overseen entries for Google Maps since 2008 will effectively be shut down, Google revealed in a blog post. The move will help streamline and speed up the process of an edit to get published.
“This update will enable us to focus on providing the best editing and moderation experience within Google Maps on both desktop and on mobile. We’ll continue to roll out new features to make sure you’re able to do most of the things you’ve grown accustomed to doing in Map Maker – like edit roads – leading up to March 2017 and after,” Google said.
Google are more than happy for contributors to continue updating the maps, but they will need to join the ‘Local Guides’ program in order to contribute their local knowledge.
The new creation will give users who submit information and make edits the opportunity to earn points and unlock rewards. They will also get earlier access to new Google Maps features.
The latest update for Android users has brought Google Calendar into Google Maps meaning that users can access events directly from the map.
Google believe that this will save users time as they arrange their daily tasks and travel plans.