Google Maps rolls out handy distance calculation tool

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If the distance on the line shows up in miles and you want kilometers, just glance over at the information box on the left of the screen and you’ll see data for both.

The new feature also allows you to express your creative side, with Google showing off its potential with a lovingly-drawn human-shape, presumably the work of one of its in-house artists.

While it’s been possible to get distance information with Maps via Directions, My Maps, or Maps Labs, the new feature makes it easier than ever to get hold of the data. More