Google maps has become a great success for the advanced features it provides: automatic scrolling, high definition images, and well devised controls. But up to now, many of these features were available only for a few countries, including USA.
This week, Google started providing maps for Western Europe, in an effort to improve the coverage of the service. According to the announcement in the official Google blog:
We're excited to announce that we have just launched beta versions of Google Maps for France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. These sites include the full suite of interactive street maps, driving directions, and integrated local business search. This has been a global effort with Google teams in Paris, Hamburg, Milan, Madrid, New York, Mountain View, Kirkland, Sydney, London, Dublin, and Zurich working together for much of the past year to build a truly "local" product.Link