Google maps are based on Mercator projection, which is distorted, While this map (based on a cylindrical-equal area projection) is more accurate, and shows Africa and South-America much larger than in current Google Maps. or otherwise, that is not distorted. Some distortion is inevitable when representing the 3D curved surface of a spheroid on a 2D flat surface like a map. Choosing the ‘best’ map projection always boils down to the intended purpose of the map and personal choice of the cartographer. For example, when you are planning to sail from San Francisco to Yokohama, the shortest route is along a Great Circle. To find the Great Circle route. you simply from the start point to the end point. When this route is represented on a standard (Mercator) map, the route appears as a curved line. However, when the route is plotted on a , the route appears as a straight line, and the rest of the map is ‘distorted’ to make this work. Note that the route goes north across the lines of latitude, then returns south in a nice arc. The sailor will have to constantly adjust the compass heading as the boat follows the Great Circle route. We don’t use the Gnomonic projection very often, but it is very useful for this one purpose. Obviously commercial air flights use this kind of map extensively for route planning. I think Google Maps uses the Mercator projection simply because it is the most familiar for the most people, not because of any cartographic benefits. The equal area maps have downsides that mercator don’t. If you were zoomed in on an alaskan city, north/south distances would appear way out of whack with east/west distances. That would, in my opinion, be a real practical issue, while distortion at global zoom level in mercator maps is a much smaller issue — since maps are very rarely used at that zoom level. I would bet that eventually, google will ‘fix’ it so that a map will always be undistorted at the center of the view, with it becoming more distorted as it becomes further from center. The distortion would hardly be visible at most zoom levels, but it would allow you to, for instance, zoom in on the south pole and get just as reasonable a view of it as you would in any other part of the world. I assume this is how Google Earth already works. It makes their logic a lot simpler to use a tilable system like mercator (or, for that matter, equal area). Until recently, their implementation was done with actual tiles — lots of individual square images — and fancier ways of doing the projections would distort those tiles as you move around. But they are moving away from tiles, and toward a ‘vector based’ approach that would allow them extra flexibility. This could potentially complicate things for third party developers who build applications on top of google maps, so they probably don’t want to move too fast. Also it would make it very difficult to have an overview that shows the whole world, while keeping things consistent. However, the folks at google are very smart, and I think there are reasonable ways to handle all of these things. The Peters projection is very nonconformal and distorts angles and relative local distances. Google is a provider of local maps, and the global map is only an index to those. Once you zoom to a specific area, the global issues are irrelevant. Google Earth has an actual globe (orthographic projection) as the global view, but this means only half the globe’s area is clickable at one time. Still, I would prefer this to the weirdness of either the Mercator or Peters projections, maybe Google will use it in Maps eventually. ‘I think Google Maps uses the Mercator projection simply because it is the most familiar for the most people, not because of any cartographic benefits.’ Answer: Google Maps is using Mercator projection to not distort angles. To recognize details on a map, this aspect is more important then getting a consistent scale for all longitudes. Why doesn’t Garmin receive traffic data from Google (assuming Google Traffic data is more accurate and up-to-date) for its Smartphone Link App… It was my first internship. I was still a senior in high school. And after about a month or so, the teacher asked me to prepare a lesson for the children in the G/T class. Teach them something cool and useful she said. Yes. There’s no doubt that almost all nations spy on each other. The exceptions are the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and possibly the Netherlands. These nations have a written agreement (with the Netherlands being in a peripheral relationship) that bars them from spying on each other and to ensure it, their spy and defense entities all have exchange agents and monitors staffed at … Source.