Google have extended their local search and maps to the UK. I’ve played with this feature on the US google, but it’s all the more interesting when it’s places from your own country. So for example I can now search for pizza near stafford and have it bring up my favourite pizza place . Or I can just search for my postcode and have it bring up my house. It’s all quite interesting, and very easy and smooth to use, thanks to Google using XMLHttpRequest.

There is one flaw for it though…the map data is innacurate. My house is displayed on the wrong street to the one I know it should be and the directions aren’t very good, Googles directions take about twenty minutes more than mine do and offer no options to avoid heavily congested roads or toll roads etc.

I wonder how long till they reveal a photo map of the UK, like is currently offered in the US.