Google Maps for desktop brings back Pegman, adds Waze traffic reports and 3D Earth Tours

After overhauling Google Maps for the desktop earlier this year, Google today began rolling out a significant update to the platform. Pegman, Maps’ yellow figure “mascot” has returned from his hiatus, and now serves as an easy tool for locating Google Street View imagery. Clicking on Pegman — now found in the lower right section of Maps — will immediately show you all nearby roads that support Street View. This “Pegman view” also highlights user-uploaded photos (Photo Spheres included) with a blue circle, and any businesses and tourist attractions that let you peek inside will be circled in yellow. Google is making a big deal out of Pegman’s revival, tweeting and encouraging users to pick his next “adventure” at Google+.

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