Why do people use maps?
People use maps to avoid getting lost. They are also used to compare and decide on a particular driving plan, for example, the quickest route.
Some sources state that in 2009 there are roughly 55 Million unique visitors each month in the US. In 2010, Google announced that more than 100 million people a month (~3M/day) are now using Google Maps for mobile. The actual number should include the users that hit Google Maps web site directly and the users that hit the many web sites that use the Google Maps APIs to show Google Maps on their web site.
Maps teach the people where they are. Depending on the map (ex. map of the world) it can tell you what region of the world you are in. It can tell you your neighbors and how far you are from other countries. City and similar maps can tell you how far you must travel to get to a location. It can point out many landmarks and other features that you may not have known of.
Some sources state that in 2009 there were roughly 55 Million unique visitors each month in the US only. In 2010, Google announced that more than 100 million people a month are using Google Maps for mobile. In 2011 Google announced its Google Maps API being used on over 600,000 web sites. Note the numbers may be misleading since there are different usages of Google Maps including direct use of the Google Maps web site…
Given the technology back then, I would say that maps were not as accurate as they are today but,were still an extremely useful tool. Maps today are used by many different people in many different lines of work. Example of someone who would use a map include: Delivery drivers, service personnel, aviation pilots, naval captains, locomotive operators, etc. Due to our ever increasing technology, map usage is declining due to Global Positioning Systems (GPS