TLDR: If you need to teach your users to use something they’re familiar with, your designers fucked up.
There is a video with instructions on how to use the new google maps. The map itself has a step-by-step tutorial.
There are two problems here:
First, there are less things on this version than on the previous. Missing things:
- One cannot browse wikipedia,
- or pictures on the map,
- or weather,
- or topography,
- or webcams,
- or drag the street view guy to see where it works anymore.
- Damn, the “where am I?” button is gone! Why do I need a map then?
- The “share” option is gone. Copying the url fails. Worse, there is a share dialog on the top… that leads you to Google Plus. Probably to share your frustration with the new Google Maps.
Second, if you need a video AND a tutorial to teach people how to use a product everybody has been using for years, your design is a failure.