As I said, google doesn't broadcast where they intend to cover next; but they DO broadcast where they are currently. Google has a special site that you can visit to see the current location of their vehicles, categorized by country:
As I said, the chart on this page shows the current location and only seems to list the city or general area they are currently mapping. However, I think it's a start and below I'll show you how you can use this data to get an alert when Google starts mapping a new area in your country.
The method I'll describe here is a very simple one. The country data on the page above is populated through an XML feed. I decided to import the data into a Google Docs spreadsheet, and make the spreadsheet notify me via email if the cell that contains the data for my country changes. The steps I took are as follows:
- Create a spreadsheet in Google Docs
- In the first cell on the default worksheet (A1) insert the following function:
- Select Tools > Notification Rules and add a new rule
- Click the checkbox next to "Any of these cells are changed: ". In the cell range box, put the name of the cell that contains the data for your country (for my country, Canada, the cell was C7)
- Click the checkbox next to "Email - Right Away" under "Notify Me With..."
- Save your spreadsheet and exit!
The spreadsheet doesn't poll the source every second, but you should get a notification shortly after the data changes (certainly within the hour). Again, this isn't exactly "notice", but hopefully it will give you some warning.
If there is a lot of activity in your country (and you're getting too many notifications) you can use the FIND function to locate your area/city name within your country data and then base your notification on the result.