Developers are already using Google Maps on their websites in an ad hoc way. Some examples of interesting things done with Google Maps include housingmaps.com, dynamite.co.uk/local and chicagocrime.org. Google
wants help these developers and others by providing support and documentation for their innovations.
The API is open to commercial and non-commercial websites that are free to consumers. Google will include the Google logo on the map, a link back to Google Maps and may show ads in the future on the maps. More
info about the Google Maps APIs can be found at http://www.google.com/apis/maps/