Google Maps: are they useful?

I was wondering about the possibility of including Google Maps in the web application I'm currently developing. The question is: are Google Maps useful or redundant? For example, here's a map from my hometown:

Visualizzazione ingrandita della mappa

Sure, allowing users to include their own maps is a good thing, but there are some drawbacks. First, Google poses some limitations to the number of requests you can make. Second, everything relies mostly on the browser support to Google JavaScript APIs, that is, if a browser doesn't support JavaScript, everything fails. In that vein, you can also use a server-side approach, but this would be very expensive in terms of performance optimization.

I think this is a feature that still needs a lot of time before taking a decision. Most of all, performance is a key aspect of my application, so this is something that might fall into the "additional/optional features" category.

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