There are new Maps capabilities that will allow users to get additional information about destinations like shopping centres and public spaces. The new capabilities are designed to assist Google Maps users in finding their way around holiday destinations.
Google said in a blog post that “many areas across the world are relaxing [movement] restrictions” following the pandemic-hit two years. As a result, it is expected that many people would take advantage of this holiday season to visit tourist attractions. To make these trips easier and more insightful, Google has added additional capabilities to its navigation app.
For this, there are a total of four features have been revealed. As Google Maps continues to evolve, certain features will be handed out globally, while others may be limited to specific countries. To begin with, here is a look at what Google Maps’ latest version has to offer.
Affluence In The Neighborhood
Google’s latest feature, Area Busyness, may eventually be the right option for those who wish to avoid crowds. Using this tool, you’ll be able to see how crowded a location is in real-time. As a result of this, Google Maps users can now see how crowded a certain location is at any given hour of the day.
Using Area Busyness, you can see how busy a location is at different times of the day. As a result, visitors to a public place, such as a museum, will be able to arrange their outings properly. Google Maps may also be used to show where the crowds are in a busy area, such as a market.
For this, Google Maps users will only have to tap on the region to bring up the busyness trend. Area Busyness will be pushed out internationally, on both Android and iOS, “in time for this Christmas season,” Google adds.
Upgrades to the directory
Maps have added a much-needed function for metropolitan areas, allowing users to quickly navigate enormous buildings. All the outlets in a major structure, such as an airport or mall, will be included in the Directory tab. There is also a list of related companies and their information, such as their time, rating and location, on each category’s respective tab.
You may quickly find yourself using the tool on Google Maps frequently if you frequently visit major places such as malls and shopping malls.
As a result of this upgrade, Google Maps users will be able to go food shopping in a matter of minutes. Users who purchase groceries using Google Maps pickup will be able to follow their order progress, share their ETA, and notify the shop that they have arrived for the grocery pickup, all from the app.
Currently, the functionality is available in more than 2,000 retail locations across 30 states in the United States. Google claims that individuals who use Google Maps to pick up their goods often wait “less than five minutes.” If this functionality is rolled out in other nations, we don’t know.
Google Maps will soon provide additional information about restaurants and cafés thanks to an upgrade. Google Maps users will be able to see the price ranges for restaurants on the app. Additionally, it will make it simpler for consumers to evaluate a location by allowing them to pick from a list of attributes that the location has or does not have. Outdoor sitting, delivery choices, curbside pickup, and other features may be included.
For the time being, the function will only be available in the United States, but it might expand to other countries in the future.