Google Map It is the most commonly used navigation application for smartphone users. Apple Maps It’s been improving over the years, but still Google Supreme. One of the reasons Google Maps is so popular is the plethora of features the tech giant keeps rolling out. To follow this trend, Google announced a series of new features for Google Maps users. Here, we tell you five key features that Google Maps users will soon be able to use:
Find out about tolls before you travel
When taking a road trip, you may cross a toll road or two. Sometimes you may feel – but don’t know – that the price might be too high. To help you choose between toll roads and regular roads more easily, Google is introducing toll prices on Google Maps for the first time. Users will be able to see estimated tolls to their destination before navigating. Google will take into account factors such as the cost of using a pass or other payment method, the day of the week, and how much the toll is expected to cost at the specific time you’ll be crossing.
take the free route
If you don’t want to pay a toll, Google Maps will now tell you when a free route is available and show that route as an option. Users can choose routes that avoid seeing toll roads altogether. Just click the three dots in the upper right corner of the route in Google Maps to see route options, then select Avoid Charges.
Traffic lights, stop signs in Google Maps
Google is adding more details to the map. As a result, users will soon see traffic lights and stop signs along the way, as well as enhanced details like building outlines and areas of interest. Users will see more detailed information on the selected city, such as the shape and width of roads, including medians and islands. According to Google, this will help users better understand their location and help reduce the chance of changing lanes or missing a turn at the last minute. Google hasn’t specified if the feature will be available in India, but it did say that the feature will be coming to Android, iOS, Android Auto and car playback.
Apple Watch Easier navigation for users
One of the really standout features of Apple Maps is that it works seamlessly with the Apple Watch. Now, Google is integrating Maps into the Apple Watch. Google Maps users with an Apple Watch will soon be able to get Google Maps directions directly from their watch. After a few weeks, Apple Watch users no longer have to start navigating from their iPhone. Just tap the Google Maps shortcut in the Apple Watch app, and navigation starts automatically on the Apple Watch. They can also choose to add a “Take Me Home” complication to your watch and tap it to launch the navigation homepage on Google Maps.
iPhone users can now access Google Maps on the home screen
Widgets are now an integral part of the iPhone, and Google is rolling out a new pinned travel widget that lets users access their pinned trips in the Go Tab right from the iOS home screen — making it easier to get directions. Users will be able to see the arrival time, the departure time of the next transit trip, and even see suggested routes while driving. Google is making the Maps search widget even smaller so users can easily search for a favorite place or navigate to frequently used destinations with just one tap.
All of these features are expected to roll out in the coming weeks.