A Load of New Features Coming to Google Maps

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Google announced a whole bunch of new features headed to Google Maps this year at the Google I/O this coming week. From helping you get to reach your destination safely or helping you avoid crowds or traffic jams, Maps is evolving fast.

One of the new features is looking forward behind-the-scenes navigation tool that will consider “Hard Braking  Events” into account when choosing a route. Hard-braking moments are defined as incidents along a route that causes a driver to sharply decelerate and can be a leading indicator of a potential car crash. Google’s system will take these events into account when showing you a particular route.

Each time you get directions in Maps, they will calculate multiple route options to your destination based on several factors, i.e.: how many lanes a road has and how direct a route is. Then a special algorithm calculates the fastest routes and identifies which one is likely to reduce the driver’s chances of encountering a hard-braking moment. After that, the app will recommend that route if the ETA is the same or the difference is minimal.

Live View is getting an upgrade, with much more information for those using the AR tool. For example, if the user is looking through Live View, business information can be visible on any supported locations. The user will be clicking on the businesses and open up their information. From the GIF below, you can appreciate more detailed street signs placed on roads to help users know exactly where they are headed. If you are traveling it will guide you through places in relation to your Hotel. 

Coming soon will be the ability to check businesses in an entire area, such as looking for the best hummus in LA or that special organic market in the Shopping Mall roof. 

Google is looking to make Google Maps a tailored experience for each user. To achieve that it will stop showing users irrelevant locations when opening Google Maps.

If you live in Upper West Side Manhattan and open up Maps at 8 a.m. on a Wednesday, the app will feature nearby coffee shops rather than dinner spots so users can start their date with a caffeine shot. Going on a weekend, it’ll be much easier to spot landmarks and tourist attractions right on the map.

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